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Reminder: How You Can Really Help After a Disaster: Get Yourself Prepared

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As a recent transplant to LA, Alissa (http://www.gelatobaby.com) is aware that her adopted California Lifestyle comes with a Caveat… One has to live with Earthquakes. The lessons we learn from other disasters are very simple: Last year Alissa wrote this very smart story for GOOD.IS about getting ready for the inevitable. In view of the recent East Coast Disaster, we thought it would be appropriate to publish the story as a reminder for us Californians to Get Prepared!


Making sure your family is ready is one of the best things you can do to for your city. If every citizen has the basic resources to sustain themselves for a few days after a disaster, relief workers won’t get overwhelmed by providing food and water to the unhurt but unprepared. Plus with basic medical supplies in each home, agencies like the Red Cross can focus on helping the people who really need their services. So why not take this weekend to do something good for your city, and get prepared? We found some great resources for making this process as simple, easy, and fun (yes, fun!) as possible.

First, start thinking about earthquakes as a timeline, using the Seven Steps for Earthquake Safety that can give you a simple, seven-step path from preparedness to recovery. Two steps to note: Making a disaster plan including two places to meet (the second being a backup in case the first isn’t safe), and assembling an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medical supplies. And remember you’ll need three of these: For home, work, and car.

Next, do some redecorating before an earthquake does it for you. This game called Beat the Quake walks you through the furnishings in your house item by item and gives you tips on how to best secure them. (I’ll be making a trip to Home Depot to stock up on furniture straps, velcro, and putty.)

Now, think about where you’ll be when an earthquake strikes. Notice in the videos of earthquakes how most people run outside? Not a good idea. Neither is standing in doorways. Drop, Cover, and Hold On uses easy-to-read graphics to show you exactly what to do, no matter where you are. If an earthquake strikes when you’re in bed, do you know what to do? Now you do.

Finally, hold a dress rehearsal. The Great California Shake Out is a state-wide drill that happens annually each October. There’s information there on how to participate. But there’s no reason why you can’t conduct your own this weekend.


Written by M:)

February 1, 2012 at 6:00 am

LA Foodbitch: MO-CHICA – mindblowingly good!

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Mo-Chica is a fantastic Peruvian restaurant owned by chef Ricardo Zacate, a Lima native who sept most of his adult life cooking in high-end Japanese restaurants all over the world. The simply styled restaurant is part of the Mercado La Paloma complex south of downtown, and they have the best ceviche: cubes of sushi-quality fish in a thick acidic emulsion sharp with chile, soft and tart and spicy all at once, served with slivered red onion, giant-kerneled corn and a soft chunk of sweet potato. This is the best high-quality Peruvian seafood since Nobu. But there is much more to Peruvian food than just ceviche. The Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, African and Inca influences show in earthy, sensual and unusual dishes like ‘Aji de Gallina’ a chicken stew in a spicy, nutty cheese sauce. There’s no way around: you have to check it out for yourself. I promise, you will not regret it.

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September 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

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LA Foodbitch: Michelin-starred chef Miguel Sánchez Romera nourishes the brain

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I am always happy to discover amazing chefs that come up with new, intriguing ideas like Miguel Sánchez Romera, an Argentinian-born neurologist from Barcelona, who won a Michelin star in his quest for food that satisfies your brain.

Read the article that was published in the WSJ today: Cerebral Palate

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July 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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With days becoming hotter, I have discovered a new obsession, the wonderfully refreshing Mexican coolers, the aguas frescas. I love their subtle flavors and the feeling that my body gets an internal moisture boost! My favorite is the cucumber agua fresca. Here’s how I prepare it:


Makes 4 servings

1 medium cucumber

2 cups cold water

1 cup ice cubes

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Peel and seed cucumber and cut into chunks. In a blender blend cucumber with remaining ingredients until completely smooth and pour into a glass pitcher, chill, covered.  Stir  before serving.

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May 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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LA FOODBITCH: Alpine Bliss

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Dreaming of a rustic meal like ‘Aelplermagronen’ in an alpine chalet!

traditional alpine recipe 

9 oz potatoes

9 oz straight hollow noodles
7 oz grated Gruyère cheese
3/4 cup cream
3 Tbsp butter
2 large onions

Peel and dice the potatoes. Boil in salted water. Add the noodles shortly before the potatoes are done (read the directions on the package first). The potatoes should be soft. Drain and arrange in alternate layers with the cheese in a deep baking dish. Pour in the cream and place in the hot oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet. Slice the onions and saute until they turn light brown. Spread over the noodles and potatoes.

Serve with apple puree or salad.

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April 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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