HFWF18 – Keiki in the Kitchen

No kids for me but do have a furbaby, Bevo. This year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival got the kids aka keiki involved and I think my nieces and nephews would have had a good time at this event. Hell, even I did. Located at Whaler’s Village center in Ka’anapali, tables and booths were set up with activities for kids including making leis, art projects, meet and greet with the chefs and meeting Nerdy Nummies YouTube star Rosanna Pansino. There were two sessions of her instructing kids on how to make unicorn cupcakes.

As for myself, my Bevo turned 10-years-old just before the HFWF and I decided to make him his own doggie cookies. I found an easy recipe online consisting of peanut butter, oats and bananas. All I needed was a cookie cutter. Like this One Busy Bee usually does, I got on my Amazon Prime account and looked for something cute. I found a packet of four cookie cutters including a Frenchie/Boston Terrier cutter. It was perfect! I had no idea I was going to be meeting the woman on the packaging.

After I took a photo with Pastry Chef Michelle Karr-Ueokaand Chef Bill Peet, I got in line to meet Rosanna. It was adorable to watch her with a four-some of young girls that loved her. She granted getting on their SnapChat and even took one using theirs. I pulled up the photo of the cookies I was so proud of making for my Bevo Love and showed her. She loved it! Therefore, my iPhone and Bevo is in our photo.

I thought this event was such a good idea because inspiration in children can come from when they’re young. Though my dreams of a ballerina never panned out, it’s great to see my own nephew interested in food and baking. For his 12th birthday this year and now living in North Carolina, I sent him a bunch of products like special pans, oils and other ingredients from Sur La Table and he baked his own birthday cake. When we went to Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Savannah in August, I took him to Michelin star restaurants and on a walking food tour because he has an interest in it like I do. We passed a culinary school while in Savannah and thought I should probably start saving to send him to school. Perhaps he may fall in love with other professions but I am pleased he has a great hobby now and he’s learning. Kudos to the HFWF and Rosanna for holding event to build passions and inspire.

Cheesecake by my nephew. I don’t even like cheesecake but this was good!

Save the date for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2019
October 5 – October 27

Related posts:
HFWF18 – Spiked!
HFWF18 – Chef Stephen Pyles
HFWF18 – Chef Rick Tramonto

HFWF18 – Keiki in the Kitchen
HFWF17 – Jennifer Ackrill of SKY Waikiki & Top of Waikiki
HFWF17 – Chef Floyd Cardoz of Paowalla
HFWF17 – Chef Chris Kajioka of Senia
HFWF17 – Hank’s Haute Dogs & Chef Henry Adaniya

It Hertz

This Travel Agent and Concierge found that joke hilarious. Well played, ESPN, Around the Horn and Woody Paige. It made me enjoy my fish and chips (see previous post) at the Blue Mermaid in San Francisco even more enjoyable.
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Day 4

SoCal & Disneyland Bound

In the morning, I am headed to Southern California to meet up with my best friend, her boyfriend, her friend and my niece and nephew to go Disneyland for her birthday. I haven’t been to Disneyland in 10 years and haven’t really had a desire to go. I do enjoy Disney movies and loved seeing The Lion King on Broadway and meeting the cast when it was here in San Francisco at The Orpheum Theater. However, I chosen to spend my money on traveling to other destinations.

Like my Los Lonely Boys, who I have seen about 70 times (see LLB Concert Log), I don’t realize how excited I am about what’s happening until it’s here. I am excited to finally spend some time with my best friend since she started a new job and seeing the expressions on my niece and nephew’s faces for their first experience at ‘The Happiest Place in the Earth.’

Follow the adventure on SnapChat at ‘bappletree’ and some food items on Instagram via @WereHungryToo. Contact Me if you have a restaurant or children friendly spot to be in one of my next travel posts.

Here’s some shots of meeting Pluto, Goofy and Mickey in 2007.

Pre-Order Los Lonely Boys’ Revelation

Get ready to pre-order your copy of the Los Lonely Boys‘ new album, Revelation, in mid-October! The expected release date is January 21, 2014. Stay tuned here, their website or on Twitter.
Onda By the Bay, the San Francisco Bay and Northern California chapter of their street team, La Onda are looking for more dedicated fans to join our group. We create and pass out swag at concerts, promote the Boys and their music, build long-lasting friendships and do many activities together. If you would like to get ‘lonely’ with us, read more about my adventures here on my blog or feel free to email me.

