Yolatea provides good food and popular hangout

May 27, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim

I stopped by Yolatea on a sunny Saturday as I walked home through downtown Saratoga. The place seemed inviting and I craved something sweet, so I entered through its doors.

There was a display of a dozen different flavors of gelato along with the popular option of Pearl Milk Teas and crepes. My friend ordered a strawberry Pearl Milk Tea and I got a Nutella and Banana Crepe, an amazing combination of flavors. I had high expectations for the food, since I heard rumors about the quality of the crepes.

When it arrived as I sat waiting on the comfortable benches, I knew I was going to enjoy the treat. It was sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with the creamy Nutella. My friend drank his Pearl Milk Tea and enjoyed it as well.

We had to wait a bit for the crepe because there was only one worker there. Small groups of people filtered in and out the store as I sat and finished the last bit of my crepe.

I gave three stars for the closeby location of Yolatea. I was able to grab a quick snack instead of driving farther to popular frozen yogurt stores like Yogurtland and Red Mango. The store is within walking distance from the school that even the underclassmen can enjoy themselves.

The only drawbacks are the slight overpricing of crepes and ice cream, which led me to take off one star. The thin pancake filled with chocolate and fruits are a delightful snack, but it made me wince when I saw the final price of nearly $6. A scoop of gelato cost me a bit over $3. My mouth was happy, but my wallet was slightly in pain for using about $10 for a daytime snack.

My conclusion is that Yolatea is a great place to indulge in sweets and to hang out with friends. While it is a slight strain on the wallet, the food is a good quality and perfectly satisfies anyone’s cravings for a healthier alternative than a Frappuccino or an ice cream.

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