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CBS San Francsico Most Valuable Blogger & Cruncha ma me Review

Cruncha ma me Review | JustOneCookbook.comThis morning I received an email saying that I’ve been named as a Finalist for this year’s CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger award in the Dining/Entertainment category!!!  It was such an unexpected wonderful surprise and both my husband and I are still in shocked!

My Bay Area fans and readers of Just One Cookbook, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  I feel really honored to be selected and I wish that I can thank each one of you in person for being part of my blog life.

The voting will end on September 9th, 2011 and if you enjoy my blog, would you please cast your vote for me?  It’s just one click.  You can support for me by clicking on the badge below and click on Just One Cookbook.  Thank you!


This month instead of reviewing on restaurants around SF Bay Area and beyond, we decided to do a product review on a new snack called cruncha ma me.  The company is based in Berkeley and we wanted to support local Bay Area companies, so here’s the review from my husband Shen.

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Dear readers, welcome to the first product review on Just One Cookbook.  We were lucky to be selected by Cruncha Ma-Me a few weeks ago as taste testers (we received these for free).  As parents, Nami and I are always looking for healthy snacks for our children and ourselves.  If you look at ingredients on cookies boxes and other snacks in grocery stores, often times half of them sound like they belong in a “chemistry lab” rather than our stomach.  For Cruncha Ma-Me, the ingredients are pretty straight forward, just edamame, veggie, sea salt, and all-natural yeast extract.

Japanese restaurants often serve edamame as an appetizer, and personally my favorite one is the spicy garlic soy edamame from Ozumo’s in San Francisco.  There’s something addictive about popping the beans out of their shell one after another into your mouth.  In the sample packages provided to us, one is just plain edamame and the other one was a veggie medley.  The veggie medley contained corn and bell pepper in addition to the edamame.  The texture was flaky with a crunchy core, and since they were freeze dried the edamame and veggie were very light.  What I really liked was that the edamame was crunchy but yet you can still taste the flavor.  The sea salt did not overpower the natural flavor of the beans.  On the other hand, the sea salt was a bit on the saltier side for me and I wish they used just slightly less.  The veggie medley had similar texture crunchy but the flavors were slightly sweeter due to the corn and bell pepper.

We did enjoy both snacks but the downside to eating freeze dried snack is that they makes your mouth dry.  Luckily we had some icy cold green tea in the fridge and it went perfectly with Cruncha Ma-Me.  I did not love the snack but for health reasons, we would definitely pick this up in a supermarket for my kids and ourselves as an healthy alternative to chocolate covered cookies.

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  • Peachie August 24, 2011, 12:11 am

    HUGE CONGRATS on being selected as a finalist!!! I’ve just voted for you on this excited occasion!! Good luck!!!!! :)

    That’s one healthy looking snack and it’s a good one to balance off the other unhealthy snacks we usually eat. hahaha

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise August 24, 2011, 12:12 am

    That is some AMAZING news!
    I voted for you and will vote for you everyday…best of luck :)

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen August 24, 2011, 12:27 am

    Nami, congratulations!!! How could I NOT vote for you?!
    I never ate edamame (I don’t know what is its taste), but this looks like an healty snack!

  • Kay Ecker August 24, 2011, 12:35 am

    I too voted for you and will vote everyday :o) You deserve to be a finalist and I hope that you win!!

    I love that edamame squeeze toy, my brother brought me one from Japan. It’s so funny and cute!

  • Raymund August 24, 2011, 12:51 am

    Wow what an honor! You definitely deserve it and I will vote for you without hesitation.

  • Mr. Three-Cookies August 24, 2011, 1:28 am

    Congratulations on the nomination, I think you will win, there is no competition:)

    Very interesting and honest review – ” I did not love the snack”. I agree, freeze dried snacks do make the mouth dry, hence the reason its good to have it with cold beer, or maybe cold green tea:)

  • Maris (In Good Taste) August 24, 2011, 1:53 am

    Congrats on a very well deserved honor! Now excuse me while I go vote!

  • Belinda @zomppa August 24, 2011, 3:45 am

    Yay!!! A HUGE congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carolyn August 24, 2011, 3:59 am

    Congrats, Nami. That’s so exciting and you definitely deserve it!

  • Shaz (feedingmykidsbetter) August 24, 2011, 4:35 am

    Congrats Nami :)

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 24, 2011, 4:49 am

    Congrats, Nami! I voted for you. These snacks sound so good. I love to snack on edamame! They sound good, thanks for the review!

  • Shawn August 24, 2011, 5:25 am

    Congratulations!!! You have such a GREAT blog! I just voted and I hope that you win :)

  • Tiffany August 24, 2011, 6:11 am

    Great review. And VOTED!!!! Nami, I am so proud of you! No matter what happens you are a WINNER in my book! Now… to spread the word to my friends to vote for you ;)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 24, 2011, 6:25 am

    Congrats, Nami! That’s so great. I voted for you!!

  • Cindy August 24, 2011, 6:51 am

    HOW EXCITING!!!!!!!!! I just voted for you, crossing my fingers!

