The food gods must be listening because they heard my prayers for a downtown gelato place. Dangerously good, Mondo Gelato's creamy sweets are all-natural and produced in small batches so the flavor selection rotates often. Italian candies are the inspiration for my two favorite flavors: Bacio, chocolate with chunks of roasted hazelnut, and the toasted-coconut-and-almond-laden Rafaello. Mondo also serves affogato, which is hot espresso poured over gelato. For the lactose-intolerant, there are non-dairy fruit sorbettos and a variety of sugar-free, soy-based gelatos that taste surprisingly luscious. Get your gelato on now, because come baseball season, this place will probably be mobbed. 435 10th Ave., East Village. 619-955-6300. Open 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
Newly opened Yogurt World is San Diego's answer to the fancy frozen-yogurt shops popping up in L.A. and New York. This modern sweet shop comes with a slightly annoying pop-music soundtrack, but the 16 unique yogurt flavors and delicious fresh-fruit toppings make sitting through a Fergie song almost bearable. Signs on the wall tout yogurt's health benefits, like fresh breath and clear skin. I don't know about all that, but it's certainly tasty. It's a self-service operation, so you can load your cup with one or all of the flavors for only 38 cents per ounce. The basic plain yogurt has a zippy tartness while the green tea is rich and earthy. Other Asian-inspired tastes include lychee-pineapple and mango. Yogurt World also has more traditional but equally great flavors like peanut butter, cappucino and pistachio. 4646 Convoy St., No. 113, Kearny Mesa, 858-268-1688. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday.