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Kickstart Kalasada Coffee

Kalsada Coffee Kickstarter

I’ve decided to join Kalsada Coffee’s mission to support Filipino coffee farmers and bring the Philippine coffee industry back to its former glory, one farm at a time. Kalsada Coffee is currently in Kickstarter mode and is 80% funded with less than 2 days to go. I invite you to consider backing this Kickstarter. You can find more info at Salamat!

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Online Bake Sale and Auction for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Starts Tonight!

Online bake sale and auction for Philippine Typhoon Haiyan diaster relief

Nutella banana bread. Pumpkin pie granola. Cupcakes in a jar.

These are just a few of the fabulous items that will be up for bid during The Chic Life’s online bake sale and auction to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross and World Food Programme.

Bidding opens at 9PM ET on Thursday, November 21 and will run for 24 hours, CLOSING at 9pm ET on Friday, November 22.

I’m happy to be a part of this fundraiser, and I look forward to making Gluten-Free Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats for my winning bidder.

For a full list of bake sale and auction items, please visit:

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Online Bake Sale and Auction for Philippine Disaster Relief

Diana Stewart of The Chic Life is hosting an online bake sale and auction on Thursday, November 21 to raise money for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. Diana held a similar bake sale four years ago for Haiti and raised nearly $3,000.

The situation in the Philippines is truly desperate. As I read in a CNN report, “Typhoon Haiyan has killed too many people to count so far and pushed to the brink of survival thousands more who have lost everything, have no food or medical care and are drinking filthy water to stay alive.” The United Nations estimates that 800,000 people have been displaced by the storm.

The Philippines chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, opened the UN climate talks with an impassioned plea for urgent action, and announced a hunger strike in solidarity for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

In the wake of immense death and destruction, every dollar donated to help the people in the Philippines will make a difference, and together we can give more than on an individual basis. All money raised from the bake sale and auction will be donated to the American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal Fund or the World Food Programme.

I will be making gluten-free Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats for the bake sale. Diana is also accepting gift certificates, handmade goods, accessories, etc. for the auction.

If you are interested in participating or helping to spread the word, please read this blog post and sign up here.

Maraming salamat. Thank you very much.

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Help Provide Food, Water, and Other Aid to People in Philippines Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

My parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines nearly 50 years ago, but they still have many friends and relatives in their home country. I myself briefly studied abroad in the Philippines.

Our personal ties to the Philippines make it doubly hard to process the absolute devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has caused.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with official news accounts of the death and destruction, as well as personal stories from friends’ loved ones who have been affected. One woman recounted how she waited 5 hours in line for water. And I keep thinking about an interview with a Philippine disaster relief worker who said they ran out of body bags because there were so many dead.

I read that the city of Tacloban, which is in one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon, is near the Red Beach on Leyte Island where U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in 1944 during World War II and fulfilled his famous pledge: “I shall return.”

As many as 10,000 are believed to be dead in that city.

UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children are living in areas impacted by the typhoon.

The best way to immediately help any disaster relief is by making a monetary donation. Below is a list of nonprofits that you can give money through to provide emergency shelter, food, and other aid.

In addition, I would encourage you to spend your money at Filipino-owned businesses and restaurants. It’s likely that they will be sending money back to the Philippines as well.

The Philippines needs your prayers, and they need your action too.

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The Beans of Beacon Hill

Along a busy city street and right next to a bus stop sat two decorated buckets. Encased in the buckets were bean plants, and the vines from the plants curled around twine tethered to a nearby utility pole.  It was definitely something I did not expect to see at a gritty intersection, but there they were.

Scarlet runner bean plants in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood

I live in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, and I noticed the bean plants during a morning walk to the grocery store. At first I thought the plants belonged to one of the small businesses lining 15th Avenue, and then I saw this helpful sign.

Beacon, A Hill of Beans Sign

I visited and discovered a quirky project from the Seattle Beacon Hill Garden Club, RockiT Arts, 4 Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Beacon Hill merchants will host pots of scarlet runner beans outside their businesses, and the pods can be picked by anyone passing by. The more picking, the better, because it will encourage the plant to produce more beans. The goal is to get people interested in beans and commit to growing at least one vegetable for their table this year.

