Anthea Ponsetti is the purveyor of Om Nom Nom Cookies. We sat down at our respective computers (she actually replied via iPhone, so maybe she was standing at the time) and typed out the following witty banter -
EIM: Hi Anthea. You're the first Anthea whom I've ever met*. You probably get that a lot. Please, tell us a little bit about yourself.
*we haven't actually met (or have we?...let's not forget about other parallel universes...
AP: I actually get that a lot. I'm tall, my father is Cuban my mother is English, I like wearing black, I cook in high heels, I love baking and listening to music.
EIM: "Om Nom Nom Cookies." Is that like one of them onomatopoeias or something?
AP: Yes, it's an onomatopoeia. It's the happy sound you make while scarfing Om Nom Nom Cookies.
EIM: What makes you guys so special? I mean, I can go to Publix and buy like all kinds of delicious cookies: Oreos, Doube Stuf Oreos, Mini Oreos, Oreos shaped like footballs. And I guess there are other cookies, too.
AP: Our cookies are artisanal and have a homemade look and feel. Plus our branding is stellar. Cool comes to mind. Om Nom Nom Cookies are not your every day run-of-the-mill cookie. We've managed to keep the Keebler Elves at bay.
EIM: What prompted you to get into the cookie biz? Sweet tooth? Life-long obsession with Sesame Street? Disaffected lawyer?
AP: Massive sweet teeth. I love the fact that dessert is purposefully eaten at the end of a meal. It's a great way to wrap everything because it's such an endorphin rush, a wonderful final note of the evening. Sharing sweets with others is a great feeling, too: our clients are happy to see us, customers give us fun feedback, etc. It's hardly a thankless business.
EIM: How do we get our hands on your delicious cookies? Assuming they are delicious, that is.
AP: Delicious they are but hey, you gotta try them to become a believer. With that said, you can find our cookies are places like Panther Coffee, The Corner, O Cinema, The Newsstand at Books & Books, Lemoni Cafe, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Urban Brew Cafe in Ft. Lauderdale, Granny Feelgood's, and Green Gables Cafe to name a few. You can find a complete list on http://omnomnomcookies.com/
EIM: Are all vegans registered Democrats? If so, why?
AP: Monsanto lobbies in strong favor of Republican Party legislation. They also give Republican candidates more money. All things considered, I'd say there's a good chance.
EIM: In Roald Dahl's The BFG, the main character, a giant, has ears so enormous that he can hear the screams of plants when they are yanked from the ground. If that's true, then shouldn't we really not be eating anything at all? I mean, wouldn't that be even cooler than veganism?
AP: I see you are well read. This isn't a far cry from a conversation I once had with someone regarding a stalk of broccoli's "consciousness." Let's suspend disbelief for a moment and assume that vegetables had a nervous system which controlled lungs, a requisite condition for screaming. How could they breath underground? If we could live off good vibes alone, I'm pretty sure some people could, in fact, live forever. I take it you're up for the challenge. Let me know how that goes.
EIM: Do you know Lolo? She's cool. I bet she'd like your cookies.
AP: I do and she does. Meatless Miami (the blog she runs) gave us a shout on their Twitter just recently. Maybe they'll even get around to giving us a proper review!