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Update #100

february project preview: globe aware in costa rica

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Wow. I cannot believe that I've already completed eight volunteer projects. I just returned from volunteering in Guatemala at AWARE Animal Rescue (a blog post coming ASAP) where I managed to fall hard and fast in love with a 5-month old puppy, which I adopted and named Manita ("Little Sister" in Spanish slang).

Next month, I'll head to Costa Rica to volunteer with Globe Aware with the grant I won via Travelocity's Travel for Good Program. Read more about what I'll be doing here:
http://globalcitizenproject.blogspot.com/2011/01/february-project-preview-globe-aware-in.html

Thank you again for helping to make this year of service happen. It's been more challenging than I ever imagined at times, but humbling, inspiring and fulfilling in more ways than I can even begin to articulate. I am grateful every day for this experience and opportunity and could not have done it without you. So thank you.

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    FREE BEER. Live in the Boston area? My former boss from days working at Donna's Coffee Bar in Baltimore, Frank McLaughlin, has generously offered a free beer at his Watch City Brewing Company in Waltham, MA to any person who pledges ANY AMOUNT of money to the Global Citizen Project. From Watch City Brewing Company's website: "At the head of Moody Street's Restaurant Row, in the center of a silicon saavy Waltham, Massachusetts, a legendary brew pub is holding court — and creating some of the best hand crafted beer anywhere." For more information, http://www.watchcitybrew.com/

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    BOXED SET OF ORGANIC SEASONAL SOAPS Four bars of organic handcrafted soaps from Spa Anjali The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Beaver Creek Spring: Rosemary Barleygrass Summer: Lavender Peppermint Milk Autumn: Spruce and Fir Winter: Orange Cinnamon Clove www.spaanjali.com

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    All books are in brand new condition and available on a first-come, first-served basis. I will remove titles as they are “called” for and will ship via media mail upon funding of The Global Citizen Project. Here are the titles: El Toro de Osborne by Jenny Block (hardcover) A Hedonist’s Guide to Los Angeles by Andrew Stone (hardcover) A Hedonist’s Guide to Eat London by Joe Warwick (hardcover) A Hedonist’s Guide to Eat New York by Amy Zavatto (hardcover) The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan (hardcover) Moon OREGON by Elizabeth and Mark Morris (softcover) The Banana Split Book by Michael Turback (softcover, signed) The Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook by Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (softcover) Cornbread Nation 4 by Dale Volberg Reed (softcover) A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan (hardcover) The Tailgating Cookbook by Robert Sloan (softcover) Killer Chili by Stephanie Anderson (softcover) Chefs on the Farm by Shannon Borg (softcover) The Essential Bartender’s Guide by Robert Hess

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    Two passes good for admission to all the exhibitions in the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum. The mission of EMP/SFM is to explore and amplify ideas that fuel contemporary, creative culture. Its exhibitions and public programs engage the senses; deepen our understanding of art and culture; and examine their relevance to our lives. This reward is valued at: $30. EMP/SFM is located at 330 6th Avenue North, Seattle, WA (206) 770-2700 http://www.empsfm.org/

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    All books are in brand new condition and available on a first-come, first-served basis. I will remove titles as they are “called” for and will ship via media mail upon funding of The Global Citizen Project. Here are the titles: Parmigiano Reggiano (hardcover) How to Mix Drinks; A Bon Vivant's Companion by Jerry Thomas (a reproduction of the 1862 edition) with a new introduction and appendix by David Wondrich (hardcover) Bartender's Manual by Harry Johnson (a reproduction of the 1900 edition) with a new introduction by Robert Hess. Author: Harry Johnson Introduction by: Robert Hess Caviar, Truffles and Foie Gras by Ellen Silverman (hardcover)

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    MOROCCANOIL TRAVEL KIT & LARGE ROUND HAIRBRUSH Brand new products in original packaging Travel kit: http://www.amazon.com/Moroccan-Oil-Travel-Kit/dp/B0032YVXWA ($45 value) Hairbrush: http://blogs.louloumagazine.com/2010/01/moroccanoil-hair-brushes-are-here/comment-page-1/ ($28 value)

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    Do you like pig? Well, you'll love what I do with my slow-roasted pork shoulder. (If you don't believe me, ask @alexkralicek on Twitter.) I take a 5 lb+ shoulder and let it simmer for a minimum of 6-8 hours in beer, onions, garlic, brown sugar, chile peppers, maple syrup, oregano, cumin and crushed tomatoes. When it falls off the bone, I shred it and let it simmer some more in the saucy goodness. I'll even throw in a side of my decadent corn pudding. The first 40 people to pledge $50 to The Global Citizen Project will be invited to my house in Fremont on March 23rd for some finger licking, napkin necessary pork.

