Caught the eye~

Not the most gentle of advertisements in the windows, right? diievca had to stop.

In Nolita since 2003, Rice To Riches was brought to life by a simple journeyman.  He was vacationing through Italy one summer, and was inspired by the beautiful gelaterias he saw in Milan and Florence. Motivated by the assortment of flavors, and the ultra-inviting design, he set out to re-create that experience back home in NYC.

The minute he returned the little men in his head began to work… Having played one year earlier, with the idea of a restaurant which would feature a menu made up entirely of rice based dishes, along with his relentless drive to be completely unconventional, sparked the vision of the world’s first rice pudding snackateria.

For the next three years, this rice pudding architect worked seven days a week toward what he dreamt would someday become a NYC landmark.

First, there was the high-tech rice pudding test kitchen. Six months of (never good enough) simmering with a team of expert pastry chefs, honing their techniques until they arrived at the sacred recipes.

And then another year of intensive design for the store … every detail, even the bowls and spoons had to be meticulously styled to match the wild vibe of the Rice To Riches concept.
It all came together with a bang and a buzz in April 2003. And Rice To Riches has roused the passion of New Yorkers and dessert adoring people around the world.

  1. dievca’s Mother loves rice pudding….and its been hard to get her to eat.
  2. It’s been in business for 15 years – it’s a keeper.

Slurp Shop and dreamy Creamy.

dievca’s Foodie friend introduced her to Ivan Ramen on the Lower East Side.
Fabulous! But a pain to get to for dievca.

dievca hadn’t visited the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop on the West Side until she took her Scandinavian friend, this week.  It was a good call.  The shop is located at the Gotham West Market on 600 11th Ave, in Hell’s Kitchen.

Along with Ramen, dievca and her friend sampled the Ample Hill Creamery offerings.

More about Ivan Ramen:

Ivan’s journey began with a dishwashing job at a sushi bar when he was 15. He discovered a culture and cuisine that would shape the rest of his life. Upon graduation high school,  Ivan decided to major in Japanese language and literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduating, Ivan immediately moved to Japan to teach English and he quickly cemented his love of everything Japanese.

He returned to the US in 1990 and enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America, and began his culinary training.

Upon graduation from the CIA, and stints at Mesa Grill, Lutece, and Restaurant  Associates, Ivan returned to Tokyo to live in the country that he fell in love with. He had still never given thought to combining his love for cooking and Japan, but that was soon to change. Ivan was anxious to start a food-related business in Japan but was unsure of which direction to take. He thought about opening a cooking school, a sandwich shop, even a pizzeria. It was his wife’s suggestion that he open a ramen shop.

This move seemed destined for failure in a country where ramen enjoys a cult-like status. Incredibly,Ivan not only succeeded, but became one of the top ramen shops in Tokyo, an unheard of accomplishment for a foreigner. In 2010 a second shop, Ivan Ramen Plus, was opened. In 2012, Ivan returned to NY with the hopes of opening a business back home, while continuing to run his two shops in Tokyo. In the meantime his cookbook  “Ivan Ramen” was published. His first venture in the US, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, opened at the Gotham West Market on 600 11th Avenue in November of 2013 to huge crowds and critical acclaim.

Soon after, his US flagship, Ivan Ramen opened at 25 Clinton Street on New York’s Lower East side.


Gay Pride, the Beach and the Party

Photo: dievca 06/2018 37th Street NYC

dievca’s friend wants to check out the Gay Pride Parade and then they will head out to Brighton Beach. dievca checked in with Master and he is lying low for the day.

The inexpensive rainbow dress from Amazon is out of the package and ready to be worn. Cheap as chips, but fun.

It’s really warm and humid, so the curly hair is up. Simple make-up. Sunscreen.

A quick change for the Brighton Beach after a couple of hours for the Parade:

And if you are wondering what dievca wore to her Party, last evening:


Hair curly, natural make-up.

Haute Hippie Dress
Etienne Aigner Sandals

Friends came and went, some stayed until beyond Midnight and dievca’s visiting friend, true to her age (20 years younger than d.), – went clubbing at Vandal afterward.

dievca? she went to bed.

What are you doing on your lovely Sunday?


Midsommar Celebration NYC

Yesterday, the Swedish Consulate in NYC hosted a Midsommar Celebration in Battery Park City, downtown Manhattan. dievca biked down after work to see the chaos.  According to her friend, it was quite similar to what goes on in Sweden for Midsommar. Singing, dancing, eating, drinking while wearing floral crowns. A celebration of the Earth, topped off with the raising of the phallic Maypole (something about balls and a cock piercing Mother Earth. etc.)

It was too crazy to try to get food, so a bodega further uptown offered simple fair and the Hudson River offered a spectacular view.

Today, dievca is working and then heading out to watch the Germany/Sweden World Cup game. Afterward. dievca is hosting a small cocktail party for her visiting friend.

Have a fabulous, close to Midsommar Saturday. 🥂🥃🍸🍺

Photos: dievca 06/2018 Battery Park

Bachata at Bryant Park

Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is danced widely all over the world but not identically. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a tap including a hip movement on the 4th beat.

Throughout the Summer, in NYC, there is live music and dancing at various venues:
Lincoln Center, Bryant Park,  Meatpacking District , the High Line, etc.

dievca’s Home Opener for summer dancing was in Bryant Park: Bachata

Since dievca is on the “free” WordPress Plan, she had to convert her video to a gif and lost the sound.

The Bryant Park offering was free and had a lesson before the heavy dancing began. Yes, a lot of people with Latin roots came out to dance, but there was a strong showing from the Asian population and more. dievca opted for a glass of Rosé with a friend during the class and hit the dance floor afterward. Inexpensive fun!

(click if you want to see a demo of bachata)

On a side note: the public bathrooms at Bryant Park have been renovated and are insanely nice….so if you are caught out in NYC and need to go — make sure you are around NYC Main Public Library to use the “Taj Mahal” of public bathrooms.


Walk with me in my ‘hood…


Photo: dievca NYC 05/2018

sono pronto

dievca’s local

Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Arugula, Shaved Parmigiano

It was a long day, but dievca is ready now!

Photos: dievca 04/17/2018 NYC westside