Author : Tee Mayberry

Setbacks and wrong timing may seem negative to the average person but when one experiences setbacks in real life and then bounces back in their divine timing, builds character. We’ve seen a situation pan out such as this before our eyes with our boy Bruno Mars.
Bruno Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii 1985. Bruno comes from a background of Spanish descent. His mother being immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines and father originally immigrated to New York from Hungary who is of Puerto Rican and Jewish all make up the unique individual whom we know as the awesome mega star as Bruno Mars.

Bruno actually acquired his nickname from a professional wrestler named Bruno Sammartino , his father thought he favored him so much. So it stuck with young Bruno. Mars is one of six children, actually came from a very musical family. He was exposed to a diverse mix of music and dance while growing up. At the age of four Mars was performing five days a week with his family’s band “The Love Notes”. Mars was featured on one show as “Little Elvis” and going on to film Honey Moon in Vegas (1992). He credits growing up in musical family and performing weekly in his father’s band which through performing weekly developed him as a vocalist and a performer.

In 2003 Bruno graduated from high school in Hawaii and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles California to pursue a musical career. He stuck with the name his father nicknamed him, decided to add Mars to the end of Bruno since all of his female fans say he’s so out this world. I guess we’ll let you have that Bruno since it has worked well for you thus far.

Bruno never had problems booking performances in Hawaii and never had problems paying rent but when he moved to L.A. reality hit. He started trying to DJ, and couldn’t DJ no more than Miley Cyrus can look like a good girl anymore. He was hired to DJ and lost that job pretty quick after they heard his skills. Shortly after moving to L.A., Bruno, signed to Motown Records in 2004 “a deal that went nowhere”. It did prove to him that he did have a career in the business when he me producer Phillip Lawrence. He saw the talent in mars and signed him to his label. Soon Mars, found himself experiencing the same experience and was dropped from Phillips label. In 2005 he landed a publishing deal with Westside Independent

Since then Bruno has released projects one being DOOWOPS &HOOLIGANS which gained him great recognition and single “Just the way you Are” reached the Billboard top Billboard Top 100. Again in 2012-he released unorthodox Jukebox which has also done well and has reached the Billboard 200.

Taking a wild turn, let’s back up a couple of years to like 2011. Bruno had painted this pretty picture of himself up until he was busted for possession of cocaine. At least he admitted that it was foolish. Mars plead guilty to a drug felony possession and that charges would be erased from his record if he paid a $2000 fine. Good for him but if it were a regular guy on the street, I don’t think he’d get off that easy.

Back to current news we want to dedicate this article to Bruno’s Mother Mrs. Bernadette Hernandez who died suddenly in June. I know this may be old news to some but the loss of a love one can take time to get over… So we just want to let your know “We got madd Love for ya, Bruno!” Keep living your life, making mistakes and loving what you do.

Now on to the celebration of your career and the remembrance of your mother with a recipe that inspired us. Word on the street is that Bruno Mars loves a good ice cream sundae and so do we !! We decided to make banana swirls in a puff pastries served with Vanilla Bean ice cream and yummy caramel sauce! Its an easy recipe that just melts in your mouth and the look is an easy show stopper for entertaining. Enjoy !!



– 1 sheet Puff Pastry , thawed
– 1/4 cup Flour
– 1/3 cup Sugar
– 2 Bananas , peeled and thinly sliced
– 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
– 1/4 cup Caramel Sauce
– Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


1) Preheat oven to 400

2) Lightly flour your work surface and lay out the puff pastry. Sprinkle with half of your sugar and use a rolling pin to gently press in the sugar into the dough

3) Flip the dough over and sprinkle the remainder of your sugar. Using the rolling pin once again , press the sugar into the dough

4) Arrange the bananas on top of the dough and sprinkle with Cinnamon.

5) Using the shortest edge nearest to you, roll the puff pastry like a jelly roll and then slice into 1 inch slices.

6) Place the swirls on a greased baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes. Flip the swirls over and bake for another 4 minutes.

7) Set the swirls aside to cool for about 20 minutes. Top of a drizzle of caramel sauce, decorate to your liking and serve with vanilla ice cream . Directions for hard sugar decorative swirls below…

Hard Sugar Swirls


– 1 cup of granulated sugar
– one well oiled wooden spoon


1) Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow the sugar to melt, stirring occasionally, until it is completely liquid and a nice golden brown color.

2) Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup sugar over melted sugar in the saucepan and slowly stir it in. Allow the sugar to thin out and turn into liquid state. Cook until the sugar turns a dark brown color. Remove saucepan from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. The sugar should have the texture of taffy without breaking.

3 ) Hold your wooden spoon with one hand and then lift a spoonful of melted sugar from the pan and then allow the first big glob to drop back into the pan. Wind the spoon up like a sharpener until you have a nice swirl. Break the remaining access sugar and allow it to set for a couple seconds and slide the swirl off of the spoon handle 🙂

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  • Gary Jackson

    Written on September 23, 2013

    Decidedly retro and caked with cheesy flecks of synthesizer, “Moonshine” finds Mars selling overly simple lines like “Take us to that special place/That place we went the last time, the last time.” Even when Mars, the Smeezingtons, and writing guests Mark Ronson and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt are off their lyrical games, the production is so buttery that the listener can’t help but get another sugar rush.

    • Tee

      Written on October 11, 2013

      I agree Gary, I don’t think he was trying to appeal to the mature listener. I think he was going with the formula feel good music+catchy hook=hit from the majority of his listening demographic.

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