Rice to Riches
What first seemed like a novelty that would disappear once the gimmick died down has become a true mainstay of Nolita shopping culture. Although it’s garish-looking (on otherwise trendy Spring Street), this futuristic mall-like rice pudding emporium is rather addictive, with flavors ranging from the traditional vanilla and strawberry to Hazelnut Chocolate Bear Hug, Surrender to Mango with lime, and Endangered Maple with sun-dried blueberries. Decadent toppings such as caramel vanilla sauce and chilled espresso with cocoa are also available. Oh yes, you can order in bulk, and ship to nearly anywhere in the world. It would be nice if they used less plastic, or at least had container recycling, but perhaps that is in the works.