Rumor Confirmed: Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to Westlake Village


Neighbors, it is confirmed. Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Westlake Village!

I might have a tear of joy in my eye as I type this.

dunkin donuts coffee cup

Coming soon!

I received a wonderful voice mail message today from a rep at CBRE, the property management company for North Ranch Gateway, otherwise referred to as the TJ Maxx plaza at Thousand Oaks and Lindero Canyon. We’ve all seen the construction and facelift that plaza is getting. My kids remark on it every day as we drive past, and it’s a source of curiosity for everyone in town.

The rep confirmed that Dunkin’ Donuts will occupy part of the building that once housed Barbecues Galore. (The other part will be a Bank of America.)

Vacancies are filling up at North Ranch Gateway!

The rep also said that a nail salon and a Brazilian grill will be moving into the plaza, and that they’re in talks with some other restaurants as well. Their targeted timeline is to have these businesses open and ready for business by the end of the year or early in 2017. Here is how I feel about this:

I was pretty excited about finally making my pilgrimage to the Santa Monica @DunkinDonuts. #donuts

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Stay tuned for more news and information as we get closer to this glorious day. (This post is brought to you only by my lifelong love of their coffee and glazed donuts.)

Super Mario Comes to Yogurtland

Nintendo and Yogurtland are offering Super Mario-themed flavors, decorations, and a sweepstakes for a limited time this summer!

yogurtland super mario kids

It’s time to power up with Nintendo flavors for the summer! Every few weeks, Yogurtland will roll out a new themed flavor. When we visited as guests of Yogurtland, we encountered Mario’s Chocolate Gelato, Goomba’s Iced Coffee, and Yoshi’s Honeydew on the wall. Only the first two were working when we got there. I did have a chance to sample the honeydew right before we left, though, and I wish the machine had been functional when we arrived, because it was very refreshing on a super hot summer day!

yogurtland super mario iced coffee

While the kids heaped their Mario-themed bowls with chocolate, I opted for Gooma’s Iced Coffee topped with Heath bar crumble, and a sour cherry candy (but one of the boys took that and ate it before I could).

The biodegradable spoons are also Mario-themed, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, and Princess Peach, as is the colorful display on the store front.

yogurtland super mario storefront

And right there on the tables, you can see how to enter the Game On sweepstakes! This contest features a grand prize of a Wii U System and one year of free Yogurtland yogurt with a variety of other instant prizes to be awarded daily.

yogurtland super mario sweepstakes

These kids are obsessed with Super Mario Bros. 2 at the moment (in between bouts of Minecraft and YouTube surfing), so getting them out to have a sweet treat at Yogurtland that tied right into their gaming was a perfect summer outing.

yogurtland super mario kids table

I look forward to trying Princess Peach Tart – the Yogurtland site has a handy “flavor finder” so you can see which local locations are serving up the flavor you’re looking for. Or you can see which flavors are being served currently at your local store – here’s the list of available flavors at the Westlake location. Which one is your favorite?

Yogurtland Westlake Village
111 S Westlake Blvd
Westlake Village, CA
91362 US

Yogurtland’s Flavor Quest For International Treats

Yogurtland brings back its Flavor Quest event with nine limited-time yogurt flavors and three new toppings, now through June 1.


A new flavor launches each week and will be available for two weeks

–        Indonesian Chocolate Java Cake

–        English Toffee

–        Thailand Mango Coconut Tart – this was available when I visited but only blended with a different flavor. Still, I could taste its refreshing coconutty sweetness!

–        Austrian Apple Strudel with Caramel

–        Middle Eastern Fig & Honey Gelato

–        Mexican Horchata

–        Argentinian Dulce De Leche Cookie

–        New Zealand Kiwi Raspberry Sorbet

–        American Peanut Butter Parfait

I took a bunch of boys to the Yogurtland in Westlake Village (at Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards) to try some of these new flavors out. The boys went for straight up chocolate, but I was feeling more adventurous. I was on a quest, of course!


I made my Yogurtland creation with Austrian Apple Strudel with Caramel, topped with 2 of the three new toppings: creamy Venetian Chocolate Truffles, and French Galette cookies (there will also be shortbread cookies).


The truffles, to be honest, should really be enjoyed on their own – they were amazing. But the French galettes were a perfect accompaniment to the sweet yogurt, making this really taste like apple strudel!


Coincidentally, it was my son’s birthday, so we snuck a candle into the yogurt and sang to him!

middle eastern fig and honey gelato

I am looking forward to going back and having the Middle Eastern Fig & Honey Gelato, which apparently arrived late last week. Check out their Facebook page for announcements about each new flavor.


111 S Westlake Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91362

I received a gift card to cover my Yogurtland purchase. All opinions are my own. All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones.