Thursday, July 17, 2008
The mixing bowl: Three Tarts
The tarts at Chelsea's Three Tarts are pretty awesome. And we're talking about Marina and Marla, and pastry chefs Sandra and Kiyomi. That these ladies call themselves tarts to begin with shows that their personalities are as lovely as their minature treats made with ingredients like wildflower and yuzu.
Growing up, my favorite sweet was:
Sandra: Chocolate brooms (marshmallows coated in chocolate on a stick).
Kiyomi: Strawberry shortcake.
My favorite sweet now is:
S: At home, ice cream; from a dessert menu, anything with fruit.
K: Anything with almonds.
My personal favorite from Three Tarts:
S: Salt and pepper biscotti; rosemary marshmallow.
K: Yuzu marshmallow.
What I love about Chelsea is:
S: My seven-minute walk to work.
K: The strong sense of community.
Truffles or pralines:
S & K: Pralines
White, milk or dark:
S: We have a number of truffles that are 1/2 dark, 1/2 milk that I love, but for plain chocolate, always dark.
Caramel, ganache or cream:
The perfect pairing:
S: Berries & sabayon
K: Salty & sweet
We'd love to create a flavor for:
S & K: Adventurous eaters.
S: Calculator, clogs and a sense of humor.
K: We have these plastic guides for rolling dough that we got in Chinatown.
S: Clean, classic, unfussy.
K: Flats and sunscreen. Comfort first.
Pastry chefs I admire:
S: In town: Deborah Racicot, Michelle Tampakis. Out of town: Lincoln Carson, Bill Corbett.
K: I am most inspired by a line cook or an intern who is working hard and determined to become a chef. It reminds me why I am doing this.
I'm most inspired when:
S: Collaborating with Kiyomi.
K: I am in the company of the people I love.
How much is too much?
S: There is nothing more unappetizing to me than a giant dessert.
Favorite movie snack:
S: Popcorn and peanut M&M's
S: Potato chips — plain or salt and vinegar
K: McDonald's french fries
S: Aimee Mann, The Roots, Yorkshire pudding with gravy, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, anything by Paul Auster, Hannah and Her Sisters, Wings of Desire.
K: Hip-Hop, rice, any documentary, vacationing alone to exotic locations.