Pudding On the Rice!   Leave a comment

On Sunday, I had the really interesting experience of heading out to Tigard, and for lunch we stopped at a place whose name intrigued us: Pudding On the Rice. See, I don't just eat at places that I read about in magazines, newspapers, and the internet. I'm no snob- I'll try anything.

It turns out this "gourmet dessert bar" is new to the Portland area, and only one other location exists: one in Provo, Utah. You're quite a long way from home, little gourmet dessert bar! The concept is very clean and minimal, sort of what you'd see if you visited a Pinkberry/yogurt venue, but with one differentiator. They serve rice pudding.

How is that appealing? Well, they have come up with more than 40 flavors of the rice pudding, all made from scratch daily, and include flavors like

  • Berry Manilow: mixture of blueberries, raspberries, and marionberries… "um-hum"
  • Bittersweet Symphony: dark rich mixture of bittersweet chocolate infused with vanilla and cream
  • Che's Cake: cheesecake of a revolutionary kind
  • Chupar la Pina Colada: coconut with crushed pineapple with a hint of rum
  • Dream of the Blue Turtle: fine milk, dark chocolate, toasted pecans and caramel
  • The Legend of Sleepy Mallow: marshmallow cream with a hint of vanilla and mini marshmallows
  • The Opiate of the Masses: blend of fresh lemons, zest, and poppyseeds
  • Pavlov's Nog: version of egg nog
  • Peanu Butterfuco: creamy peanut butter and milk chocolate chunks
  • Peter Primate Special: we pay homage to distant cousins with an intelligently designed and naturally selected mix of walnuts, chocolate chunks, and banana cream… evolution never tasted so good
  • Raspberry Rousseau: fresh raspberries, vanilla, and hint of almond…
  • And more…

I liked that the rice pudding was light tasting, similar to what you would find in a gelato but without the fat- these babies are only 70 calories! And, the extra texture of the rice in the pudding (you can add toppings too, but totally unnecessary in my opinion) gives you just enough extra on your tongue to taste so it doesn't melt away like ice cream or gelato would.

If you are looking for a little bit more before the rice pudding, they also make fresh savory crepes in combinations such as shaved honey ham and swiss cheese; fresh tomatoes, scallions, and parmesan cheese; baby spinach, mushrooms, bacon, and poppy dressing; roasted turkey and cranberry sauce; tomato tepenade, fresh basil, and mozzerella; cheddar cheese and sliced apples. Or, you can choose your own fillings from apple butter, bananas, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, cinnamon/sugar, fresh fruit/berries, jam, nutella, peanut butter, and whipped cream. You even have your choice of enjoying it in a paper cone, a la the Parisian Creperies you find on the street.
If you happen to be in the area of Tigard's Bridgeport Village, instead of going to one of the many chain restaurants here, give this place a try. It's a refreshing reprieve from the rest of the monolithic suburbia outposts here to grab a light healthy bite in an obvious little labor of love by an entrepreneur.

Posted February 24, 2009 by pechluck in Uncategorized

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