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    PURE BAMBOO SPA ROBE Size: Medium Color: Sage Embroidered Spa Anjali logo from The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek on pocket Brand new, with tags Retail value $150 http://www.purebamboo.com/store.php?crn=205&rn=377&action=show_detail

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    THE SEATTLE TOURSAVER 2010 TourSaver® is an easy-to-use travel discount book, with over 115 buy-one-get-one FREE Seattle travel deals for Seattle, San Juan Islands and Victoria BC. Save on flightseeing, adventure travel, whale watching, harbor cruises and hotels. TourSaver is a handy, pocket-sized book, full of 2-for-1 Seattle travel coupons for Seattle’s top attractions. http://www.seattletoursaver.com/

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    Inspired by Electranola/Earl Scioneux' gumbo success (and since The Global Citizen Project's funding deadline falls in the dead of Seattle winter), I am offering to make my damn good chili in the comfort of my warm and cozy Fremont home for the first 40 people who donate $50 to The Global Citizen Project. The date: Sunday, March 21, 2010. Time: TBD. I may even throw in some of my green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno cornbread.

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    WOMEN'S PATAGONIA MICRO PUFF VEST W/BEAVER CREEK LOGO Women’s size MEDIUM Brand new with tags Color: Modern Blue $125 retail value Small Beaver Creek logo on top center back of vest (http://www.beavercreek.com/) Image: http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/product/patagonia-womens-micro-puff-vest?slc=en_US&sct=US&p=84007-1-332

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    COMPLETE LINE OF KYOKU – LUXURY JAPANESE GROOMING LINE FOR MEN Designed specifically for men’s skin by Asim Akhtar, Kyoku for Men products combine cutting-edge skincare technology with effective natural ingredients, such as ginseng, green tea leaf, bamboo, chamomile and avocado oil. Kyoku for Men incorporates ancient Japanese knowledge of the active properties in natural extracts with up to the minute scientific research, resulting in the ultimate luxury grooming line for the active urban lifestyle. Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($49 value) Volcanic ash, adzuki bean powder, rice bran, walnut shells, and goat’s milk combine to deep clean and smooth away dead skin cells and remove excess oil. Daily Facial Cleanser ($29 value) Ginseng, camellia leaf, peppermint, calendula, sunflower oil, and oat straw extract work together in penetrating pores and creating a clean, healthy environment that promotes skin cell regeneration Razor Repair Balm ($34 value) Chamomile, witch hazel, aloe vera, and ancient Japanese oils team up to combat post-shave inflammation, reducing the appearance of bumps and redness. Oil Control Lotion ($49 value) Unique dual action microparticles absorb excess oil, leaving the skin shine free and fully hydrated. Facial Moisturizer (SPF 15) ($49) Bamboo, avocado oil, green tea leaf, aloe vera, plankton, and vitamin E combine to keep skin looking young, protected and extraordinarily smooth. Lip Fuel (SPF 15) ($12.50) A combination of three organic butters, avocado oil, green tea leaf and peppermint to soften and energize lips. $202.50 total value, http://www.kyokuformen.com/

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    I will write and mail a postcard from each of the 12 destinations (I went to art school, so I have really nice handwriting.)

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    DINNER FOR TWO AT CACHAGUA GENERAL STORE (Carmel Valley, CA) Cachagua General Store is hands down my favorite restaurant/dining experience on the Monterey Peninsula. Open for dinner on Monday nights only, there a million reasons why I love Chef/owner Michael Jones, but his culinary rockstar skills and kick ass friendship top the list. (Our recent foodie tour de force of Seattle was an afternoon for the records.) It also doesn’t hurt that he put this super delish salad on the menu: Charyn’s Roast Baby Beet Salad with Coconut Chevre and Balsamic Reduction. Mmm…Michael has already pledged The Global Citizen Project and rallied several other donations from Carmel Valley and Philadelphia folks and also decided to offer dinner for two. He’s one heckuva cheerleader and I’m glad he’s on my team. If you know about Cachagua General Store, I know you love it, and if you don’t, I’d love to use this opportunity to turn you onto one of the best dining experiences you will ever have. Getting there is an adventure, but the reasonably priced wine list and menu that spans everything from Fresh Sardine Bocadillo with Mojito Mayonaisa and Mesquite Grilled DuRoc Farms Baby Back Pork Ribs to Micah’s Pizza with Crème Fraiche, Corralitos Ham, Carmelized Onions, Fresh Basil, Fresh and Domestic Mushrooms and Niman Ranch Lamb Chops with Mint Molé, as well as friendliest dining vibe you’ll ever find will make you an instant believer. Pinky swear. Check out these links for more information about The Store: http://www.yelp.com/biz/cachagua-general-store-carmel-valley http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmel-Valley-CA/Cachagua-General-Store/46630647054?v=wall

