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Friday, February 27, 2009

Cool Comfort: Rice Pudding at Loving Cup

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 7:49 AM


Loving Cup is a soda fountain for the new millennium, a bright, clean-lined Polk Gulch storefront specializing not in malted milks and hot fudge sundaes but the more healthful pleasures of smoothies, frozen yogurt and...rice pudding. Rice pudding rich in comfort but not calories. Rice pudding that's lustier and creamier than the glop of childhood memory. Rice pudding flavored with mango, peanut butter, Key limes, English toffee, Madagascar vanilla; rice pudding, in short, for every mood and inclination.

Maybe it's the economy, or the weather, or the Chronicle's new typeface, but comfort food like rice pudding is becoming more essential every day. Loving Cup rides the trend with a hip new interpretation of the old classic, mixing and matching the homey flavors of rice, milk, eggs and sugar with the likes of pumpkin pie, rum-soaked raisins, pecan pralines and chai spice. The result is delectable as well as positively salubrious (125 calories and 6 grams of fat per 6 oz. serving).

Loving Cup also serves all-natural nonfat frozen yogurt with a bit of Cold Stone Creamery élan, combining your choice of chocolate, vanilla or nondairy yogurt with something chunky from a wide selection of fruits, nuts, cookies and candies. Barefoot Organic coffee, Mighty Leaf tea, freshly squeezed juices, all-fruit smoothies and organic cupcakes (natch) are on the bill of fare as well. The wonderfully intense house lemonade is not for the faint of heart or tastebud.

Loving Cup is at 2356 Polk near Union and is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 440-6900 to find out about custom-crafted rice pudding flavors, party samplers and the day's specialties.

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