Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Just finished a great book and looking for another? Need a little inspiration this fall? Read about the quest Dr. Paul Farmer had to cure the world from disease. Travel beside him as he puts himself on a 24 hour 7 days a week journey that lasts a lifetime to help others. Mountains Beyond Mountains is the book that will have you wondering why you didn't get into medicine to put yourself on Farmer's quest.



Craving some free range Texas venison, antelope or wild boar? Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, this family owned and operated since 1983 offers some of the best, high quality game meats in the country to restaurants all over the U.S. and can be delivered right to your grill. Harvested and processed right at the ranch, this local ranch ships only in the U.S. Check out how to start serving Texas antelope hamburger patties, axis venison loin, and many other great cuts of meat at
They offer great combination packages and have recipes online too!



( Pandora is an online site that acts like a radio station, however you are able to input an artist or song, then Pandora takes that artist/song and compiles your own radio station from it. You are able to do all sorts of different things on the site like check out other peoples 'stations' and bookmark songs and such. It is a really good way to hear new music. Pandora is definitely worth the title of 'good enough'.
-submitted by Padgett Hoke

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Do you live in New York City or frequently visit? Interested in trying a traditional Japanese meal other than sushi? Head to Shabu-Tatsu! (216 East 10Th Street between 1st and 2nd) Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki are two traditional meals that I highly recommend trying! Especially great for a group of friends. Decide if you want paper thin slices of beef, chicken or shrimp and your food comes to you uncooked, for you to cook with your friends at your table. Shabu-shabu is cooking the meat and vegetables in boiling water and then eating your meal with different sauces they have for you. Sukiyaki (my personal favorite, with the paper thin slices of beef) is cooked on a hot pot with a teriyaki flavored liquid.
Shabu-tatsu is small, so call ahead and make reservations. 212.477.2972

Monday, October 29, 2007


Farro, now popping up in natural food stores, high-end restaurants and in your pantry is a grain high in protein and low in gluten, imported from northern Italy. Rich in fiber, magnesium and vitamins A,B,C, and E, FARRO been found in many "healthy recipes." You can find FARRO in the pasta section at Whole Foods. Its delicious, try it!


TO ENSURE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE MAASAI PEOPLE'S WAY OF LIFE During my time in Tanzania I had the opportunity to get to know an amazing young man named Kesuma Ole Kasi Kasi, who happens to be a Maasai warrior. Kesuma started an organization called Kitumusote with the help from a couple in Los Angeles and a great friend I met while volunteering, Golnaz Mindell. Kitumusote is a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) that benefits the Maasai people of Tanzania, to provide education combined with research, initiatives and activities to relieve ignorance and poverty of the Maasai to implement locally sustainable community based projects.
The Maasai are an indigenous semi-nomadic tribe in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Known for their beautiful robes and beaded jewelry.
One way to help support Kitumusote is to go on a Maasai cultural safari, which we were fortunate enough to do. This entailed of going to the village where Kesuma grew up and spend two full days with the Maasai tribe, immersing ourselves in their daily life and customs. We went on a traditional medicinal hike, experienced the sacrificing of a goat, listened to oral histories told by an elder, watched and participated in warrior dances, visited families in their bomas (dung huts) and learned the art of bead work, which the Maasai are known for. An over night trip, where you have the opportunity to sleep in a boma, which was extremely interesting, gives you the perfect impression of Maasai life.
There are many ways to get involved with Kitumusote, even if you are half a world away from Tanzania. On their website there is a list of ways you can help, (donate a certain amount of money and you could help plant trees, build a permanent water supply, or sponsor a women's literacy class. Learn more about Kitumusote and read about volunteering your time with the Maasai community!

Sunday, October 28, 2007


In New York this past week, when the two days of rain cleared, it finally became the chilly, brisk weather we’ve been anticipating all fall. This called for the added enjoyment of fall comfort food. Experimenting, a neighbor and I raided what was left in my fridge from last week’s grocery run. What we found (suitable) was: Three tomatoes, bacon, cream cheese, squash, Parmesan cheese, and basil. In the cupboard was the last of a loaf of sourdough bread and some garlic. We had both been craving a greasy slice of New York pizza all day long, which would have been made all the better by the Pinot Noir we were indulging in (A to Z Pinot Noir, delish!). Instead, we decided to use our energy and save a few bucks (and calories) by creating something out of what we had. What we created, we’ll call fettunta pancetta.
Halve squash lengthwise, and remove seeds and fiber. Place in oven and heat to 350 degrees for 30 minutes before preparing the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle olive oil on a few thin slices of bakery fresh sourdough bread and throw in the oven along with the squash. Chop tomatoes, garlic, and basil, and allow to heat in a pan for ten minutes with the heat medium to low. When squash is tender, remove from oven, dice and combine with tomatoes, garlic and basil (as well as some oregano or other herbs you enjoy) in a small Cuisinart (or blender, whatever is handy works!). Scoop a couple spoonfuls of cream cheese in as well. Blend on low for a few seconds so combination becomes smooth enough to be spread. Before pulling the sourdough from the oven, place a few slices of bacon in the microwave and heat til crisp. Pull the sourdough (now toasted) from the oven, spread tomato/squash paste onto bread, sprinkle chopped bacon on top, and grate a generous amount of Parmesan on top mimicking a pizza slice. Allow to cool before biting in and melting your taste buds on your comfy creation! It makes that chilly fall wind much more tolerable if not enjoyable!

submitted by Erin Kinsella

Saturday, October 27, 2007


"Make a difference. Help light the world."
Recently, Mark Brent (CEO and President) designed a solar powered flashlight. When he was working in Eritrea, he discovered that there are 2 billion people around the world without affordable access to light. So he invented this cool flashlight. For every flashlight someone purchases on the Internet, he will donate one to a nonprofit. (Tanzanian Childrens Fund is one of the charitable donations you can choose from their list). BoGo means— Buy One, Give One. I have several of these flashlights and they really work!! I am going to give them out to lot’s of people on my Christmas list!!!
BoGo is a Houston, Texas based firm.
-submitted by Nano Chatfield

Friday, October 26, 2007


I would absolutely love if people have things GOOD ENOUGH to contribute! The best way I think to share all this good information is if you leave a comment on THIS POST. Type up what you want to share as GOOD ENOUGH...(create your own) and I will copy and paste it as a regular posting and will take it off the comment site.
You can also navigate it by the right hand side of the site and clicking on GOOD ENOUGH...TO CONTRIBUTE and it will take you right to that post.
Share the good words!!



Need a new pair of comfortable shoes? How about buying a pair that once you buy one you are automatically donating another pair to someone in need in a developing country?

TOMS shoes is doing just that! Modeled after an Argentinian shoe, founder Blake Mycoskie decided to start a shoe company to help others. When they reach their goal of donated shoes, they go on a shoe drop, delivering around 50,000 shoes in a certain country. Check it out on Youtube here: The shoes come in all different colors and fabric styles. Learn more about TOMS shoes at their website:

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I spent last fall volunteering and traveling throughout Tanzania, in East Africa. I was informed of a "Children's Village" that was in a remote village just south of the Ngorongoro Crater from a neighbor of mine who happens to be the Chairman of the Board. The Children's Village is in fact an orphanage started by an American, India Howell.
We arrived at the Rift Valley Children's Village not knowing what to expect, and when we arrived, we both saw life, love, happiness, care, and community. The Children's Village was a dream turned reality, to aid the orphaned children of Tanzania.
When a child comes to the Children's Village they move into one of the six new houses. Each house houses twelve children, who then become your new family, with two live in housemothers. This is your new family for the rest of your life. The children are all best friends and it feels like one giant sleepover. The houses also have a room for two volunteers.
Not everyone has the time to travel over to Tanzania to volunteer at the Children's Village, to see the smiles on the children's faces and experience making breakfast for twelve adorable little kids, but there are many other options for you to be a part of this family.
Check out their website, look at the photos of the children, read how you can help and hopefully plan your next vacation time to go over and see for yourself how inspiring this village is.
Especially great for gifts, you can sponsor a child or make a donation in someones name!
Since my time at the Children's Village, which was one year ago, I have constantly thought about these children. I am always thinking of ways to get back there and while it isn't always possible, I make sure I give to them as much as I can. Clean out your closet and donate clothes, spread the word, anything you do makes a difference in their lives! Asante sana (thank you very much)


Love fish? Love sushi? Love it cooked or RAW? Definitely try and get your hands on Kona Kampachi, a sushi grade Hawaiian yellow tale, raised sustainably off the coast of Hawaii. Known as one of the healthiest fish on the market, Kona Kampachi is extremely rich in Omega 3 fish oils (what salmon is known for) and has no detectable levels of mercury or PCBs because it is nurtured from hatch to harvest in some of the cleanest water on Earth.
Check out their website to find where you can purchase Kona Kampachi either in the grocery store or a restaurant in your city!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


This past summer I found the book "Three Cups of Tea" at the local bookstore in Maine, The Owl and Turtle. Curious about the title, I bought it and found myself glued to the book minutes following my purchase. Greg Mortenson quickly becomes your inspiration and a great reminder that one person does make a difference and can change the world. After failing his attempt of climbing K2 in 1993, Mortenson places himself in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan to this day, building schools in Taliban territory, while making trips back home to Montana to be with his family.

Putting the book down and finishing it is quite difficult. You feel like you are right next to Mortenson throughout his journey and once you finish the book you are questioning what to do next. Spread the word, donate money and help make a difference in your town!

Purchase the book from the website which will then transfer you to Amazon and 7% of the proceeds will go to the Central Asia Institute (CAI), the non-profit Greg Mortenson is co-founder of! CAI promotes and provides community based education, especially for girls, in the northern regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.