Kitchen 162

    Published on August 21st, 2006 | by Greg


    MintNYC: Stylish and Slightly Impractical

    We love design. Great design doesn’t have to be expensive, and it should be beautiful and useful. MintNYC makes a wide variety of museum-quality pieces, and we tried out two of them: the Sushi-time Sushi Plate and the Vin-eau Carafe with Cups.

    Objets d’art indeed- sleek, simple and bold colors, sturdy porcelain, no instruction manual needed. Both items were handy, if a tad impractical.

    The Sushi-time Sushi Plate (~$40) is designed for two, with the soy/wasabi in the center surrounded by your sushi or sashimi, and with two small places to lay chopsticks (included). It was easy to clean, and worked fairly well. The major issue we had was the weight: the thing weighs as much as a couple of sizable textbooks! This makes it difficult to shelve, since you cannot simply place it up high as it is so staggeringly heavy. And this, in turn, makes it a little hard to use at home, though the sturdiness is probably great if decide to break into the restaurant business with your maki.

    The Vin-eau Carafe with Cups (~$40) seems naturally appealing. The cups stack nicely in the stem of the carafe, and contrast the white with a stark red. While we would’ve liked to have a greater choice in colors (you have the option of red, red, or red at this time), this wasn’t the primary issue. The carafe wasn’t too heavy- in fact, the weight was perfect. But cleaning the carafe was a nightmare, as the stem is fairly small, and a fairly large section is unreachable except with some fairly sophisticated washing technology we do not possess- some sort of extraterrestrial pipe cleaner perhaps. This may seem a minor point, but along with the small detail that the cups are a bit tiny unless you’re having sake to go with the maki, it made us less likely to use it.

    We’ll keep an eye on MintNYC, and their stuff is available in the MoMa gift stores. Let us know if you have any ideas on what other utensils we should put through the paces.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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