Next time a tapioca pudding craving hits, consider stopping by Victory Garden on Carmine Street. Here they do a Chia Seed Parfait ($7.50) where hydrated chia seeds take the place of tapioca balls and cashew milk replaces the usual whole milk (or coconut milk for Asian desserts). The result is a creamy, somewhat nutty pudding sweetened with a light hand of agave nectar and your choice of two toppings. A blueberry and raw cacao combination is most popular, but I'm partial to the blueberry and crumbled halva pairing. Very few places in this city offer halva as a topping, so don't miss out.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.