We've got Internet!!
Now, for a post I've been wanting to write for a while...
Lentils as Anything is a strange and wonderful place.
Steven and I found it as we walked around the St. Kilda area of Melbourne a few weeks ago, looking for a vegetarian option for me.
Lentil serves everything vegan, so I knew immediately it was safe.
We quickly realized that it operates on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
The restaurant started up as a place for starving (ha-ha) artists to go when they were between jobs and pay cheques. What you ate today, you could pay for later.
Now, you might wonder how this differs from a soup kitchen or another charity. I think the difference is trust. Lentils as Anything trusts you will pay it forward--be it today or tomorrow or next year--where a soup kitchen doesn't ask for anything in return. The fact that the restaurant has survived for 12 years already is a testament to the fact that people will give when they are able to.
I had the eggplant curry with rice, salad, and a half slice of toast. It was savory, hot and delicious!
I don't mind sharing that I dropped $10 into the Magic Box (as much as I was ready to pay for lunch anywhere in Melbourne), and wished "Lokah samastah, sukino bavantu."