UPDATE – Their show at The Independent on February 4, 2014 goes on sale tomorrow, 10/3 at 10 am. Go to their site and enter the keyword “revelation” to get pre-sale tickets.

Los Lonely Boys Take on 2014 – Pollstar 11/12/13

My 12th AIDS Walk San Francisco

I will be participating in my 12th AIDS Walk San Francisco (http://aidswalk.net/sanfran) tomorrow morning, July 15, 2012, with a potential new Stylist and friend. I will be wearing the blue Stella & Dot hat that I just picked up at last weekend’s HOOPLA event. If you spot me, come say ‘HI’, let’s exchange info and I’ll give you $12 OFF any order placed by August 31, 2012 at http://www.stelladot.com/Bernadette. Get an extra $1 OFF if you ‘Like’ my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/StellaDotBernadette. This additional offer is only posted on this blog so kudos to you for reading and redeeming!

Why do I walk? I don’t know anyone infected with HIV or AIDS. I would like them to REMAIN that way. Please SHARE this post if you think that’s a good reason.

2010 AWSF w/ Elphaba & Glinda of SF

New Years Eve with Anjelah Johnson

Last year, we stayed in watching LOST on Netflix and watching Toby for Julia as she and her siblings went out to a club in San Francisco. She ended up coming home that night instead of staying out in the hotel. I guess the club scene isn’t all that’s cracked up to be. I’m not into it anymore but I do have desire to go dancing every now and then. Anyways, last year we decided to stay in to save money as we had a big financial responsibility we wanted to be prepared for: Our First Home. We were packing and moving in the first week of February. Spending $50+ per person just for cover just to be surrounded by a drunk fest of people didn’t sound appealing to us.

This year, we’re not going CRAZY but at least we are going to be out of the house and we’re headed to Tommy T’s in Pleasanton, CA to see San Jose-native, Anjelah Johnson. She’s best known for her Bon Qui Qui character. I hope DB will find her funny. He’ll at least think she’s pretty. I’ve seen a lot of her videos on YouTube.com so I hope there will be some new material I haven’t seen. The last time we were there I met Too $hort.

How cool it was to also see him on the latest season of Love Games.

Happy New Year to all! What are your plans? Whatever they are, please do not drink and drive. It’s really not worth it.

To 2012!!!!

Yo Quiero Live Music! … y mas

My list of bands/artists I have seen live and celebrities I have met… This will be updated every so often.
Also find me on YouTube of performances I have recorded.

