15 Ways You Know You Are A Brownie Snob

1. Your child’s favorite snack is brownies and milk.

2. Your wedding cake was made of brownies.

Dello Mano Wedding Cake
Shane and Tammy Stefanutto

 

3. To you, brownies don’t just make for great snacks or desserts; you also know that they make any other dessert better.

Dello Mano Brownie Sundae
Dello Mano Brownie Sundae

4. You know exactly which brownie flavor goes best with coffee….. or beer

Beer and Brownie
Beer and Brownie Tasting

 

 or champagne or wine

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5 Ways To Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is that one special day of the year when the most important women in our lives are celebrated. It’s always nice to give our supermums a restful break. After all that our mums have done (and keep on doing) for us, isn’t it about it we give back?

We’ve rounded up 5 ideas you might want to try. Take a look:

1. Start the day right with a great meal.

As a child, my siblings and I would let mum sleep in and bring her breakfast in bed. Sure we left the kitchen in a big mess and we served her a burnt toast (or two) but she loved it nonetheless!

Check out some recipes at myrecipes.com

When was the last time you made mum a meal? Bring out that inner chef in you and whip up something extra special for the most important meal of the day. Not a kitchen wiz or don’t have the time? Don’t fret, treat mum to Dello Mano Cafe for breakfast or lunch instead. She’ll love the ambiance and the meals that are fit for a queen.

Crepes anyone?
Eggs Benny with spinach and prosciutto

2. Schedule a spa date

Nothing says pampering like a relaxing retreat to a spa. Let mum soak up the stress and worries away, let the massage and treatments take her mind off the daily hustle and bustle—make her feel beautiful and cared for. Continue reading “5 Ways To Spoil Mum on Mother’s Day”

What Makes Dello Mano Brownies a Work of Art?

Do you love art? If yes, how would you define it?

Here in Dello Mano, we love art as much as we love baking. And we make sure to incorporate it in everything we do. For us, art is creating something with love and passion. It is putting hard work and commitment to develop a masterpiece. It is selecting the best ingredients, paying attention to details, and being consistent in terms of quality.

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5 Creative Ways to Enjoy Your Dello Mano Brownies

Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box
Dello Mano Chocolate Brownie Gift Box

So you got your box of Dello Mano luxury brownies? Awesome. But before you go all the way to unwrapping and indulging in those delicious chunks of heaven, give yourself just a few moments (you can do it!). While they are good as they are, do you know that there are more fun and enjoyable ways to eat Dello Mano brownies?

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Easy, Fun & Incredible Easter Treat Ideas to Try this Year

Looking for Easter gift and treat ideas? Whether you are decorating eggs with a paint or two, making a chocolate gift basket or some handmade cookies, Easter is a time for squeezing your creative juices and coming up with that beautiful, vibrant and really fun treat to give to your kids, friends and family.

Dello Mano Easter Greetings
Easter Greetings

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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you will never know what you’re gonna get.”

21 years have passed since the first time most of us heard these famous lines. Forrest Gumpis one of the most quoted movies of all time. The mixture of comedy, romance, and drama that revolves around the inspiring story of a man named Forrest Gump, is not that easy to forget. His wonderful story reminds us that we should strive to be all we want to be – just don’t give up.

Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box
Dello Mano Chocolate Brownie Gift Box

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Society and Brownie Queen

Recently I  wrote a blog about the Original Brownie, claimed to have been invented at the Palmer Hotel in Chicago. Having pioneered Brownies as gifts here in Australia, we were loving the idea of a woman behind the original brownie and equally loving that a woman was directing events at the Columbian Exposition in the late 1800’s. So we set out to explore a little more about Bertha Palmer: the woman behind the brownie.

A woman ahead of her time, Bertha Palmer was not only the force behind the delight but was also a philanthropist, champion for women’s rights and later an entrepreneurial Florida property and resort developer.  Although she hailed from a wealthy Southern family and later married the wealthy merchant Potter Palmer, she demonstrated from an early age an understanding and natural flair for business.

Unlike many women of her time, it is said that she would freely engage in business discussions with her husband and his associates. In her words “I was not a suffragist! I simply felt that intelligent women could work with men to achieve their
goals. I preferred diplomacy to balance the social and working worlds. Both my father and my husband had encouraged me to learn about business….”

