Because DC is tragically unhip, we adopt food trends about five years later than all the cool-kid cities. Cupcakes were huge in New York, like, 10 years ago, and are now kind of passé. Here? Cupcakes are relatively new and still very popular, as evidenced by last year’s Cupcake Wars.
So too with frozen yogurt. In the past year DC has seen a proliferation of Pinkberry-style frozen yogurt shops, all with cute names like YogiBerry and Mr. Yogato. The P Street TangySweet, near my apartment, converted me from skeptic to believer – I was amazed to find myself willingly shelling out $5 for a little cup of yogurt and fruit. Then Georgetown-based SweetGreen opened a location on Connecticut Avenue. Their Sweetflow yogurt was even better than TangySweet’s, in my opinion, and also a dollar cheaper.
The Sweetflow Mobile, which brings the yogurt to downtown DC at lunchtime, adds the dollar back on. But there’s something delightful about getting a cold treat in the middle of the workday from the modern equivalent of the Good Humor truck.
This truck, though, features many environmentally friendly innovations in keeping with SweetGreen’s mission. According to its website, the truck is “uniquely engineered to run without a generator, thus significantly reducing the amount of fuel consumed.” Their cups and spoons are biodegradable. And according to enthusiasts from the League of Conservation voters, SweetGreen sources it berry toppings from the Dupont Circle farmer’s market. Very cool! Though, unfortunately, I am addicted to the non-local topping triumvirate of mango, coconut, and granola.
You can find out which intersection the Sweetflow Mobile truck is at by following SweetflowMobile on Twitter.