Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Orange County: Popbar

In November, my sister had a med school interview in Irvine.  T and I seized the excuse to go along for the ride.  I took two comp days from work and away on a SoCal road trip we went.

Our first stop, as is now our tradition, was Jitlada for lunch.  Then on our way down to Irvine, we swung by Anaheim Packing District:


















Also known as LA Packing Company to nobody except T.  T's the worst when it comes to remembering names.  My sister and I spent forever trying to Yelp the place, only to find out much later that T had sent us on a wild goose chase.  Again.

Oh, T.

Anyway, Anaheim Packing District is a hipster foodie paradise:


















It's basically two stories filled with food vendors and artwork.  There's a lot going on and even more is in the works.  We saw quite a few spaces that were still under construction.

After walking around, we finally decided on Popbar:


















Popbar offers a bunch of different popsicle, oops, I mean pop, flavors.  After you pick one, you can choose how you want to dip and "pop" it.  Dipping options include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and mint dark chocolate.  Possible poppings include almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, coconut, chocolate sprinkles, caramel corn, and crushed waffle cone.  As if that isn't enough, you can choose to drizzle even more chocolate on your pop creation at the end.

We got two to split between the three of us:


















From the popSorbetto selection, we decided on the mango.  Because I'm a firm believer of keeping my fruit and chocolate separate and never the twain shall meet, we kept it unadorned.  The pistachio from the popGelato collection, however, we half dipped in milk chocolate and hazelnut.

The pistachio was my favorite.  Super smooth and yummy.

Popbar is young and hip and as such, it comes with a young and hip price tag.  A basic pop costs either $3.49 or $3.99.  Choosing to dip costs you an additional $0.50 as will deciding to "pop".  So one pop could easily set you back 5 bucks.

Worth it?  Probably not.  But that certainly won't stop people from heading back for more.


Popbar
440 South Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 215-4679
http://www.pop-bar.com/

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