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Pinkberry Giveaway

It’s time for some swirly goodness.

Pinkberry will open its second store in San Jose on March 3 at 1110 Blossom Hill Road in the Pueblo Plaza shopping center.

A grand-opening celebration is planned for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. that evening. Stop by to enjoy free fro-yo, and a DJ appearance by Evan Taubenfeld, the singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for Avril Lavigne.

Enjoy your fix of six flavors at the Pueblo Plaza locale: Original, Pomegranate, Coconut, Chocolate, Mango, and a rotating feature flavor such as the recent Blood Orange.

To mark the opening of the new store, Food Gal is giving away two $20 Pinkberry gift cards. They can be used at the Pueblo Plaza location or at any other Pinkberry location.

Contest: Entries can be submitted through midnight PST March 5. Two winners will be announce March 7.

How to win?

Since Pinkberry is known for its motto of  “swirly goodness,” tell me something you’ve eaten that was concocted of seemingly disparate flavors or ingredients that when put together actually was enjoyable.

The two best answers win. Here’s my own answer to that question:

“When I was a newspaper reporter in Florida, there were many nights where I had to stay late at the office to finish writing up a late-breaking story. I remember getting home one night, starving because I hadn’t had any dinner, yet too pooped to stop anywhere at that hour for something to eat. I pulled a can of tuna out of the cupboard and the jar of mayo from the fridge, thinking I could make a tuna sandwich. Just one problem — no bread. But just then, I remembered I had some Eggo waffles in the freezer. I know what you’re thinking, as I thought it, too: tuna and waffles??? I toasted two of them, smeared the tuna salad on, pressed the waffles together and took a bite. It was actually pretty good. The waffles added a texture far more crunchy than bread would have, and the tuna salad sunk into every lovely crevice. As I ate the last bite of my unusual sandwich, I was just glad that I had stuck to the basic and hadn’t reached for the cinnamon or chocolate-chip Eggos on my last trip to the supermarket.”

Winner of  the last contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me one of your favorite eats in Los Angeles. Three winners each will receive a pair of tickets to the 2011 Los Angeles Grand Tasting food and wine event on March 2 in downtown Los Angeles. The tickets are valued at $60 each.

Congrats to these three:

1) Juliana, who wrote, “One of our local restaurant that we enjoy is Eatalian in Gardena…in the middle of nowhere, but the pizza is awesome.”

2) Judy Moreland, who wrote, “One of my favorite ‘good eats’ in Los Angeles is the Chicken Pad See Ew at Sanamluang in Hollywood. Every time I have to cut through Hollywood to avoid rush hour freeway traffic on my way home from the Westside, I stop by and get some to go. It almost takes the sting out of having to take surface streets to get home. The noodles are flavorful without being greasy, the greens are braised perfectly, and the chicken is juicy and tender. The low prices are beyond great (but it’s cash only, so be advised) and the portions are so generous that I can fill up on it at dinner and still have some left over for lunch. I also recommend their Spicy Beef Salad (they’ll make it as hot as you can take it) and the General’s noodle soup which also big enough for more than one meal.”

3) Lok, who wrote, “I have 3 words for you: Jitlada, Jitlada, Jitlada! It’s not because of Jonathan Gold’s or Irene Virbila’s rave reviews or the lines out the door from 4 p.m. til close. It’s the scrumptious Southern Thai menu that you can’t find anywhere else. Spring rolls and Pad Thais are a dime a dozen (excuse me, a baht a dozen), but how many restaurants can boast of world class coco mango salads (tendrils of coconut cool your tongue), jungle curries, and crying tigers with juicy, smoky pork? Yes, the intense spices will cause your tear ducts to gush open like Niagara Falls, but you’ll quickly dab those tears away when you realize you have enough leftovers to last you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow.”

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