I eat a lot of beans, either dried or canned, but I had never seen a bean plant before that chance encounter on Beacon Avenue. It reminded me again of how people living in cities can be so disconnected from the food that we eat. I’m determined to educate myself and even produce some of my own food.

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Drink wine, help provide 1 million meals for hungry kids

If you like wine, photography or simply getting together with cool people for a good cause, come to the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 – 7:30pm for a wine tasting and mobile photography show to benefit hunger-relief organization Food Lifeline.

For just $10, enjoy appetizers and a selection of wines hosted by Sozo Friends and peruse the gallery of photos presented by mobile arts collective, Juxt. More than 30 international artists have donated their photographs for sale. Here’s one of the stunning photos that you will be able to purchase Thursday night.

f you like wine, photography or simply getting together with cool people for a good cause, come to the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] Thursday, July 19 from 5:30 - 7:30pm for a wine tasting and mobile photography show to benefit hunger-relief organization Food Lifeline.  For just $10, enjoy appetizers and a selection of wines hosted by Sozo Friends and peruse the gallery of photos presented by mobile arts collective, Juxt. More than 30 international artists have donated their photographs for sale.

Juxt photo by Leisa D. from Australia

Five pairs of Mariners tickets will also be up for grabs in a raffle.

All proceeds will support Food Lifeline’s work to end summertime hunger for children. For every dollar donated, Food Lifeline can provide the equivalent of a full day of nutritious meals for a hungry child.

The event will be held at the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] at 406 Occidental Avenue in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

If you can’t attend the event, but still want to help,  please consider giving to Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy 2012 Campaign. When you donate, please select Olson Kundig from the list of participating Design & Construction firms.

How do kids feel when they don’t have enough food? Hit play to find out.

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60 Seattle bloggers turn passion into compassion

Will Bake for Food
Yesterday I ran into Lisa of Gluten Free Foodies, and she reminded me that this Saturday is the big “Will Bake for Food” event. Lisa, along with 60 other Seattle food bloggers, is creating sweet treats for a giant bake sale benefitting hunger relief organization Northwest Harvest.

For each can of food that you bring, you will receive tickets to spend on baked goods, locally roasted coffee and Skagit Valley apple cider. Check out this list to see which items Northwest Harvest needs most. Extra tickets will be given for donations of diapers, baby formula and gluten-free foods. (Psst! Lisa told me gluten-free pasta is on sale at Trader Joe’s.)

The event will also feature a special raffle with awesome prizes, and blogger, chef and all around nice guy, Eric Rivera, is hiding a golden ticket inside one of his chocolate bars that will be good for a dinner for two cooked by Eric himself.

“Will Bake for Food” will take place Saturday, November 20 at University Congregational Church, Ostrander Hall, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (or whenever they run out of treats!)

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Volunteer at Marra Farm and get free M’s tix

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, United Way of King County is hosting a volunteer project April 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Marra Farm. The farm grows organic produce for local food banks. All volunteers will get free tickets to that night’s Mariners game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Spots are limited so sign up today!

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Jones-ing for United Way


As many Americans did this weekend, I celebrated our nation’s birthday by doing what else–grilling with friends and family. At one barbecue I attended, I was surprised and delighted to find United Way-branded Jones Soda in the cooler. The bottles feature Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and are helping to raise awareness about United Way’s Climb for the Community. (I work for United Way and my team produced the labels for the soda.)

Buy a 24-pack of the limited-edition Jones Soda at Costco and other fine retailers, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way of King County. You get three flavors: orange and cream, green apple and cream soda. It’s a tasty way to do something good for the community.

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Fight hunger with fashion June 18

From NWSource:

The Community Project is hosting Fashion Kills Hunger, a fashion show to support Northwest Harvest at The Chapel on June 18, 2009 featuring looks from The Industry, Horseshoe, Lizzie Parker and Original Penguin.

The Community Project sponsors events that bring people together as a community in order to fundraise for those in need in the Seattle area.

Tickets are $25 and includes a swag bag, champagne and cupcakes from Wink.

Cocktail hour begins at 8 p.m., with fashion show following at 9 p.m. Guests are asked to wear black to symbolize their commitment to ending hunger.

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