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B' CAUSE

MY FAVORITE FOOD CHARITIES (check em out!)

Our seafood choices matter! I frequently update my pocket guide on what to avoid:
http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_aboutsfw.aspx

Gathering surplus food and distributing it to those in need:
foodbanknyc.org

Globally teaching farmers how to farm without depleting the land:
oxfam.org

Teaching children about healthy nutritious foods and basic kitchen skills:
commonthreads.org

Volunteers pick thousands of pounds of excess fruit and vegetables from gardens and donate to local food banks:
foodforward.org

Supporting underserved communities's ability to gain access to local food.
wholesomewave.org

Because they're fighting to be heard over the bit CostCo's and so much more
GreenPeace.org

The Tandoor Won't Hit You in the Butt

Tandoor-India
2622 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-9964

My prowl for food I want to eat at lunch continues. I'm finding good stuff, and I want more. Hudson & I popped into Tandoor- India today and it could be one of my go-to lunch spots.

Clean? CHECK! Friendly? CHECK! Efficient? CHECK! and while some diners were ordering off the menu, as usual, I had NO time. I opted for the All You Can Eat Buffet. While making up my mind, they delivered steamy hot samosas (stuffed with peas, spices and potatoes). They have 3 sauces at the table including that refreshing green mint sauce I've seen only at some Indian establishments. Hudson is a sucker for it and has to ask at most Indian restaurants and I get to enjoy his description of what it is. Hilarious! I feel him. I mean, how would you describe it?

Hudson: Well. It's green. I mean, very green.
Server: Hot?
Hudson: No, it's not spinach. I think it's mint, but it's not just mint.
Server: But it's a sauce?
Hudso…

JAVAN RESTAURANT

11500 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 207-5555

I was just dropping off a package at the post office on the corner, and was enticed by the aroma of well seasoned food. You know, that scent of herbs and spices that makes your taste buds override your schedule? I stood looking at my car and then involuntarily turned toward the food... Javan was what the sign said. I figured I'd check it out.

The place is nicely decorated with a lovely full bar that features a cut stone wall cascaded by a waterfall. Having to rush back to work from my lunch break - I was sorry that I didn't have time to relax and be seated, but Hamid greeted me warmly and offered the menu To Go. As I ordered my kabab take out, he remarked, "I see your mouth is watering already". The price was right too! $7.63 with tax for lunch. You'd pay that for a "medium meal" at a fast food restaurant.

And it was fast! I sat for just a few minutes awaiting my lunch, but it was enough time to s…