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Peter and I are so blessed. We work hard, play hard, eat very well and spoil our dogs just a bit too much. So throughout the year, we make an effort to give back by either donating our time, money or by using social media to spread the word of our favorite charities.

If you’re looking for a non-profit to support, check out some of the links below. Whether it’s a few dollars via text, a “like” on FaceBook, or a “retweet” on Twitter… it’s much easier to reach out and lend a hand these days.

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. (read moreFaceBook  Twitter

L.A. Food Bank
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to fight hunger in our community.

Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;
Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;
Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger. (read moreLos Angeles Area Agencies Serving Daily Meals  FaceBook  Twitter

Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry)
Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. They are doing this by improving the access that families all across the country have to healthy, affordable food and by working at the state and city level. This “No Kid Hungry” strategy has four key components that, together, provide children with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.

Taste of the Nation (Share our Strength) is one of my favorite fundraisers in L.A. Follow them for info on upcoming events> @TOTNLA on Twitter

Easy Text Donation: Wireless phone users can donate $10 to Share Our Strength by simply texting the word “SHARE” to 20222 on their mobile device. Donations from the text program will help provide food for the nearly 17 million children at risk of hunger in America and will help address the recent increase in demand for food aid across the nation. (read moreFaceBook  Twitter

Kiva is a a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

This past year, Peter and I helped give micro-loans to folks in Vietnam (for a food stall), Peru (catering business), Mongolia (small grocery store), Kenya (food market) and Lebanon (bakery). Note: Loans from last year were repaid in full, which allowed us to make loans to others in need.

100% of every dollar lent on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. (read more  FaceBook  Twitter

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires—the primary means of cooking and heating for nearly three billion people in the developing world—causes 1.9 million premature deaths annually, with women and young children the most affected. Cookstove smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. The World Health Organization estimates harmful cookstove smoke to be one of the top five threats to public health in poor, developing countries.

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a new public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. (read more)  FaceBook  Twitter

Alexandria House 
Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a non-profit transitional residence and house of hospitality providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area, Alexandria House also serves its broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities for residents and neighbors alike. FaceBook

Pet Orphans
As the oldest and largest private humane organization in Southern California with its own shelter, Pet Orphans has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding homes for these rescued animals for almost forty years. Pet Orphans of Southern California is dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare. They are committed to decreasing the number of animals euthanized annually in city and county shelters by focusing our efforts on rescue, adoption, medical, education, and training.

Each of our dogs (Maxwell, Martini & Harrison) were adopted from Pet Orphans. We wouldn’t be a family without them! FaceBook  Twitter

School on Wheels is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities for homeless children k-12th grade.

Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from getting the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels’ programs is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal – to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life. Twitter  FaceBook

ABC 7 (Spark of Love Toy Drive)
For 19 years, ABC7 and firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, along with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, have joined forces to run the Spark of Love Toy Drive. This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for the underserved children in our communities. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. Last year alone, Spark of Love collected over 500,000 toys within all five counties. “Like” ABC7 and $1 will go to the Spark-of-Love toy drive!  FaceBook  Twitter

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Magnum Dinners

Next week (April 17-19) my friends David Haskell and Joseph Mahon are popping up at Royal T Cafe in Culver City. The dynamic “Magnum” duo will offer five, seven and ten course pairings with restaurateur /sommelier Haskell “pimping” each of Mahon’s exquisite dishes personally.

Magnum @ Pal CabronI’ve been to both of the previous Magnum dinners and had so much fun eating some of my best bites ever! Haskell’s wine pairings are exciting and SO unpretentious (he even likes pairing junk food)! And since each pop-up is in a casual space, it makes for a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about wine.

This next Magnum pop-up will include a fundraiser for Japan. David and Joseph will be donating a portion of dinner proceeds to the Japan Sake Brewers Association in hopes of helping the sake industry, which was devastated by the recent quake and tsunami. PLUS they are donating 100% of proceeds from a silent auction that will feature vintage wines, cooking classes and a private dinner by Chef Mahon.

Haskell asked if I would participate in the silent auction by donating a lunch (with me) at Jitlada, my favorite Thai restaurant. In case you missed the L.A. Times piece, I’ve been eating through the entire menu (over 300 items) and will soon be up to dish 200. Whoever bids highest on the auction will join me for a 10-course lunch (200-210) of Southern Thailand delights. I still have distant relatives in Japan, so I’m honored to help in any way I can.

Note: You can bid on the auction by email or phone (info below) and do NOT need to be at the Magnum dinners. Final bids by 4/19 at 11:30 p.m.

Magnum at BiergartenThe Feast LA writes (about the upcoming dinner):

…a multi-course menu that includes dishes like braised baby octopus with leek risotto, pine nuts and pancetta vinaigrette; and miso-cured hangar steak with creamed spinach, shitake mushroom tempura, sesame seeds and ponzu sauce. On April 19 – Haskell’s birthday – Magnum’s offering an eight-course uni menu with separate wine pairings. This menu requires advance notice.

PREVIEW: Sunflower seed crusted crispy tofu is just one dish that will be at Royal/T

Hope you can join us next week at RoyalT!
For reservations call 323-798-4648
or email magnumdh@gmail.com
(they always sell out!)

Photos below from the last Magnum dinner @ Pal Cabron (2/15/11)

Pozole, Magnum @Pal Cabron
Pozole Pork Soup: Romain, Mint, Radish Lime. Paired with 2008 Favati: Fiano di Avellino, Italy: Fiano

Roasted Beet Salad, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Roasted Beet Salad: Crispy Veal Tongue, Wild Arugula, Pumpkin Seeds, Creamy Feta Dressing. Paired with 2009 Luigi Giusti “Le Rose de Settembre: Marche, Italy: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Scallop, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Scallop: Crushed Avocado, Chickpeas, Spicy Tomato Mussel Broth, Cilantro. Paired with NV Drusian: Valdobbiadene, Italy: Prosecco.

