It’s Tuesday in L.A., which means that Cart For a Cause is serving up the month’s featured restaurant fare yet again to benefit St. Vincent Meals On Wheels. You can find the red food truck at 2220 Colorado Blvd. at Cloverfield in Santa Monica starting noon with David Myers’ and Dong Choi’s recipes on board (last week, it was quicheÂ and French dip at the Pacific Design Center). It’ll run you $10 (cash only) and comes with your selected dish, a sponsored side & drink – and even a cookie. What a great deal for a take-away Comme Ã‡a lunch – and you can feel good that the proceeds of each meal purchased feeds a senior citizen for an entire day.
Doesn’t get much better than eating a delicious lunch while helping out a great cause, now, does it? Just be sure to get there early, because the truck is usually equipped with about 150 lunches – and they serve until they run out.
My first years in Los Angeles, I admit I was a bit dismayed that it didn’t reflect the picture of the city I had in mind. I had expected L.A. to exemplify the epitome of what this country was supposedly founded upon. What that would be, of course, is a haven for immigrants insomuch as the fact that we’ve all moved here to “make it a better place for everyone.”
I pictured everyone getting along with everyone else.
Of course, that included preconceived notions of adults and children of all different colors – equal in proportion – in circles holding hands and playing Ring Around The Rosie on every lawn. (This was something I got cheated out of by being born an Asian American native of a predominantly white Wisconsin.) Blacks got along with latinos (because they’re not all Mexican), and the Asians loved the blacks equally, indiscriminately to the whites.