Monday, January 18, 2010
Rice Pudding for Supper
While most of my classmates threw out the periodic servings of rice pudding offered up in my high school's cafeteria, I always went out of my way to buy a helping to supplement my packed lunch. I loved the stuff. I missed it so much after I graduated that I started making it at home. I still do.
Which, in a roundabout way, leads me to a night out in Ohio with one of my high school classmates last month. She and her sister had visited Manhattan a few years back, and her only-in-New-York story (in addition to meeting Dan Rather on the sidewalk-- a much better story than any I've been able to accumulate here!) involved eating at a restaurant that served only rice pudding.
It was easy to track down Rice to Riches, and Paul and I sampled it for ourselves Saturday night. Yes, we had rice pudding for supper.
As promised, the menu included only rice pudding-- in about two dozen flavors. They all looked delicious, from Fluent in French Toast to Sex Drugs and Rocky Road to Chocolate Chip Flirt. I finally opted for Raspberry Statement, but I liked Paul's Coconut Coma better.
The texture of the rice and consistency of the pudding showed me how far I have yet to go to perfect my own concoction. And if I want to up my rice pudding intake, I'll have to be making it at home. At $6.75 for an 8-ounce serving, Rice to Riches is a little too rich for my budget. It's like a special occasion rice pudding.
Oh well. Only in New York.