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    ONE NIGHT/DELUXE ROOM ACE HOTEL SEATTLE Ace Seattle is a 28 room hotel located in the heart of Belltown. It’s near downtown, and within walking distance of many popular destinations, like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Waterfront. Blackout Dates Apply. ($165 value) http://www.acehotel.com/seattle

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    One night stay at Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle, WA. This charming Kimpton hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle celebrates Washington's Wine Country by dedicating each room to a local winery and vineyard. Recently named to Travel + Leisure's "Best 500 Hotels in the World" list, this luxury property is located in the heart of downtown Seattle in the city's retail and financial center, near the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and the 5th Avenue Theatre. The gift certificate will be valid for one year from date of issue (The Global Citizen Project funding ends 2/2/2010) and some blackout dates may apply. Hotel Vintage Park 1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA http://www.hotelvintagepark.com/

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    ONE NIGHT STAY AT TULALIP RESORT CASINO + $25 FOOD CREDIT From Seattle Times article, "Washington hotels that are a world away:" "The 370-room luxury hotel, next to the very popular Tulalip casino, includes a deluxe spa, restaurants, meeting rooms, a ballroom and a special area for weddings around a landscaped pool. For high-rollers, there are supersized luxury suites, including the 2,000-square-foot Player's Suite with a pool table, arcade games and more. The hotel's main attraction is the adjoining Tulalip Casino, a gambling mecca with 227,000 square feet of slot machines, table games, poker room and more." Good for: One night deluxe accommodation and a $25 food credit. ($200 value) Valid until: 2/28/2011 Disclaimer: No redeemable cash value; gratuities and alcohol not included; based on availability, certain blackout dates may apply and is not valid during New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day.

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    ONE NIGHT STAY AT HOTEL MAX (SEATTLE, WA) A quintessentially comfortable, utterly hip experience awaits you at the Hotel Max. In the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington, the Hotel Max offers an artistic setting for both business and pleasure. The Hotel Max provides the platform for both emerging and established Seattle artists and photographers. There are more than 350 original paintings and photographs found throughout our Seattle hotel in the lobby, guest rooms and corridors. This Gift Certificate entitles you to enjoy a One Night Stay inclusive of Valet Parking. Reservations will be made based on availability. Incidental charges are not included. Other restrictions may apply. The value is $299. http://www.hotelmaxseattle.com/

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    One night stay at Hotel Monaco in Seattle, WA. This luxury Kimpton boutique hotel is located in the vibrant heart of downtown near Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Washington State Trade & Convention Center. The gift certificate will be valid for one year from date of issue (The Global Citizen Project funding ends 2/2/2010) and some blackout dates may apply. Hotel Monaco 1101 Fourth Avenue, Seattle http://www.monaco-seattle.com

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    6 PACK CASE OF AWARD-WINNING TUDOR WINERY PINOT NOIR Winemaker Dan Tudor came to the last minute backer rescue with a generous donation of (4) six-pack cases of his award-winning Pinot Noir. Here's what you get: 05 Tudor Tondre' Vineyard Pinot Noir 05 Tudor SLH Pinot Noir 06 Tudor SLH Pinot Noir 06 Tudor Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 06 Tudor Sarmento Vineyard Pinot Noir 06 Tudor Balo Vineyard Pinot Noir All the 06's received 90 to 93 point ratings in Wine Spectator, while the 05's got top scores from various other wine publications. You read tasting notes and accolades for Dan's wines on his website here: www.tudorwines.com

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    One night stay at Alexis Hotel in Seattle, WA. "A work of art" in itself, Kimpton's recently renovated Seattle luxury hotel is committed to the arts community. Recently named to Travel + Leisure's "Best 500 Hotels in the World" list, the Alexis Hotel displays original pieces throughout the richly decorated guestrooms and public spaces. The 121-room boutique hotel is just steps from the Pike Place Market, the Waterfront and Pioneer Square. The gift certificate will be valid for one year from date of issue (The Global Citizen Project funding ends 2/2/2010) and some blackout dates may apply. Alexis Hotel 1007 First Avenue, Seattle, WA http://www.alexishotel.com/

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    TWO NIGHT STAY AT THE WOODMARK HOTEL, YACHT CLUB & SPA About Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa is the only hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Personal and comfortable, the Woodmark features 100 rooms, including 21 suites, most with views of the lake, and all with luxury amenities. The Woodmark is the ideal in-town retreat only minutes from downtown Bellevue and other Eastside destinations. It offers a full-service spa, two exceptional restaurants, distinctive event spaces and an intimate, residential, waterside ambiance. Most importantly, Woodmark people are warm and genuine, anticipating guests’ every need. Popular for corporate events, weddings and important family occasions, the Woodmark is ultimately a place where everyone feels at home, and home is a relaxing and rejuvenating place set apart by the water. Learn more about this fantastic property here: http://www.thewoodmark.com/ This two-night stay is a $550 value.

