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Marshmallows are having a moment all their own, and we have Katherine Sprung to thank. Katherine is the founder of Squish Marshmallows , the food blogger behind Sprung on Food , and—in a wonderful twist—a voiceover artist. She also happens to be a former DJ, so from appetizers to dancing all night to a hangover-curing breakfast, Katherine Sprung has your evening covered. We caught up with her about her dessert obsessions, picking a good pair of shades, and Montreal restaurants worth crossing the border for.
Name: Katherine Sprung
Occupation: Owner of Squish Marshmallows
What you’d do if you weren’t doing your day job: I’m also a voice over artist, so maybe doing more of that. I do commercial work, but I’ve always wanted to get into animation!
One food or drink you couldn’t live without: Candy. And tacos. And greek yogurt. And doughnuts…I like a lot of foods. And I could technically LIVE without any of them, but, wouldn’t be much fun.
What do you have great taste in? Picking out restaurants/bars, music, and sunglasses.
What do you have bad taste in? Maybe movies. I don’t watch a lot of movies, and when I do, it’s usually an obscure, ridiculous comedy.
Who, to you, is an influential tastemaker, and why? Anyone who’s going down their own path and trying something new. I’ve become close with lots of super talented people in the food industry, who are pushing limits, coming up with new products, ideas, etc.
How do you expand and refine your sense of Taste? (i.e. where do you go for inspiration) My personal taste is ever changing, from clothes, to music, to food (sometimes). I think experiencing and exposing myself to new things is how it happens. Trying new foods, watching new shows, following different and interesting Instagram accounts. Plus, living in NYC is like the Mecca for inspiration for all things creative, so, that absolutely plays a part.
What is the best-tasting thing you’ve ever eaten? Oh man, that’s so tough. I love food and have been so fortunate to have so many incredible meals. I don’t want to leave anyone out, but, there’s a latin restaurant in Montreal called Mezcla , and dinner there was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. I’m also obsessed with the octopus at Empellon Taqueria , and most of the items on their menu. Also, the Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower from Babu Ji is incredible. Breads Bakery ‘s chocolate babka is also a freak of nature. When I get it, I finish the entire thing in one sitting. I’m not kidding.
What does taste mean to you? To me, it’s having an opinion, an understanding, an appreciation, and maybe a talent of something, whatever that may be. Taste is totally subjective, which is the best part. Your idea of taste can be completely different from someone else’s, and, that’s what keeps things fresh and interesting.
W ith musical tastes as diverse as her favorite foods , we had no doubt that this former DJ’s playlist would get us on our feet. Take a listen below: