North Texas Giving Day

I love these kids. From the moment I was introduced to Shared Housing I knew I wanted to help. After 20+ years I'm still involved, and this year I have stepped up to be president of this very special organization.

On September 17th The Communities Foundation of Texas will be hosting North Texas Giving Day - the day when your donation can go further than ever to help the Shared Housing kids and families.

Just visit this site on the 17th and make a donation. Every donation large or small will help us get closer to our goal of making our dream of the Green Haus a reality.


Spicing Things Up

We really enjoyed going down to the Dallas Farmers Market this weekend and learning about Plated - a service that delivers the portioned ingredients and recipes to help you prepare meals at home. An interesting concept that might be a great resource especially for singles or empty nesters.

One of the things I really enjoyed was their focus on spices - they even had you take a "spice quiz" to find out which was the perfect spice for you. I was Cumin which makes sense  - one of my favorites.

Spices are a flavor loaded way to enhance a dish without adding a lot of calories - this experience has challenged me to get into the kitchen and be more creative with what I use.


Memory Lane: Ciudad

I was going through some old posts and found this one from 2005.

Ciudad was such a great restaurant - can't wait until Chef Joanne Bondy opens Stocks & Bondy at the Dallas Farmers Market!

 Last night I went to my favorite restaurant that happens to be in Dallas - Ciudad. The food is always incredible and Chef Joanne Bondy was in the kitchen. As we were happily enjoying our appetizer, a very handsome man walked past who looked familiar, and it turned out to be Val Kilmer!

Apparently he has been in New Orleans shooting a new film tentatively titled Deja Vu. Shooting was set to start just before Katrina ravaged the area, but the film and it's crew was one of the first to return and bring some much needed business to the area after the storm.

Great news - Mr. Kilmer was apparently a welcome guest - polite, engaging, you never would have known he was a "star" if it wasn't for that famous face.

One of the reasons that Ciudad is so successful even after 6 years is that everyone is treated like a star, and you never know when you'll see one!