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Uploaded: Apr 23, 2018
Just a quick follow up on the 420 Hippie Hill celebration last week.

I came ready to report on all the food infusions assumed to grace this hallowed annual event. It was really well organized and attended (+ 20,000 happy people), with a strong aroma in the air, but alas, not from freshly baked brownies.

I got it very wrong. There was none, zero, zilch infused munchies sold from the faire booths. No food at all actually, except some token M & M’s and chips; a big oversight for this size crowd of munchers. Even though the public market sells all kinds of edibles, the organizers told me they “couldn’t bring food this year, maybe next.” I think the county health department just said no, a good decision for a first year event like this.

No matter, armed with a Food Party! badge, people kept approaching to show off their baking skills. “The Food Party! – that’s the party I want to be at,” was a common opening line,

followed by baskets of homemade

Cake pops & Smores

Chocolate chip cookies, rice crispy treats and others on full display.

I didn’t come away with much food insight, but I did start asking party-goers if they thought legalized marijuana might be a way to help solve the cultural divide. This was the most diverse crowd I have ever been in, and I go to a lot of public gatherings. People of all races just coming together to meet each other and have some fun. It was actually inspiring and nice to see. Gave me hope. I can see it now – The Munchie Movement – understanding different cultures though interaction and food.

Peace, love and munchies for all!

Next week is Farm Bill Café. We are reading chapters 1-3 of Food Fight by Dan Imhoff and talking about it here in the blog.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 24, 2018 at 8:31 am

As being someone who has always been afraid of the light night munchie attack I was expecting to read about a new healthy bakery.

How dare you take another word from our English lexicon and turn it into something else. How dare the word be used in this way.

Munchies is a word I remember from childhood with fondness. It seems it is now no longer a child friendly word. How dare you!

Brownies with M & Ms, a childhood favorite were always called munchies. How misleading that we can't keep these traditional names for the next generation.

How dare you!

Posted by Huh?, a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park,
on Apr 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

How dare you? Huh?

Posted by Jaine, a resident of Charleston Meadows,
on Apr 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

Has anyone tried burning fat with just eating?

Web Link

Posted by Reader, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Apr 24, 2018 at 9:50 pm

A bit too late to try to play dictionary police; this term has been widely associated with marijuana-triggered appetite for decades. Not really the fault of this blog writer.

English is a very fluid language and isn't subject to academic review for new usage approval. New words, definitions and usage constantly appear in this language (e.g. “selfie").

Posted by munch, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Apr 25, 2018 at 8:46 am

"been widely associated with marijuana-triggered appetite for decades."

I can vouch for that term being widely in use in the very early 70's; that has it closing in on almost 50 years.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 25, 2018 at 9:51 am

I think you misunderstand me.

The idea of using the word munchie meaning baked goods containing pot is fine if you know that is what the article is about. But, using it in a headline in a blog that is normally for recommendations of good restaurant options and healthy eating is what I object to. This type of click bait is terrible. What if a child looking for brownies with M & Ms came across this?

No, we have to remember that not everybody is OK with pot. Not everybody is OK with combining an everyday child friendly blog to suddenly have a headline that gets people like me, have no interest in anything to do with pot, suddenly inundated with pot articles.

Leave the headlines so as to have no confusion. I don't care what the article is about and I can choose whether to open it or not. But don't mislead the general population, changing a very respectable word into clickbait for something that is a cult and federally illegal.

That is unethical and very poor journalism. How dare you deliberately try to mislead.

Posted by Reader, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Apr 25, 2018 at 3:13 pm

True journalism died in the Nineties. This is the world we live in.

Plus adult marijuana consumption has been legalized by this state's electorate.

Media consumption by minors should be monitored by adults if you care that much.

Don't forget that pop music is a far greater influence on minors than some blog written by some random person over forty. Some rapper is going to be more persuasive to kids re: drug use than some middle-aged olf fart like me.

Remember that no one can please everyone all the time, and we're not just talking about Embarcardero Media bloggers.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Apr 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Ooooh, somebody's harshing my mellow.

Posted by Not a reader, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Apr 26, 2018 at 9:58 am

>This type of click bait is terrible.

This writer specializes in click bait. Sexy headlines and double entendres are a specialty. I no longer take the bait.

Posted by Ken Abyss, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Apr 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

@ Resident, I know exactly what the blog was about specifically because the word "Munchies" has changed. The accepted meaning by the general public has changed. I don't mind the author talking about this nor do I mind her talking about wine even though the latter is a deadly poison directly responsible for uncountable deaths.

Sometimes society changes without our permission and the initial definition of a word may change as well, but it doesn't mean you should stop being the gay person you usually are ;)

Relax. Everything's going to be OK.

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: other,
on Apr 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Readers, blogs are not "journalism." They are personal opinions and experiences shared by the writer.

To Resident, welcome to The Food Party! We are a potluck and glad you could make it. But you must be new The Party!, because there is nothing odd, daring, new or surprising about my title. We talk about all types of food eating, food culture, taboos - everything here at The Food Party! Said in another way - we are not just a place to find a new recipe, though we have put out a lot of great ones these past four years, and I encourage you to try a few. This week's title, especially coming the week after writing that I was broadcasting live from Hippie Hill about the food there, is perfectly in sync, in line, and to be expected.

But I like your spunk so please come back. :)

Posted by Munchie Movement, a resident of another community,
on May 6, 2018 at 1:05 am

The Munchie Movement is actually an organization in the East Bay that provides food, water and cannabis to local homeless communities. We are not an edible or food related company, but an organization with a positive cause worth checking out:

(That is our banner booth in that photo)

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