Poached Shrimp, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Chilled Poached Shrimp: Cabbage, Grated horseradish, Ketchup, Oranges, Peanuts. Paired with 2009 Valle Isarco “Suditrol-Eisacktaler”: Alto Adige, Italy: Pinot Grigio

Foie Gras Cemita, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Foie Gras Ceminta “por My Last Bite: Jo Stougaard” by chef Joseph Mahon (so honored to have this created for me!). Paired with Oaxacan Mezcal.

Poached Egg w Pig Ears, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Poached Egg: Fried Pig Ears, Black Beans, Scallion Creme. Paired with Francesco Rinaldi: Grignolino d’Asti, Italy, Grignolino

Squid w Chorizo, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Squid: Chorizo, Cucumber, Jicama, Sesame Seeds. Paired with 2005 Tenuta Badia di Morrona “Vinsanto”: Terricciola, Italy: Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, Columbana

Flank Steak, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Flank Steak: Cactus salad, Chilies, Grilled Corn Sauce. Paired with Valle Dell’Acate “Il Moro”: Sicily, Italy: Nero d’Avola

Pineapple Flan, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Pineapple Flan with Vanilla Caramel Sauce. Paired with Hakutsuru Brewing Company Sayuri”: Nigori Sake

Magnum @ Pal Cabron dinner shared with: Peter, Brent, Camron, Jennee, Cody, Lindsay, Julian 2/15/11

Again, the next Magnum pop-up is April 17-19 2011

Royal-T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

For reservations please call 323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

Magnum @ Pal CabronMagnum website

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Jitlada Thai Restaurant

Eating the Menu at Jitlada

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Haiti Fundraiser at TiGeorges’ Chicken

I don’t remember who said it first, but I truly believe that charity is a selfish act. At least for me, there’s no better feeling then reaching out and lending a helping hand. It took me a long time to admit, that although giving through donations or volunteering does a lot of good for those in need, I mostly do it because it’s an absolutely fantastic high.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserAfter the recent, horrific earthquake in Haiti, I’m guessing many folks around the world are feeling the post donation glow right now. Modern technology made it so easy to donate this time around. Just by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999, we could donate $10 to the Red Cross in just seconds. And the outcome has been amazing! According to CNN: “Donations via text message raised $7 million for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts as of 11 p.m. Thursday.”

Last night I was in Echo Park attending a fundraiser for Haitian quake victims. I’d never been to (or even heard of) TiGeorges’ Chicken Restaurant before, but when I learned about the event via Twitter, I immediately cancelled dinner reservations elsewhere. After looking over the menu online, I was really looking forward to not just attending the fundraiser, but also eating one of the “Island Combos: The Haitian Experience.”

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserSince the TiGeorges event was to begin at 5pm, Peter left the office early and we drove together with our friend and neighbor, Nelson. Fellow foodies (and good friends) Charles & Robert planned to meet us at the restaurant. When we arrived onto Glendale Blvd, it was quite the local news event! News vans took up all the parking on the street (which was a good thing!), but it took us another 15 minutes to find a parking spot a few blocks away.

Making our way into the crowded restaurant, the first thing we saw were cameras and microphones everywhere. A few people were passing trays of brownies and other treats, thanking us for coming and supporting their efforts, while owner (and restaurant namesake) TiGeorges LaGuerre was busy juggling interviews.

Straight ahead was a long line to the counter where we could order food, but we soon realized that actually eating at TiGeorges right then wasn’t the best idea. Standing room only with back-to-back news crews was not the Haitian dining experience I was hoping for.

After a quick group chat, we decided to leave cash donations and come back another time for a full meal. But unlike Nelson, Robert and Charles… Peter and I forgot to bring cash (I figured we would add a donation onto our dinner tab). Thankfully, the nice folks behind the counter agreed to charge us for a small coffee, and my sweet husband left the largest tip I’ve ever seen for a cup of joe!

Walking out front, we all felt good, and there was such a moving electricity in the air. So many of the people in the restaurant were Haitians there to support each other, but many were like us… just regular folks stopping by to drop off a few extra bucks. We felt good and had that “do gooder” high I was writing about earlier.

Doing good to FEEL GOOD is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Because in the end, it’s the actual DOING SOMETHING that counts right?

Photos from last night (where over $14,000 was raised!):

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Amazing to see all our local news crews covering the event!

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos (clockwise from top left): NBC news, sign for Wyclef Jean’s YELE, TiGeorges LaGuerre, More news cameras.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Photos: Waiting in line to donate, the money jar on counter, Peter and I taking it all in…

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
The first fundraiser for Haitian quake victims at TiGeorges in Echo Park.

TiGeorges Haiti Quake Fundraiser
Exterior of TiGeorges’ Chicken

Note: A second TiGeorges fundraiser is planned for TOMORROW, January 16th from 2-7pm

TiGeorges’ Chicken Website
309 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 944-1515

TiGeorges Haiti Quake FundraiserDonations via Text:

Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)

Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)

United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)

Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)

The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747. This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only.

More details via CNN

CBS Evening News video of TiGeorges’ Event

Red Cross Newsroom

Wyclef Jean’s Yéle

Text donations raise $7M for Red Cross Haiti effort

More about last night’s fundraiser on L.A. Weekly

Echo Park Haitian restaurant raises $14,000 for quake relief

Fox Video of last night’s event

NY Times list of restaurants helping Haiti

“Even before the earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, children in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere ate cookies made of dirt.” via Atlantic Food

Our good friends that joined us last night:

Nelson Coates – website

Charles Thompsons – blog


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