All posts for the month April, 2014

Kudos to Surf Taco for Low Prices and Excellent Quality!

Published April 27, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4123GT’s Synergy Kombucha, only $3.79 at Surf Taco!

My husband Dennis and I have been a fan of Surf Taco for several years now. And I was even more impressed today, finding out they now carry kombucha in their Red Bank facility. Mind you, I’m not a “hipster” — I’ve been drinking this stuff since 2004!

But even more wonderful is that Surf Taco is awesome enough to keep the price low! In most grocery stores (Shop Rite, Whole Foods and Fairway) GT’s kombucha is $3.59. And in indie health food stores I’ve seen it as high as $4, even $5!

So a big shout out to Surf Taco for keeping it real!

Thank you Surf Taco — you rock!

And while I’m at it, I might add that their vegan burrito is to die for! Which brings me to another reason to give three cheers to Surf Taco — they know what vegan means (no cheese!) YAY!

Gerard & Diane Barros, Glen Ridge Public Library

Published April 26, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4111Gerard and Diane Barros

Gerard and Diane Barros are one of several entertainers I manage at my business, Pear Tree Enterprises ( Not only do I represent them, but I am a big fan too! This couple’s talent never ceases to amaze me and they are always adding new songs to their repertoire.

Today they performed at Glen Ridge Library, Glen Ridge, New Jersey — a show I booked them at — and had the audience in the palm of their hands. They did great covers by Fleetwood Mac, Carol King, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Sonny & Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, The Andrew Sisters and more!

I had a fabulous time and look forward to their next performance! For more information, visit:

SAM_4115Gerard Barros

SAM_4116Diane Barros

SAM_4102Diane and Gerard Barros and Me!

Book Reading/Signing at Gallery U, Westfield, New Jersey

Published April 24, 2014 by Maryanne

Gallery UMe, my husband Dennis, my friend Mair and her husband Paul

I had an amazing time reading from my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ. Another great turn out and sold many books!

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon:

SAM_4073Me and poet/author, Juditha Dowd

SAM_4074Mair, me and my music client, Carol Erickson

SAM_4075Juditha Dowd

SAM_4076Dennis, me and Paul

SAM_4077Dennis, me and Paul

SAM_4098Me and Mair

SAM_4082Joe Graham and me

SAM_4096Me and Robert of Gallery U

SAM_4097Me signing book for Joe Graham

With Humble Gratitude

Published April 23, 2014 by Maryanne


Yesterday I was grateful that, as an author, I not only sold many books at a book signing, but that I was able to shake hands and chat with every single person who purchased a book. I said I never, ever, want to be the person who is “too busy” or “too overwhelmed” to not make someone feel as equally as special as they are making me feel. Life is a give and take and it’s important for us, as human beings to be at each others side, with no one above or below. With humble gratitude, I am thankful.

Book Reading/Signing Bergenfield Library, New Jersey

Published April 22, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4053Me and librarian, Don Hansen

I had an amazing time this morning at the Bergenfield Library, where I did a book reading and signing for my first book: “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (available on Amazon:

It was an excellent turn out! All the seats were filled! For the past several months I’ve been doing a lot of public speaking, but reading from your own book and having people enjoy it and say things like, “You were delightful” was phenomenal!

I shared several stories from my book including: My first concert (Meat Loaf), my friendship with the late Cyrinda Foxe, getting locked in Max’s Kansas City and hanging out with The Bay City Rollers!

I sold several books and I am ecstatic!



I love my lucky “Billy Cat” bag from my friend Shaolin.

I carry the books in here, it brings me good luck!


I enjoyed meeting new people I haven’t met before!

SAM_4059This cool lady told me her kids call her “Metal Mom!”

SAM_4060Friends who actually found me via this blog!

They were at the Annabella Lwin show last fall and saw my blog about the show!



SAM_4063Afterward, with my husband Dennis, my rock!

Radio Show Archive, Enjoy!

Published April 21, 2014 by Maryanne

bringing inspiration to earth

I had so much fun being on Robert Sharpe’s radio program today! It’s now archived, so tune in: ENJOY:

I spoke about being bullied in high school, hanging out at Max’s Kansas, my late friend Cyrinda Foxe, The Plasmatics, Lori Burton and so much more!

To purchase my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” please visit:

EDIT: So cool my friend Eli listened FROM PARIS!


Easter Memories

Published April 20, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4017Delicious dinner

It’s such a blessing to be around loved ones on the holiday season. I’m so happy my cousin Laura invited me and my husband to spend our Easter with her and her family!

SAM_4020My husband Dennis and I

SAM_4047With my cousin Michelle

SAM_4033With my favorite uncle, Uncle Mickey

SAM_4038My husband Dennis and my cousin Laura’s husband, Jack

SAM_4039Me and my cousin, Michelle

SAM_4040Aunt Mary “Dollbabe,” me and Michelle

SAM_4041Michelle, Aunt Joanne and Me

SAM_4044Me and Cousin Laura

Keep Positive!

Published April 19, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_4011Me and my friend Sam Popp

Sam and I had an excellent vegan lunch today at Loving Hut in Matawan, New Jersey (

Of course I wanted to document the occasion with a photograph. Sam noticed this amazing quote on the wall, so we decided to pose there. And it was so relevant because we’re both such happy, positive, determined people who believe in creating our own destiny!

Ridgewood Ice Cream Shop Raises Money for Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Published April 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3928Pierre Berberoglu, owner of Ridgewood Ben & Jerry’s

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Here’s an article I wrote about Ben & Jerry’s giving back to the community:

I had a wonderful time covering this story Tuesday afternoon. It was a gorgeous New Jersey day and I had a sample of the peanut butter/banana yogurt, which was fabulous!