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Rice Pudding or Tapioca pudding in San Diego

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I'm craving some rice pudding or tapioca, and am feeling too lazy to make it myself. Where can I send my husband to go pick up some good stuff?

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  1. If you're really lazy just buy some Kozy Shak rice pudding. It's carried at most stores and is more than passable in a pinch.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      As an English teacher, I'm suspicious of a company that can't spell cosy OR shack correctly. Anything more homemade out there at any restaurant or somewhere you can take-out from? Thanks tho--I'll try it sometime.

      1. re: nessy

        All th restaurants seem to use the canned stuff.

        Kozy Shak is the next best if you aren't making the cooked from a box at home. I always have at least three boxes on hand...I can make it and eat the skin formed on the top in 20 minutes and then wait for another skin to form...

        Of course, best-best is from scratch. But that takes planning.

        Oh man, I am craving now...

        1. re: nessy

          I understand your concern ;-). As I understand it, the company is not from around these parts. I've had both their rice pudding and tapioca, and truly, for a commercial product they're not bad, awful or disgusting. Now, some of the other Kozy Shak products are, but not these two.

          Here is a really quick rice pudding you can make at home. You need left over cooked white rice and super premium vanilla pudding. Melt the ice cream and let it come to room temperature, stir in as much of the cooked rice to get the consistency you prefer, add a couple shakes of ground cinnamon, stir and eat. The key to this is good quality ice cream because basically all you're doing is returning it to it's custard base origins.

      2. Check out any Mexican market - if you are close to any Northgate (former El Tigre Chain) get the store made stuff there. Mmm.. canela and raisins!

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        1. re: kare_raisu

          OMG, arroz con leche one of my all time favorite Mexican desserts. Especially good when the custard part has been cooked with lime rind (pith removed)

        2. Trader Joe's has some pretty decent vanilla tapioca and rice pudding.

          1. Trader Joe's has decent rice and tapioca pudding. Their chocolate pudding is quite good too!

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            1. re: daantaat

              TJs chocolate pudding is really, really good--just don't look at the calorie count on it! Their rice pudding is also pretty good, like you said. But I just make it myself. If you have leftover rice, it's really not even a big deal.

              1. re: keena

                Checked out Northgate this a.m. Rice pudding was quite good, and WOW, what a cool place. I'd been meaning to go.
                I'm just thinking tho, with all these "comfort food" places all over town, don't any of them have rice or tapioca pudding on the menu??

                1. re: nessy

                  I don't know that I'd call Anthology a "comfort food" place, but they do (or perhaps did by now) have an orange tapioca pudding on their dessert menu that was pretty spectacular.

                  1. re: nessy

                    For some strange reason a lot of Chinese buffets serve traditional tapioca pudding in their dessert section. This has nothing to do with the current popularity of tapioca balls (boba) in Asian drink emporiums. Obviously you wouldn't go to a Chinese buffet merely for the tapioca pudding but if you ever feel like having a Chinese buffet you might be on the lookout for the tapioca at the same time.

              2. Panchita's Bakery (I go to the 25th and C location) almost always has in-house made Rice Pudding. It is USUALLY good but I'm afraid there have been times where the rice is undercooked. That happens about once every 15 times or so...