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Mar, 2011

Shoes to Japan - You have until April 10!!

Hey Everyone! A quick note for another EASY and inexpensive way to help out relief efforts in Japan.


ALL 55 Sports Chalet stores in CA, UT, AZ and NV are taking gently used shoes to donate to earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan through the organization Soles4Souls


NO EXCUSES folks! Even if you are low on cash or out of work, this is a simple way to help others in dire need. We all have ONE pair of shoes we could live without a pair that your kid has grown out of and they will take men’s, women’s and children’s. 


From now through April 10, just bring your shoes in to ANY Sports Chalet store and ta-da! You helped.


Here’s a link to help you find a Sports Chalet near you!

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17
Mar, 2011

Donate $5 to Relief Effort in Japan and LivingSocial Will Match It!

Just quickly before I head out the door for a run… I know not a lot of us have a ton of money to donate to causes. And if you donated to every cause you cared about, you’d be broke, but here is a low-budget, easy, and legitimate way to donate to relief efforts in Japan and then have your small donation doubled!


Give $5 to the Red Cross relief fund for Japan and the good folks at LivingSocial.com will match your $5 donation 100%. Feel like you can’t give $10? Well, YES YOU CAN! Woot!


Please take the time to do something so small for something so hugely catastrophic. It’s a latte or a value meal. If we all do a little, it will end up being a lot. Let’s help our global neighbors by doing what we can!


Here is the link and please share it with friends. As of right now, 3/17/11 6pm PST, there are 16 hours left to take advantage of this easy way to give:

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15
Mar, 2011

Fresh & Easy's New California Wines!
Marsha (@Sweatpantsmom) and I get to tasting!

Fresh and Easy is my FAVORITE grocery store and now there is yet another reason to sing their praises – NEW WINE!!


F & E has added 27 new varieties of proprietary brand wines from our very own delicious California grapes and some of us lucky local bloggers, foodies and Tweeters were invited to a tasting party at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City.


The Smog Shoppe was the perfect and coolest venue for this event. An actual former automobile smog-check garage, it was converted into an eco-friendly, indoor/outdoor event center. I’m telling you – it is one of the best kept secrets in Culver City! You can get married there, screen your newest cinematic masterpiece or have a party and eat and drink like pigs. I’ll give you one guess which one we did.


We were treated to a tasting of four of the new Cali wines:
Open Field Pinot Gris
Cloud Valley Chardonnay
Open Field Pinot Noir
Barrel Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon


I think the general consensus of the night was that pinot noir was the favorite. While many people I talked to really liked the pino gris, I have to admit that the white wines weren’t too awesome tasting to me, but I was like, “rock on with the reds, dude” (I’m trying to give a California-ny description). 


All 27 of the new wines are offered at affordable prices with the most expensive bottles being $19.99 and the bargain bottle being only $3.99! Quality drinking at recession prices. I like.

Bernadette (@Bernadette923) and I enjoying some great F & E appetizers

We also enjoyed a full belly of Fresh and Easy fare ranging from cheeses and fruit, to ceviche, to stuffed artichoke hearts to lobster ravioli to cookies and chocolate cupcakes. There was even more and I’m getting hungry just remembering everything we consumed that night.


Get to your local Fresh and Easy store and dig in! There is so much to enjoy there and now you have 27 more reasons to go.  :0)

Ceviche and skewers = Party!

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