Earlier this week I reviewed Emporio after catching up with the roaming pizza emporium in New York's NoLiTa neighborhood, named for the famous Nabokov story about a young girl being pursued by Humpty Dumpty. And it was there I faced my own heartbreak over a broken egg, combing my fork through a drippity salad of black kale and grilled mushrooms, egg yolk, mustard and Parmesan, wondering why sometimes some places make some things so hard to eat. I hailed my waitress for a spoon so I could eat it fork and spoon Italian-style but as I looked around the room at all the other patrons eating pizza with their hands I realized how lucky I had it having utensils on call, some people have no utensils at all because some people had a great fall.
So this week's recession dining tip is the spork. If you're a young couple who wants to entertain but can't afford forks and spoons for twelve or you're a self-eater coming home to a bowl of cereal or spaghetti (both even better cold the next morning - don't waste!) capitalize on eco-chic and tell your friends and family you just bought the original hybrid. These Moscardino Sporks shown above are designed by Giulio Iacchetti and Matteo Ragni are available from MoMA. They're 25 for $24 which is like buy them get one free and they're biodegradable made from 100% corn starch (if you have excess corn starch at home, save some money and make them yourself!) which means you're saving the environment money too. Best of all if you're anything like me they'll make you feel like you're in school again and who doesn't want another taste of being a Nolita?