73 – Los Lonely BoysSee Full Concert Log
7 – New Kids on the Block (My first) – 2/9/09, 7/9/09, 7/7/13, San Jose, CA 5/3/15, San Jose, CA 6/4/17, San Jose, CA 5/29/19
6 – Los Lobos
3 – Christina Aguilera (once at the Grammys), Oakland, CA 10/22/18
3 – Breaking Benjamin – Concord, CA 9/18/19
3 – Three Days Grace – San Francisco, CA 4/14/15, Concord, CA 9/18/19
2 – Alejandro Escovedo SF 2/19/10 (Met him) — Sparks, NV 2/20/10
2 – Boyz II Men – San Jose, CA, 6/4/17 San Jose, CA
2 – Carrie Rodriguiez SF 2/19/10, Sparks, NV 2/20/10
2 – Dustin Lynch – Concord, CA 4/29/16
2 – Kelsea Ballerini – Mountain View, CA 6/27/17, Oakland, CA 1/24/19
2 – Salt n Pepa – Pleasanton, CA 6/23/12, San Jose, CA 5/29/19
2 – Susan Tedeschi (Met her) SF, 5/9/09
2 – Thom Chacon
2003 Grammy Award Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jon Cryer & Sandra Oh
3 Doors Down
98 Degrees – San Jose, CA
All 4 One
American Authors – Concord, CA 6/7/14
Bad Boy Bruce & the Blues Mob – Hayward, CA 4/8/17
Babyface – Pleasanton, CA 6/29/13
Bang Data – Petaluma, CA 11/28/18
BB King
Big & Rich Aptos, CA 5/24/15
Billy CurringtonSanta Rosa, CA 6/5/16
Brett Young – Mountain View, CA 6/27/17
Brynn Cartelli – Oakland, CA 1/24/19
Busta Rhymes
Carrie Rodriguez – SF
Chevelle – Concord, CA 9/18/19
Chuck Profit – SF, 5/9/09
Coco Montoya
Cover Girls
Cypress Hill
Danity Kane
Darius Rucker – Santa Rosa, 6/14/14
Debbie Gibson – San Jose, CA 5/29/19
The Devil From California – San Francisco, CA 4/14/15
Drake White & The Big Fire – Aptos, CA 5/24/15
Dustin Lynch – Santa Rosa, CA 6/14/14
E-40 – Oakland, CA 1/5/18
Earl Thomas
En Vogue – Pleasanton, CA 7/2009
The Doobie Brothers
Exploiting Eve
Frankie Ballard – Santa Rosa 6/5/16
Gavin Rossdale – San Francisco, CA 6/21/09
Giraffage – San Francisco, 9/12/14
The Jabbawockeez
Jackie Green
Jesse McCartney
Joe Nichols – Fremont, CA 12/12/19
Joey McIntyre – San Francisco, CA 10/10
John Waite – Sonoma, CA 9/20/14
Josh Turner – Santa Rosa 6/5/16
June’s Diary – Oakland, CA 1/5/18
Kellie Pickler – Aptos, CA 5/24/15
Kelly Clarkson – Oakland, CA 1/24/19
Kenny Chesney – Mountain View, CA
Kid Rock  – Mountain View, CA 7/28/13
KT Tunstall
Lady Antebellum – 6/27/17 Mountain View, CA
Lenny Kravitz
Little Big Town – Concord, CA 4/29/16
Low vs. Diamond – SF, 4/9/09
Luke Bryan – Concord, CA 4/29/16
Matt Nathanson (4/09)
Maroon 5
Mike & The Mexicans – March 2015 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Monica – Oakland, CA 1/5/18
Mother Hips – San Francisco, CA 12/19/09
The Nasty Bastards – March 2015 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Natasha Beddingfield
Naughty by Nature – San Jose, CA 5/29/19
Nelly – San Jose, CA 5/3/15
Old DominionSanta Rosa 6/5/16
OneRepublic – Concord, CA 6/7/14
Paula Abdul – 6/4/17 San Jose, CA
Porter Robinson – San Francisco, CA 9/12/14
Pussycat Dolls
Ryan Bingham – Aptos, CA 5/24/15
Salt-n-Pepa – San Jose, CA 5/29/19
Sara Evans – Santa Rosa, CA 6/14/14
The Script – Concord, CA 6/7/14
Sheryl Crow (almost met her backstage)
Shiny Toy Guns – SF 5/2013
Soda Pop – March 2015 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Tamar Braxton – Oakland, CA 1/5/18
The Tex Mex Experience
Tiffany -San Jose, CA 5/29/19
TLC – San Jose, CA 5/3/15
Uncle Kracker – Mountain View, CA 7/28/13
XscapeOakland, CA 1/5/18
ZZ Top – Mountain View, CA 7/28/13

I’ve Met:

Alan Cummings
Alejandro Escovedo – SF 2/19/10

Alyssa Fox (Wicked)
Amber Meade (The Bad Girls Club) – SF 8/2010, LA 3/26/11
Bang Data
Barry Sims (NFL)
Bobby Crosby (MLB)
Earl Thomas
Exploiting Eve
Danny Wood (NKOTB) – San Jose, CA 6/4/17
Debbie Gibson
Dennis Richmond (Bay Area News Anchor)
Erica Lynn (Bad Girls Club Season 5) – LA 3/26/11
James Jett (NFL)
Jerry Rice (NFL)
Kristen Kelly (Bad Girls Club Season 5) – LA 3/26/11

Lenny Kravitz – SF 2003?

