I believe in the saying, “All true benefits are mutual”. The organization Share Our Strength seems to share my philosophy because from September 20-26, all you need to do to help provide food for hungry children is go out to eat at a participating restaurant. From the celebrity hotspot Geisha House in Hollywood to the casual Border Grill in Santa Monica, choose from over 30 restaurants from Corona Del Mar to Pasadena for the Great American Dine-Out.

If you want to eat out this week and save some money, head down to Orange County for their Restaurant Week September 13-19. We had a Restaurant Week in Los Angeles earlier this year so we won’t have another one until next year. If you want to take advantage of $10-20 lunches and $20-40 dinners for a three course prix fixe meal (not including beverages, tax or tips), it’s time to head south for a meal. Some of my favorite places are participating, like 230 Forest Avenue in Laguna ($40 dinner) and Brasserie Pascal ($15 lunch $30 dinner) in Newport Beach. It’s a great way to try out a place or revisit a favorite. To get even more benefits (points), make your reservations through Open Table and earn a dining coupon.

I love being rewarded for eating well!