Monthly Archives: August 2010

Highland Park, Hermon, Eagle Rock, South Pasadena and El Sereno

Highland Park, Hermon, Eagle Rock and Hermon are all areas that border our neighborhood.  Along with those areas we also have Mt. Washington, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights and South Pasadena. That’s alot of communities!  Over the weekend I went to Dallas, Texas to visit a really good friend of mine.  One of my dearest friends to be exact.  It was so interesting to see the suburbs of a big city.  It felt empty.  The roads were half empty, the stores were half empty, I kept asking my friend where everybody was?  She told me I was just used to how  crowded Los Angeles can be.  I suppose she’s right.  Dallas and the surrounding areas are busy places, but none of them compare to L.A.  Dallas and its surrounding areas were all shiny with perfectly smooth roads.  Suddenly, I missed our eccentric neck of the woods, with all of its imperfections and out-there emotion.  The suburbs I saw in Dallas keep everything scrubbed down, shiny and perfect looking.  Not our area here in NELA (north east L.A.) It’s honest in all of its glory, beauty and even more honest in its ugliness.  Bumpy roads, tagged stop signs and a t.v. on the side of the road.  A lot of the time we complain about how people should be more respectful of where they live.  And they should. But there is also something to be said for people and an area being honest about who they are and how they live.  Letting everything hang out because we don’t know how to be something other than who we are.  There is a vibrancy to our area that is hard to put a finger on.  It’s an honesty that certainly needs shaping and molding just a little bit.  (Like I do have a phone number for the agency that will pick up that t.v.)  But our little neck of the woods isn’t trying to impress anybody or roll out the welcome mat for anyone.  Our area is too busy simply being exactly what it is.  Itself.

Monrovia and Macadamia Nut Cookies

You are probably right that Monrovia and Macadamia nuts don’t have much in common except for the letter M.  But the letter M is so much fun to say that I could not resist linking the two together.  Monrovia is an adorable town very close to Pasadena and Macadamia Nuts are adorable in their way, but I guess the similarities end there.  Steve has been itching to make his treasured mother’s recipe for Macadamia Nut Cookies for awhile and today he took the plunge.  He made up a heaping batch of delicious Macadamia Nut Cookies. If you get a chance, run on by the Highland Park Farmer’s Market and pick up a bag or two.  Or you could always order a dozen or so from the site and have them delivered to your nice, cool home – you don’t have to move a muscle, well except for your fingers to do some typing, or your mouth to talk to us.  I also uncovered some really cool stats about Macadamia Nuts. See Below:

Did u know that Macadamias are highly nutritious nuts? They have the highest amount of beneficial monounsaturated fats of any known nut. They also contain 9% protein, 9% carbohydrate, 2% dietary fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, selenium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

Chocolate

We always knew chocolate had magical powers and now there is a study to back this up!  Swedish scientists found that women who ate dark chocolate 1-3 times per week had a 25% reduced chance of heart failure!  That’s amazing.  We use dark chocolate in quite a few of our products.  Most specifically the triple chocolate shazam (one of my favorites that Steve makes).  We’ve also been working on a new cookie featuring dark chocolate and the timing is perfect.  Look for our new dark chocolate cookie debuting next month.  Now when I tell my friends chocolate really does make me feel better, I have a study to back it up!  🙂

Snack, snackable, snacky and other yummy things

I just read an interesting report that said that ‘snack’ and ‘snackable’ are two of the most searched terms on the internet.  Are people just hungry all the time or bored?  Boredom and food can be a dangerous combination.  My friend, Sarah, is a personal trainer and her philosophy is you should not say no to any one food, but rather eat everything in moderation.  We believe the same thing here at Mardy’s Munchies.  We believe a treat should be a treat.  You shouldn’t say no to anything, but rather have small amounts of things instead of that bucket size popcorn you were thinking about getting. The article I posted a link to above is an interesting article about one of people’s all time favorite snack foods, jelly beans!