Libby Servais (Wicked)

Los Lonely Boys – Murphys, CA 2006
Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys

Pleasanton, CA

Nikki Galladay (The Bad Girls Club) – Pleasanton, CA 2/5/11
Randy Johnson (NFL)
Sarah Michaels (The Bad Girls Club) – First meeting in SJ 5/2010
Sam Williams (NFL) – Went to same middle school.
Susan Tedeschi
Terry Kirby (NFL)
Tim Brown (NFL)
Thom Chacon

Too$hort – 4/27/08 in Pleasanton, CA

Meeting Nikki – Bad Girls Club, Season 6

As previously mentioned, I don’t do the club thing much anymore but I’m still down to have a good time. Last week, I came across an ad for Nikki‘s appearance at a club called Status in Pleasanton, California. It used to be named Aura and I’ve been there once before. My fiance used to be roommates with the daughter of the owners or some far-fetched connection like that. Regardless…

As a fan of the show on Oxygen, now into my 4th season of watching, I thought it’d be cool to meet this girl. I can honestly say she was the one I liked the most from the beginning. I didn’t really want to declare it as my initial favorite from last season’s ended up not being my fave anymore. Then again, you can blame editing for that. (So is it reality TV?) I liked Nikki because she was funny, sporty and not a girly-girl that was always in front of the mirror. And it never appeared that she was wearing a lot of make-up, and natural beauty is way better than wearing a cake on your face to be pretty. Goofy humor is my kind of humor. My girl, Jenny, and I crack up about the most random things, even over GChat while stuck at work. We just GET each other! Call it dorky, immature – whatever. I call it a good time.

I Tweeted that Nikki was going to be in the Bay Area and she responded a couple times. I got there early and the club was completely decorated differently and it was not packed. My friend, Susie, got there and kept saying how bright the club was. The DJ was in the middle of the room and I thought that was cool but no one was really dancing. We had some ‘meatballs’ as Sammi, Deena and Snooki from The Jersey Shore would say there dancing all raunchy-like. That was like an ongoing train wreck. Then I guess it’s the new thing to wear extremely short dresses to a club, get down and dirty on the floor to where their panties are showing. Not just once, but every single time. Personally, when I go out dancing, I like to be comfortable and not have to worry if my ‘unmentionables’ are showing. Then again, that’s just me. What’s a 30-year-old doing there anyway? And these girls are another reason why I do not want a baby girl.

Nikki eventually arrived with her entourage and what appeared to be a driver or a body guard. Her hair was down and wearing a sequined tube dress. I didn’t want to rush her so I kind of observed for a second to see if anyone else was coming up to her but it seemed like she was just having a good time with friends. So I asked Susie to take our photo. I introduced myself and she said it was nice to meet me. Here are our two photos. I definitely felt like a munchkin next to this pretty girl.

Susie and I were having a hard time talking over the loud music so I didn’t bother making conversation with Nikki. She should just enjoy her time. But it was cool to meet her and it’s kinda interesting to now watch her season when there’s still a lot more to come.

Who’s your favorite Bad Girl this season?

Sarah Michaels – In Demand

Just like the Demand It! feature on Eventful.com to get bands to come to your town, I thought I’d start a list of fans/supporters (petition, if you will) that want Sarah Michaels to come to your town! Promoters for clubs, lounges and special events need to know there’s a following – and from what I’ve seen, they (YOU!) are out there! I have been in marketing since before I was legal to drink and have done well with guerilla marketing, which is creatively getting results/exposure without a marketing budget.

If you love Sarah and want to meet this ‘Bad Girl’ and possibly bring her ‘Bad’ friends, let it be known HERE! This will be an ongoing list of fans that promoters can review and say ‘YES! Let’s book her!’ And…who knows, Sarah might review this list every now and then. *wink* *wink*

How do I get on this list? Either comment below or email me at bernadettemanzano@hotmail.com with:
1) Your first name and last initial (ex: Bernadette M.)
2) Your city and state
3) Your email if you’d like it posted here

Be sure to forward this posting to your friends to increase the chances of her coming to your town. And to further support Sarah, try out her Wellness products at TheWellnessShot.com.