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    LET ME MAKE LUNCH FOR YOUR OFFICE MY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKED PORK OR DAMN GOOD CHILI You'll love what I do with my slow-roasted pork shoulder. (If you don't believe me, ask @alexkralicek on Twitter.) I take a 5 lb+ shoulder and let it simmer for a minimum of 6-8 hours in beer, onions, garlic, brown sugar, chile peppers, maple syrup, oregano, cumin and crushed tomatoes. When it falls off the bone, I shred it and let it simmer some more in the saucy goodness. I'll even throw in a side of my decadent corn pudding. Since my project funding deadline falls in the dead of Seattle winter, chili seemed to be Another appropriate, crowd-pleasing pick. I’ll even throw in some of my green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno cornbread. SERVES UP TO 25 PEOPLE

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    LET ME MAKE LUNCH FOR YOUR OFFICE MY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKED PORK OR DAMN GOOD CHILI You'll love what I do with my slow-roasted pork shoulder. (If you don't believe me, ask @alexkralicek on Twitter.) I take a 5 lb+ shoulder and let it simmer for a minimum of 6-8 hours in beer, onions, garlic, brown sugar, chile peppers, maple syrup, oregano, cumin and crushed tomatoes. When it falls off the bone, I shred it and let it simmer some more in the saucy goodness. I'll even throw in a side of my decadent corn pudding. Since my project funding deadline falls in the dead of Seattle winter, chili seemed to be Another appropriate, crowd-pleasing pick. I’ll even throw in some of my green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno cornbread. SERVES UP TO 40 PEOPLE

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    3 NIGHT STAY AT THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT Fronting Waikiki Beach , the iconic “ Pink Palace of the Pacific” opened in 1927 and features exquisitely decorated guest rooms, dramatic architectural design and rich cultural history. The enclave of Hollywood stars, heads of state and international jet setters, the resort reopened last year after a $60 million renovation with a grand opening gala in March 2009. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is home to the famed Mai Tai Bar, the celebrated Monarch Room and award-winning Azure Restaurant. The value of this stay is $1,680. Disclaimer: No redeemable cash value. Subject to availability, blackout dates may apply. Valid until: 2/28/2011

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    Like tsotchkes? I will pick out a souvenir just for you from each of the 12 destinations. Tell me what you like (culinary goods, woven/texile, books, housewares, etc.) and I'll try to accomodate specific requests.

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    LET ME MAKE LUNCH FOR YOUR OFFICE MY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKED PORK OR DAMN GOOD CHILI You'll love what I do with my slow-roasted pork shoulder. (If you don't believe me, ask @alexkralicek on Twitter.) I take a 5 lb+ shoulder and let it simmer for a minimum of 6-8 hours in beer, onions, garlic, brown sugar, chile peppers, maple syrup, oregano, cumin and crushed tomatoes. When it falls off the bone, I shred it and let it simmer some more in the saucy goodness. I'll even throw in a side of my decadent corn pudding. Since my project funding deadline falls in the dead of Seattle winter, chili seemed to be Another appropriate, crowd-pleasing pick. I’ll even throw in some of my green onion, cilantro, and jalapeno cornbread. SERVES UP TO 50 PEOPLE

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    Sponsor the The Global Citizen Project for one month. Help choose where I go and what I do for one of the month's projects. Be my blog's sole advertising sponsor for the month of your sponsorship. If you can think of anything else that would sweeten the deal, let's talk. I want this to be beneficial for you as well and I'm all about "wish lists" and creative solutions.

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    3 Night Stay at Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay (Ocean View Room) Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay Discover an ocean-side paradise bordering a marine preserve that teems with colourful reef fish and protected species such as green sea turtles and spinner dolphins. Laze on the white-sand beach or golf on two world-ranked courses. Explore this untouched island playground, and experience your own private Hawaii. Ocean View Room Offering 576 square feet (59 square meters), spacious Ocean View Rooms enjoy views of Hulopo‘e Bay and the surrounding coastline. Settle back in rustic wicker furniture and savor the feel of an exotic tropical island on your own spacious, private lanai (balcony). The value of this stay is $2,849.75.

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