I enjoy jelly beans, but most everyone knows, I’m a huge chocolate lover.  If you follow this blog or Steve’s twitter feed you know that I’m his biggest brownie fan. But I do not eat brownies every day (although I could).  My treat days are always on the weekends.  Whatever and whenever you decide to snack we hope it makes you happy and provides you with a small bounce in your step.  Life can get pretty monotonous, so it’s fun to shake your taste buds up and try something new.

Baking from scratch

It still amazes me how people do not understand how much work baking from scratch is!  It is one of the most physically demanding things you can do.  You are on your feet all day long.  You are mixing, pounding, chopping, lifting gigantic bags of sugar, frosting cakes and cookies.  Your arms hurt, your legs hurt, your back hurts.  But nothing that comes out of a box can ever compare with something baked from scratch.  I sometimes hear people question the cost of an artisan cupcake at a farmer’s market or a cupcakery.  The reason that cupcake is three dollars is because lots of wonderful ingredients went into it along with a whole lot of labor.  If you have a box of cupcake mix and a container of frosting with you, then I challenge you to make the cupcakes from the box and then make another batch of cupcakes from scratch.  Taste alone (after your long day of baking) will give you new appreciation for items baked from scratch.

I remember when I first moved in with Steve, I was astonished at how much work baking from scratch is!  I grew up watching my mother and grandmother baking and cooking from scratch, but being a kid you don’t fully appreciate the art of it.  So go ahead, what are you waiting for?  Go have your bake day and report back to me about what you made and how it turned out!

DELICIOUS CUPCAKES, BROWNIES, TARTS AND COOKIES

We had such a busy weekend with the food festival and the booze cruise for a cause!  We hope you had an enjoyable weekend as well.  All weekend long we heard such wonderful compliments about our product.  People can’t seem to get enough.  It makes us feel so great that we are following our dreams.  Really great treats prepared as simply as possible.  We’re not trying to be fancy or hip or even trendy.  We just want to bake a delicious product and then deliver it right to your door. Whatever your plans are for the weekend, we hope they are as sweet as our cookies. Thanks for following us on Twitter, Facebook and reading our blog.  Your support literally means everything.

Taste of Marina Del Rey, Booze Cruise for a Cause

Hello Mardy’s Munchies Blog Readers!  I wanted to update you guys on our rockin’ bakery.  We have been busier than ever before.  It’s all because of you and your support!  We give to the community, the community gives back to us and so on and so on. It’s a big circle of positivity.  At least I like to think of it that way.  It’s so easy to be a Negative Nelly in the world these days.  The recession, sky high unemployment, the oil spill, rising cost of living, depleted savings and retirement accounts.  The headlines blare out scary statistics daily.  But there are wonderful things in the world. The same simple pleasures that have been around since the beginning of time and are here with us today.  Food and Drink.

People eat and drink when they are joyous or when they are sad.  Food and Drink are present at almost every turn of our life.  Every celebration, every funeral, every single day.  Food brings us pleasure.  I can’t think of anything more satisfying than being by the water, or on the water, eating something delicious, enjoying something to drink and listening to good music.  Those simple pleasures still rank high on our list of fun ways to enjoy the weekend. With that said, it is our pleasure to tell you that we will be featured vendors at 2 fun events this weekend.  Saturday Aug 7th and Sunday August 8th from 10a-7pm we will be at The Taste of Marina Del Rey.  Food , Music, and us!  On Saturday Aug 7th from 10p-2am we will be the featured vendor on the lovely Romance Boat leaving from the Rainbow Harbor in the Long Beach area.  This fun booze cruise is helping to raise money for a wonderful cause, The Abigail Barraza Foundation. This organization helps create Breast Cancer Awareness among teens and women in shelters.  A portion of the proceeds from the Cruise goes directly to the Abigail Barraza Foundation.

What are you waiting for?  Your weekend plans are here – so hop to it!  Come on by and say hello, we love a friendly face.