    Cruncha ma me? The name is awesome, I hope you guys will be selected to do a lot more fun product reviews, who doesn’t like some healthy snacks!

  • Ali B August 24, 2011, 7:04 am

    Congrats on being nominated! I casted my vote – good luck!

  • Suzi August 24, 2011, 7:17 am

    That is wonderful for you. I just voted and I hope that you win.

  • lin August 24, 2011, 7:18 am

    vote for u. congrats

  • Allie August 24, 2011, 7:27 am

    Congrats on your most valuable blogger award!!!

  • Jess @ littlegirlbigappetite August 24, 2011, 7:30 am

    Voted! Those freeze dried edamame package look so cute! I wanna try these!

  • wok with ray August 24, 2011, 7:36 am

    You know even without asking, I will be very happy to vote for you. Good things happen to Good People — congratulations my friend!

    ~ ray ~

  • Laura @ Family Spice August 24, 2011, 7:42 am

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  • Val August 24, 2011, 7:52 am

    Congrats on the nomination. You completely derserve it :-)

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family August 24, 2011, 8:28 am

    Congratulations on being a finalist. I cannot wait to here if you are the top dog.

  • Sissi August 24, 2011, 8:51 am

    Congratulations Nami! I am so happy for you! I have just clicked and am waiting and crossing my fingers!
    I thoroughly enjoyed your detailed cruncha mame review and I adore the fact that your were so honest with it. I think I would love to have cruncha mame here. Sometimes I love snacks with a nice cocktail and am always feeling so guilty if I have nuts or even worse (guacamole with nachos is a sinful snack I love…).

  • Sissi August 24, 2011, 8:53 am

    P.S. I think they should buy your photos for their ads :-) They are very tempting!

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen August 24, 2011, 9:34 am

    Delighted you are getting recognition as a national treasure! I’ve voted and I’m crossing my fingers for you. The very best of luck, Nami!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat August 24, 2011, 9:35 am

    Congratulations Nami!!! Just voted for you and i hope you win!

  • Dawnie August 24, 2011, 9:59 am

    Congrats! Or as we say here in Sweden Grattis!!! I just voted for you I hope you win!

  • Claire August 24, 2011, 9:59 am

    Congrats!!! Very exciting!! I just voted for you :)

    Also, yay for Berkeley! I went there for college, go bears!!

  • kat August 24, 2011, 10:38 am

    awesome! congrats!

  • Simply Gourmet Photography August 24, 2011, 10:40 am

    That is wonderful to hear! You know that I am a huge fan and enjoy your blog and friendship a lot. Have a great day! Sherron

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious August 24, 2011, 11:28 am

    Congrats Nami! That key chain is so cute :) I am actually going up to the bay area this weekend but I will be in Napa for most of it. Next time I come up we have to meet up!

  • Reem August 24, 2011, 11:53 am

    Congrats Nami, this is such a awesome news.. Yayyyyy….
    I voted for you my dear and will keep on voting. You deserve it my friend.
    What a healthy and crunchy looking snack… Love it.

  • Lilly August 24, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Nami congrats on being a finalist for this year’s CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger! I will vote for you on every computer I have my hands on and will hope you win. You totally deserve it!

    Great post from your hubby. It’s fun if you have something you both enjoy doing.

  • tigerfish August 24, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Congrats! Hopping over to vote for my foodie neighbor now :)

  • Manu August 24, 2011, 5:15 pm

    Great review as always Shen! :-)

    And congrats on being selected as a finalist! Just voted for you! Good luck Nami! You deserve all the success, I know how hard you work for this blog and with what passion! <3

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 24, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I m so happy for you dear girl..This nomination is well deserved! And I so hope that you win! Congratulations & all the best!

  • Kate @ Kate from Scratch August 24, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Congratulations! Well deserved. I love your recipes and this product looks amazing. Headed over to vote right now.

  • torviewtoronto August 24, 2011, 7:08 pm

    congratulation will vote for you
    these edamame beans look like lovely snacks

  • Katherine Martinelli August 24, 2011, 7:21 pm

    Congrats Nami!!! Voted :-)

  • Ann August 24, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Nami – CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s wonderful! I’ve voted for you….you have a terrific blog and I hope you win! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for you!

    I like edamame and usually keep some in the shells in the freezer to make at home. I understand about freeze dried being mouth dry, but I would definitely try them!

    Congratulations again~

  • Amelia August 24, 2011, 7:38 pm

    Nami, I just voted for you. Congratulation to you and I feel so happy for you.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 24, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Congrats!!! Well deserved! That is so cool!

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) August 24, 2011, 8:08 pm

    Nami…my heartfelt congratulations to you! Well deserved nomination! I just voted!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking August 24, 2011, 9:15 pm

    How didn’t I see this before???…I just voted before writing this comment..CONGRATS!!! So happy to hear that and it is most defiantly well deserved nomination!!!

    What a great snack, and pictures..I love this review!!

