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Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn

Pigment’s Online Store Manager, Jenny, took to the East Coast for a little business + pleasure. She visited one of our most favorite chocolatiers in the country – Mast Brothers in Brooklyn.

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Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a perfect spot for Mast Brothers Chocolates. Laid back, yet plenty of “cool” and style to go around, reflects perfectly what Mast Brothers is and makes! It was a smoldering hot end of summer day, but inside the Mast Brothers showroom and factory it was delightfully fresh and cool. Their showroom offers samples of all the chocolates (which range from around the world where the beans are directly sourced, thus the names of each flavor), their delectable hand-made desserts and a variety of cookbooks and literature.

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 Stationery made from the leftover packaging (which is OMG gorgeous). Tasty and environmentally savvy!

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 Doing creative stuff with chocolate. 

The cocoa beans that make Mast Brothers chocolates, are harvested and dried locally in locations around the world. The brothers visit all of the farms where their beans are cultivated and cared for, making each farm and location a very special part of what the Mast Brothers are creating in their chocolate. The beans come to the Mast Bros dried out and are easily crushed into a powdery cocoa (as Arto shows below), which smells terrific and tastes rich with deep cocoa flavors. In tasting the actual source of the chocolaty goodness, that the amazing & unique flavors you get in each Mast Bro bar, really comes almost entirely from the bean itself, of course, with a little added love (and prob a ‘lil sugar).

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The aftermath of hours of churning cocoa beans into chocolate. This batch almost in its final hour. 

After the churning process, the chocolates are stored as big bricks where the age gracefully. Then once matured and in need, the bricks are melted down and poured into molds to make the classic chocolate bar rectangle. Here is also where any additional ingredients are added (almonds down below).

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Then these babies are put in the fridge, popped out of their mold and then wrapped, which used to happen by hand (every single bar), but recently now a vintage machine gives the team a hand. Still, many people come together to make each batch of Mast Brothers chocolate.

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At Mast Bros, you really sense these guys are a family and love working together to take care of their chocolate babies. A lot of heart and effort goes into understanding and crafting something of real quality. If you haven’t had one of these artisanal delights, now’s your chance. | Find Mast Brother’s chocolate HERE online and in store at Pigment.

Find the golden ticket! ‘Til next time! – Jenny

 

 

I Like Your Big Basin

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The end of Summer is here, but that doesn’t mean camping season is over. The kids are back in school, but the weather is still warm. Big Basin Campground is a perfect little patch of Redwood Trees in Boulder Creek, California, just 45 minutes away from Santa Cruz. The weather is warm there now, but it’s great to visit in Spring as the many waterfalls in the area are gushing after the Winter season.

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The winding road to get to Big Basin from Highway 101 is like traveling back to the 70s. The roads were nearly empty besides the handful of summer camps, a family of deer and this one lonesome stop sign.

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There is tons of hiking throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains running all the way down to the coast, if you’re feeling an extra pep in your step.

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Wilson, the camping French Bulldog 

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Just because you are in the woods, doesn’t mean you can’t eat like kings. We cooked some fresh salmon and asparagus and, of course, followed up with the camping must-have, s’mores!

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The night brings games and drinks (including lots of tequila), the ultimate camping combo.

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Cheers to another road trip!

 

Travel On……….

As the summer comes to an end, we have a little more time to reminisce the hot days, now turning into a cool breeze and get away for one last trip. We have been bitten by the wanderlust bug, and we are day dreaming. Smelling the fresh air. Out on the open road.

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Here’s a little mix we put together to accompany you on your travels.

Enjoy the open road.

XO-Pigment

Summer Time Camping for the Kids

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, this weekend, and so brings the onset of SUMMER! It’s time for the smells of sunscreen, the ocean, dirt, BBQ, bonfires and the open air as the sunny rays beat down and warm your smiling face.

Whether you’re planning a big Euro Trip or just laying low this summer, one activity EVERYONE does in the summer is GO CAMPING, or “Glamping” (glamorous-camping, that is) if you so prefer. So unpack the closet, shake off the dirt of last summer from your tent, and hit the road (or the backyard, or beach, or all of the above).

Here’s some of our favorite inspiring camping pics.

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We shot some great pics of Pigment owners’ little girls, Lyla and Ella, with some of our awesome kids camping gear we have in store. Who knew kids could go glamping too?

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The Olga Teepee is a great kids set up for the backyard, bedroom or beach. 

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We love these Smile Lanterns

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Gotta have your tunes when you’re road tripping – the SunnyLIFE Radio can help you out. 

Get outdoors this summer!
xo – Pigment

Lyla and Ella are accompanied on their kid camping journey by some fun items that your kiddos will love camping with on the beach, in the woods or in the backyard.

The Olga Teepee and Pillow from Wolfum
Real Life Stuffed Friends from Hansa
The Farmhouse Chair by Bend Seating for Mom and Dad to lounge
The Smile LED Lantern
The Baggu Canvas Backpack (great for kids and parents)
The SunnyLIFE Radio
Vintage Suitcases to bring all the necessities