food 03.11.11

the skint

Short and sweet today. And cubed.

Mitchell Greenberg, a longtime set designer for television shows, decided he needed a change of scenery.

"One day I wondered," he said, "how do you make marshmallows? I got some ingredients, made a batch, and one batch led to another." He closed up shop and debuted his marshmallows, dubbed MitchMallows, two months ago at Brooklyn's Foodshed Market.

You'll find classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate. They're beautiful (and delicious) specimens. There are flavors such as maple syrup, which are like Sunday brunch in a bite.

Then there are surprising flavors such as ginger wasabi, Beaujolais, and chocolate chipotle. And, occasionally, there are frankly insane flavors such as a tomato marshmallow. But Greenberg says they make an amazing BLT when you put them on toast with lettuce and bacon. "They're like a BLT s'more."

Even though we're of the less-is-s'more school, each flavor we tried was a delight. Greenberg says, "Candy is memories. People taste and smile."

MitchMallows are available online and at Foodshed Market, 388 Atlantic [Hoyt/Bond], open Sundays, 11-5. A pack of six is $6.

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skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

sat 8:30am-4:15pm: witness a thinking games competition for mental athletes at the 14th usa memory championship. con edison (4 irving place), free.

sat 1pm: tonight's old-tyme 'radio happy hour' variety show features brooklyn pop-rock trio elizabeth + the catapult, comedian/rocker/author dave hill, author arthur phillips, more. lpr, $10 adv, $15 dos.

sun 11am: cupcake crawl your way through chelsea + greenwich village with other sweet-craving folks. pay-as-you-go. $5 donation supports food bank for new york city.

sun 9:30pm (thru 3/14): spiderman: the musical. no, not the costly (and dangerous) broadway version. 'devised, written, and thrown together in less than a month, at 0.0000092% the budget'. the tank, $5.

sat-sun 10am-6pm: the pier antiques show features 500 exhibitors selling furniture, art, fashion, more. plus, appraisals from gary sohmers of pbs's antiques roadshow. pier 94 (12th ave. @ 55th st.), $15.


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