I do believe this is my first post subcategorized as Urban Jumbles! (Get it, Urban Jumbles. Urban Jungle. Sweet Jumbles. Aaah I digress…) Anyway, Urban Jumbles are posts that aren’t recipes but musings on the city life, spectacles, eats, and whatever else suits my fancy.
What did you do for Labor Day Weekend? I ate. Ok, actually I did a lot more than eat, not the least of which was hit the beach, celebrate the birthday of a friend, and run. (Yeah, like, not from an attacker, but an intentional run. Pause to cheer, please.) I went to two markets, one of which was Eataly, a new gourmet food spot owned by (among others) Mario Batali. More on that in a future post.
This post is for the yummies, and I’ve got two of them for you.
Yummy #1: rice pudding. I do love me some rice pudding. It’s not difficult to prepare and I can make it myself, but sometimes it’s just nice to splurge and have someone do it for you. I know, you’re not too excited…yet. You might be excited when I explain to you that I went to Rice to Riches, a Rice Pudding parlor. Baskin Robbins has met his match. This place has at least 20 flavors of rice pudding. I got the traditional cinnamon and raisin, and I got pineapple. Don’t judge it until you try it. It’s yum.
Here’s a picture I pulled from their website because I was too overwhelmed with excitement once I got there to actually take a photo inside the place.
There is also a lovely greeting on the front door that will make you feel right at home (I actually took this one myself):
Yummy #2: ice cream sandwich. Let me be clear, I’m not talking about the kind you buy in a box at the grocery and then peel the paper off to find a chocolate soft cookie thing. Not that I would turn that down, as a matter of fact I’d inhale it. But that’s not what this is all about. I’m talking donut. Donut + ice cream + toppings = loooove. This is all part of the heavenly treat sold at Holey Cream.
Let me make sure you understand. You go in and get a fresh plain donut warm out of the oven. They cut it in half. Then you tell them if you want vanilla or chocolate glaze. It’s warm and gooey and then hardens to a sticky mess. Meanwhile, you pick a topping, with every flavor you would have to choose from for a sundae. Jimmies, M&Ms, cookie crumbles, butterscotch chips, and many more. Then you pick an ice cream flavor (hard or soft serve, but I mean, c’mon , you gotta get hard) and they put a huge amount in the donut sandwich and smack on the top of the donut. I will pause so you can mop up the drool that has landed on your keyboard.
Ok so I got mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate glaze, and Oreo cookie crumbles on top. Once you finish the whole thing there is a slight sensation of nausea because it was so big, but it is SOOOO worth it. 😉
So those are my naughty Labor Day Weekend treats. Next time you’re in NYC, check them out!