Desserts at IKEA - Costa Mesa
Spending more than what's necessary just to tempt your sweet tooth is foolhardy, especially these days. People know it. I'm guessing this is the reason why the Pinkberry at The District in Tustin is always deserted.
It's probably also the reason why there's always a line at IKEA's bistro.
$1 is the total cost for their drippy-delicious non-fat frozen yogurt cone. There's no fresh fruit or cereal for toppings. What's more, IKEA's yogurt is squarely set on the sweet side of the spectrum, not the sour. But it's swirled by a trained IKEA employee into a standard cake cone as a windy, sky-scraping helix. They stretch it as tall as possible until it becomes a precarious, wobbly spiral that seems to dare gravity into reclaiming it.
And there's no need to break out the change. The charge is $1. That's it. Tax is included. It doesn't matter if you're in a branch in O.C. or L.A., it's still a buck.
As soon as you get it, concentrate on consuming it post-haste. Unless you plan to trek into the tundra with it, the frozen stack starts melting immediately. It's your mouth against against the clock. The race starts now.
In the concoction you'll taste a combination of dairy and crack. It's just sweet enough to titillate, creamy enough to satisfy. Best of all, it's guiltless on two fronts. After that last crumb of cone is gone, you would've only spent a buck and a hundred calories.
The cinnamon rolls, however, are another matter. Although it's also a dollar, I took a forkful of this stuff and literally heard my teeth starting to rot. With every piece I chewed, I inched towards diabetes.
Both are sort of IKEA's reward to you for completing its furniture showroom labyrinth -- the cheese at the end of the maze.
Also, since the bistro and its oh-so-cheap-sweets are strategically located near the exit, IKEA can be assured that you're not walking around the store dripping ice cream onto their couches and touching everything with your sticky, cinnamon roll-sullied fingers.
These Swedes thought of everything! Now if they can only figure out how to make affordable furniture that lasts.
1475 South Coast Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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