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Beach Fire and Campfire Regulations
In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, we'll be roasting this summer at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California. Beautiful, with firepits for barbecuing and roasting marshmallows. And close to everything San Francisco! Here's a link to the rules for fires on the beach.
Bryce Canyon, October 2015
October at Bryce Canyon, Utah is a great place for a nice warm fire. We saw many families roasting marshmallows and hotdogs at their campsites. Mike and Bill knew just how to build a wonderful fire, which was especially needed in October at Bryce.
Fire Pits and Bonfires on California Beaches
Despite efforts to close California beaches to bonfires and firepits, there are still many places along the coast to roast marshmallows. CaliforniaBeaches.com provides us a Map to beaches allowing bonfires or having firepits.
Newport Beach (CA) Fire Pits update
The Newport Beach City Council voted on January 13 to once again allow wood to be burned in some of the city's beach fire rings. This was a victory for marshmallow roasting families who for generations have enjoyed s'mores on the beaches of Southern California. Read about the new burning regulations here.
Roasting Marshmallow in Lava
From Yahoo News: Comes the story of volcano expert Simon Turner whose video of him using a tent pole to roast marshmallow over lava has gone viral. The crater is Marum crater in Ambrym, Vanuatu. Now I know where my next extended vacation for the NMR Institute will be!
From Yahoo News: Simon Turner sits by an active lava lake to roast a marshmallow. (YouTube/CatersTV)
Point Reyes / Mendocino, October 2014
Once again, Jerry spent a week in October on the Northern California coast to ponder all things Mallow. He was joined by KR Grace, who heads up the Bexley Ohio chapter of the NMRI, and a couple other seasoned backpackers from Ohio and Utah. The fires were perfect for roasting at Vandamme Campground in Mendocino, but were not allowed at Coast camp in Point Reyes National Seashore.
The wine tasting at Mazzocco Winery in Healdsburg was wonderful. If you like Zinfandel, this is the place. Thank you especially to winemaker Antoine Favero for the tour!
Mr. Mallow and the Roasters went to the Bridge School Concert in Mountain View on Saturday, 25 October where old friends Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Florence and the Machine and Soundgarden put on a great benefit for the kids at the school. Joining Neil this year also was Tom Jones, Nora Jones and many others. Will Mr. Mallow and the Roasters join them on-stage one of these years? Perhaps.
Paris, May 2014
Our NMRI President was in Paris to taste-test and evaluate marshmallows in the City of Light. The French take their marshmallows seriously, often having mallow tastings and wine paring events that attract some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Jerry blogged his whole trip with links to photos and comments on his daily activities over the two weeks in France. The bulk of his stay consisted of playing clubs with the band (Mr. Mallow and the Roasters) and hanging in the 7e Arrondissement, Paris. But travel plans took him to the eastern France cities of Metz and Homecourt and to the coast of Normandy, where Jerry paid his respects at the American cemeteries and the D-day beaches.
Big Sur Roast, 2013
We had our second annual Big Sur Roast at Lime Kiln State Park the second week of October 13-18. What perfect weather and a great turnout! Vice President, NMRI Mallow Research & Development, Ken (KR) Grace from Bexley Ohio was on hand to guide our fellow roasters. KR is the organizer of the annual Bexley Ohio Mallow Fest and the Schiller Park Master Roasters Event in German Village Ohio.
Roasting in Lime Kiln State Park, Big Sur, CA
Joining KR and Jerry (President, NMRI) were Bill Moore and Mike Burkley, two fine NMRI master roasters. As always, SmorStix were the roasting skewer of choice. Jerry had a quiver full of SmorStix for all roasters. This will be an annual October event!
California Fire Pits Threatened
Latest news from David Ruiz: The Air Quality Board has issued a restrictive new law that would call for all firepits which are located within 700 feet of homes to be removed...this would keep most of Huntington beaches intact, and force the removal of all Newport Beach Pits. The city says they are open to new ideas ( gas etc..etc..). So right now we are waiting to see where things go. More information at: http://www.savethefirepits.com
A new Gourmet Marshmallow to try!
The Juju Z. Treat Company is a recent find for us. And best of all, they sell their marshmallows online and in locations in and around Truckee California! I purchased a couple bags of the Milk Chocolate stuffed Vanilla Marshmallows right at Northstar Ski Resort January 1, 2013 after skiing the mountain. Tara reviews a fresh bag of these and we've posted Tara's review here.
Subscribe to their newsletter and you are automatically entered to win gourmet marshmallow treats!
Thanks to Allison at SmorStix for giving us the heads up on these marshmallows!
Tara's Mallow Reviews!
From time-to-time, our esteemed NMRI Public Information Officer and Media Specialist, Tara, reviews scrumptious Marshmallow Products.
Her reviews are for:
World Marshmallow Roasting Record!
The Guiness World Marshmallow Roasting Record was set earlier this year in Marion County, Kansas. Read all about it and what you'll have to do to beat this phenomenal record.
One of the top 25 quintessential things to do ...
In and around Boston, that is. The Boston Globe names the 'What the Fluff?' Fluff Festival one of the top 25 things to do in 2013. Let's plan on it!
Mt. Whitney Roast 2012
After 7 of 8 members of our climbing party scaled Mt. Whitney, we celebrated with a marshmallow roast.
We love our SmorStix in the quiver!
Save the Fire Pits
2012 - We Did It !!!
has announced that it will
fund the fire pits in the next city budget. We are good for 2012-2013!
Big thanks to all of the supporters of this San Diego tradition!
Now we have a new challenge as also identified at the web site above.
Jerry Grinstead (Aka Mr. Mallow)
President and Director of Social Media
address and membership information will Never
be turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, to any
congressional commission, or to any of those deviants over at the National
Hotdog Roasters Institute!