Had lunch Thursday at the Corner Butcher Shop, at Fruit and Foothill in La Verne, a new, yet old-fashioned, butcher shop that also serves sandwiches. My pulled pork on a French roll, plus cole slaw and a Faygo soda ($8.40), were good stuff. (In-joke for Claremont Courier readers: Martin Lomeli wasn’t eating there.)
From there, after a couple of errands, I dropped into 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt at Foothill and Mountain in Claremont. Only my second time in the place, but whenever I pass by, there’s either a line out the door or people are walking toward it from the parking lot as if hypnotized. (The 21 Choices in the Village Expansion, which has been under construction for probably a year, albeit with little to show for it, now looks like it could actually open. Someday.)
I ordered one of the daily specials, vanilla bean (“98 percent fat free”), and had the counter girl add strawberries. She plopped out the yogurt onto a cutting board, added fresh strawberries and began chopping the whole thing up with a cleaver.
A customer watched all this, asking the counter girl what flavor of yogurt it was, saying it looked good and asking me if I’d had it before (no). The counter girl told her that chocolate with strawberries was very popular.
The customer then said to me excitedly, “You know what would be really good? Strawberries with marshmallow.” I scrunched up my face, indicating that I disagreed violently, and also that in my opinion she may have lost her marbles, and paid my tab ($3.95).
On my way out, I heard the customer order vanilla bean yogurt.