  • Lisa H. August 24, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Congratulations Nami… I am so happy for you…
    Will click and vote for you now.. Best of Luck dear :D
    Hugs …

  • anncoo August 25, 2011, 1:47 am

    Huge Congratulations Nami :) You got my VOTE!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 25, 2011, 2:04 am

    Congratulations! That’s is a huge achievement to be a finalist! :D

  • Marina August 25, 2011, 3:03 am

    Wow, great surprise!! Congrats!

  • Liz August 25, 2011, 3:11 am

    Oh, I’m SO excited for you, Nami! You definitely deserve the honor. I hope I’m allowed to vote for you because I will :)

  • Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 25, 2011, 10:36 am

    Nami, what do they mean you’re a finalist? I thought you’re already the WINNER, with all this support you’ve been getting all around! LOL, yes of course I’ll vote for you even though I don’t live anywhere near San Fran. As for the Cruncha Ma Me review, the best part is that squeezy plastic edamame pod…I have one too and it’s a great stress buster! Haha…good one, Shen :-).

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 25, 2011, 11:19 am

    OMG congrats!!!!!! That is such an honor, I am so proud of you (and a little jealous!!) I love the cute plastic pod, what an easy way to relieve stress and still enjoy your snack!

  • mycookinghut August 25, 2011, 11:32 am


  • kankana August 25, 2011, 1:27 pm

    This is such a fantastic news .. I voted for you sweetie and I hope you win. So, when are we celebrating ?? :)
    I never ate cruncha ma me but it’s sounds fun snack bite and looks pretty too!

  • Jamie @ the unseasoned wok August 25, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Hey Nami! Belated congratulations!!! You totally deserve this. You were one of my first bloggie friends and I’ve seen your website grow amazingly in just a few short months. I hope one day we actually get to meet so I can say I know a famous blogger!!

  • Kelly August 25, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Hi Nami – I just voted for you! Congratulations on being selected as a finalist and all the best…. you deserve it.

  • Susan August 25, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Congrats Nami! I can’t think of anyone more deserving! :)

  • Caroline August 25, 2011, 4:31 pm

    OMG congrats Nami, that is such great news!!! Very well deserved. I’ll definitely be voting for you. :)

  • Mika August 25, 2011, 6:40 pm

    So you need to let us know when you guys will be on CBS ; )

  • Hyosun Ro August 25, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Congratulations!!! Very well deserved. I will vote for you.

  • Elies_Lie August 25, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Nami! Congratz to u my dear!!
    Good job & keep it up!
    Of coz I’ll support u ;)
    Tq for the product review – I my health snack list is +1 more ;)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 26, 2011, 1:55 am

    Congratulations Nami, you are deserved for this! and good product review, if i happen to see this in supermarket here, i must buy some and try it.

  • Beth Michelle August 26, 2011, 2:56 am

    Nami! A million congrats or as we say here in Israel Mazel Tov! You deserve it!!!!
    Great product review! I love edemame and have eaten it dried before but never freeze dried!!!

  • Lyn August 26, 2011, 4:04 pm

    Congrats again Nami and Shen! Very well deserved on all your really hard works on Just One Cookbook! :D
    Both my girls and I LOVE edamame the very first time we tried it and my mom too! This is why I always never fail to stock up frozen packs in my freezer the min they’re gone. :D
    I love to snack a lot, SOOO much until I got ‘BANNED’ from my hubby for a period of time bcoz I’d snacks for my dinners! Crazy huh!? LOL
    Hopefully I’m able to find this healthy snack here in SG! :)

    Btw, I like that cute edamame accessory! If I didn’t see wrongly, those peas can be squeezed out from its shell right? LOL

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice August 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

    Hey Nami – just sent in my vote. Hope they do count a vote outside from the US, but I know you have all the support from everyone that is enjoying your blog & all your great recipes. We’re as thrilled as you! Good luck from Penang, Malaysia.

  • Mel@MyMuffinLab August 27, 2011, 6:03 am

    Congratulations Nami! I’ve just voted for you.

  • Arudhi@Aboxofkitchen August 27, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Clicked it! And voted for you, of course :)) Oh, I`m so proud of you. Congratulations! I hope there will be many more people in this world enjoying and learning from your wonderful blog.

  • nipponnin August 28, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Congratulations! おめでとう!素晴らしいですね。ところで息子は同じ様な枝豆の携帯のストラップ持ってますけど、かわいいと思います。これからもがんばってください。こんなに有名になって、私のブログに来てもらえるのかしら? 

    • Nami August 31, 2011, 10:51 am


  • Manju August 28, 2011, 8:25 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination! just voted :)

  • Firefly August 29, 2011, 7:55 am

    Congrats!!! Just voted for you :D

    Great review :) Can’t wait to try them they look so yum yum :D

  • Vicki Bensinger September 17, 2011, 5:31 pm

    Congrats! You just got my vote.

  • Tommy @ SEO Training San Francisco April 6, 2012, 1:38 pm

    San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger! Congratulations! I teach an SEO training class in San Francisco, and highly encourage my students to blog more. It looks like you would be a great person to emulate! Congratulations Nami!