Waste not, want not. "Compost cookies" demonstrate one approach to making good use of crumbly leftover bits and pieces: Bake them all together. For rainbow cookies, which are cut to size from what's essentially a sheet cake, the process is even simpler: Heap the colorful, chocolatey, almondy trimmings in see-through containers ($2) and stack them by the cash register. This was the last of the lot.
Mama Rao's Desserts & Pasta Fresca 6406 Eleventh Ave. (64th-65th Sts.), Dyker Heights, Brooklyn 718-680-7193 www.MamaRaosDesserts.com
The Brooklyn Columbus Parade, held each October through in heart of Bensonhurst, offered no street food of its own. The sole ice cream truck in sight was rolling along in the procession itself, not far removed from a flotilla of vintage Corvettes. Near the midpoint of the route, however, carefree parade-goers like me could pop in on Villabate for its Sicilian rendition of an ice cream sandwich, gelati on brioche (shown with pistachio and hazelnut, $4). Disciplined units like the Fort Hamilton High School band marched by in formation, but once they broke ranks at the dispersal point, there's no telling how many may have doubled back.
Previously, from the show-stopping display case (various prices per pound): anise cookies.
Villabate Alba 7001 18th Ave. (at 70th St.), Bensonhurst, Brooklyn 718-331-8430 www.Villabate.com (The 2013 Brooklyn Columbus Parade was held on October 12)
"Kichlach" is Yiddish for "cookies," an umbrella term that applies to savories as well as sweets. These onion and poppy seed kichlach ($6.99 per pound, for about 20) are a sturdy sort that travel well — just keep your hands out of the cookie bag.
Chiffon Kosher Cake Center 430 Ave. P (East 2nd-East 3rd Sts.), Midwood, Brooklyn 718-258-8822
As you've gathered, this restaurant serves chow from both Guatemala and its larger neighbor to the west. Often the differences between the two cuisines can seem very slender, and I didn't attempt to parse a distinction between chicharrones Chapines and chicharrones Mexicanos.
The addition of molasses distinguishes orlovsky rye (24 oz., $2.50), one of four styles distributed by Brooklyn-based Sibstar Bread. Like the bakery's borodinsky and darnitsky ryes and "white Russian" bread, the orlovsky comes wrapped in a plastic bag that features a black bear. He's all smiles: The bread lines are surely much shorter today than during the Cold War, or even in the days of perestroika.