Decades before women had the vote, Bertha campaigned for women’s rights and equality and it is reported often made her grand home available for feminist meetings.

She was a true leader and, in many ways, a visionary.  Instrumental in the setting up of  the Chicago Women’s Business Club in 1888 to help women entering the workforce, Palmer also served as vice-president of the Civic Federation. She was both well respected for her intellect and yet equally known for her haute couture and her joie de vivre.

Bertha Palmer

photo courtesy of http://www.sarasotahistoryalive.com

When Chicago won the honour to host the World Columbian Exposition she and her lady friends reportedly became fixated with creating the most memorable experience. They wanted to out-do the Paris Exhibition of 1889 which had the now iconic Eiffel tower. Chicago would have the giant Ferris wheel and an amazing exhibition of works by women. Bertha was chosen as President of ‘The Board of Lady Managers’ and in this role she hand picked 117 women to work with her on the project. She was reported as saying, “Even more important than the discovery of Columbus” Bertha proclaimed, “is the fact that the government has just discovered women.”

Bertha went on a mission to Europe raising donations for the Exposition and  created a whole building dedicated to 47 nations of women and their industry and achievements including the Hambell cake and egg beater and a little more novel a dress stand that could be converted to a fire escape!  In her preparation for the event, Bertha was proactive encouraging all women to submit their work to the Exhibition. Echoing over a century ahead of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” concept, Bertha gave all women the advice to “Keep up with the procession, and head it if you can.”

What an amazing combination and life  – Bertha Palmer, key driver of the original brownie was both Societal and Brownie Royalty.

Dello Mano explores how the Easter Bunny come about?

the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny - all shapes and sizes

We all know that the Easter bunny is a rabbit that sneaks into people’s homes the night before Easter and hides colored eggs, chocolates and for the very stylish 😉 , Dello Mano Luxury Brownies . But questions remain – What does Easter have to do with bunnies ? Where did the Easter Bunny originate from? And  is the Easter Bunny contactable to tell him that Dello Mano brownies as  a great Easter gift and alternative to Easter Eggs? 🙂

Here’s the result of the Dello Mano exploration.
Easter is celebrated in March- April and coincides with the to celebration of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The beginning of spring is the season of new beginning and revival. Some texts believe that the origin of the word Easter appears to lie in 13th century Germany, where the spring goddess Eostre was illustrated as a young woman carrying a basket of colored eggs and 2 baby hares. Thus the name Easter originated for the spring festival.
However, the eggs and rabbits are both a symbol of fertility and they have been used as a symbol of the beginning of new life for centuries. According to some researchers, the Persians used to give out eggs to celebrate the arrival of spring. As the hare and rabbit are the most fertile animals, they were used in various rituals to promote and celebrate fertility.
As Christianity spread, Easter and giving eggs were incorporated into the religion as a religious festival. But  our research suggests this symbolization was transformed into the Easter bunny bringing eggs, in Germany in the late 1500s and early 1600s. The Germans introduced the idea of Oschter Haws, which was a rabbit who laid a nest of colored eggs for good children and later sugar and candy bunnies were made to celebrate the holiday. The story goes that when the Germans migrated to the United States and beyond in the 1700s, the concept of Oschter Haws also went along, which later evolved into the present day Easter bunny!

Here in Australia not only was the concept of the Easter bunny introduced but also real rabbits. The rapid rabbit growth soon resulted in them becoming a pest as they began destroying many habitats, causing endangerment to many local animals. Due to this reason, Australians have tried hard to officially remove the Easter Bunny and substitute it with the Easter Bilby.
The Easter Bunny or Bilby, over time has become the most anticipated character after Santa Claus.

Today the much awaited Easter bunny not only brings colored eggs but also goodies like the delicious chocolate and luxurious Dello Mano Belgian Chocolate brownies.

You can contact the Dello Mano Easter Bunny and buy brownies at our store 29 Doggett St. Teneriffe in Brisbane, online or order by telephone 1300 661 682.  A great Easter gift. We happily deliver all over Australia.