-LIST BEGAN, Sunday, January 16, 2011-

I’ll be the first:

1) Bernadette M – Brentwood (NorCal)

Raymond B.- Searsport

‘Rockpango’ – New Album by the Los Lonely Boys – 3/29/11

My favorite band, the Los Lonely Boys, will be releasing their new album, ‘Rockpango’, on March 29, 2011. I am so excited for it. I heard one new song at the Napa concert last year and I believe it was called Rockpango. Check out the article below with the track titles.

OBTB and La Onda will have to get together for a release party and make swag to promote the new album. Hmmm, what to do, what to do? They love us here in Northern California. We get 3-4 shows each tour (with the exception of their home state of Texas) and I hear it makes the rest of the nation a little jealous. Our group is very well organized and we really come together for the love of the music and the Boys. And it’s also not bad that we get some love from the Boys as well. They know most of us by name and appreciate the promotion we do for them on our own dime. I’m at my 45th concert and I can’t wait for my 50th because I’m going to do something special. I can’t say what it is just yet!

Are you a fan of Los Lonely Boys?


Random questions:
What’s your favorite song of theirs?
La Contestacion – my favorite instrument is the piano and a special version of it will never be forgotten.

Most memorable concert:
Out of the 45 so far, definitely my birthday at Cache Creek, where they sang “Nobody Else” for me. They said they loved me and even Henry came right in front of me and played for me. I was in tears.

When did you first meet the Boys?
In 2004. I was working for an advertising agency and my client sponsored the Alice Acoustic Lounges in San Francisco. They were playing a set and I was there. After the performance, Jojo snuck out so quickly to go smoke downstairs on the street. I was so lucky enough to ride the elevator down with Henry and Ringo. They were hilarious in just that 3-story elevator ride. I chatted with JoJo for a bit, with Henry and Ringo. I also posed for a picture with all three of them but those stupid disposable cameras didn’t work out. They’re so down to earth, hilarious and appreciate of their fans.

How far have you traveled to see them?
I have driven from the Bay Area south to Palm Desert, CA & Viejas, CA, southeast to Las Vegas, NV and far north to Lincoln City, OR in the snow. I eventually will make it to Texas.

What is the most you’ve paid to see them?
The most was probably $250 to get front row at the Concord Pavillion in Concord, CA back in 2005. The next most expensive was at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA. I think I paid $250 as well for 4th row seats but a 4-course meal.

On my bucket list:
I want to make it in one of their music videos. How do I do that???

I may sound like a crazy fan, and trust me, there are people out there, but I don’t try to HOG the Boys. I’m not trying to get them to follow me on Twitter (LOL, cause they already are. HA!), I don’t ask for a photo or an autograph every single time I see them, and I am not rude to other fans that want to meet them. I have met them several times and I think everyone should have the pleasure of doing so. They have definitely touched my life. Listening to their music and thinking about the wonderful experiences with them lift my spirits when I have a bad day and I remember that life is good. A smile or some kind of recognition from the stage, a hug, a ‘thank you for all your support’, goes such a long way. And it keeps me loving and supporting them.

If you have a chance to see them LIVE, to meet them, to pick up their album, – do it! You won’t be disappointed. If you see any La Onda members around at concerts, dancing in our seats or in the aisles, come and talk to us. We probably have some swag for you to keep as a souvenir.



Los Lonely Boys have confirmed the March 29 release of their new album Rockpango. The album stands as the most personal work yet by the Grammy-winning Garza brothers–Henry, Ringo, and Jojo–who wrote, recorded and produced it themselves.

Rockpango, which will also be available in a Deluxe Edition featuring three bonus songs, behind the scenes video, and a fold-out poster of the cover art, marks the first full- length studio release of original material on the band’s own Lonely Tone imprint for Playing in Traffic Records. More info and spring tour dates, including SXSW, to come soon.

Rockpango Tracklisting:
1. American Idle
2. Fly Away
3. Love In My Veins
4. Road To Nowhere
5. 16 Monkeys
6. Rockpango
7. Smile
8. Baby Girl
9. Change The World
10. Porn Star
11. Believe

UPDATED 2/15/11
The Boy’s first single off of Rockpango “FLY AWAY” – CLICK HERE! released today!