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Monday, March 9, 2009

Make A Difference Monday: Would You Pay for a Stranger?


Since we didn’t do pizza night on Friday, we had it last night.

Her Side


His Side



I started off with one piece and some BBQ POP Chips, but then of course went back for another.


I love pizza so much that I am creating a link on the side bar to help you all find our pizza night recipes:)


Is it just me or was it hard for you to wake up this morning? The darkness made me want to just curl right up and stay in bed. Luckily I didn’t do that and just jumped right in the shower.

I wanted to do Yoga, but I have to be at work early this morning, it’s a teacher in-service day(aka lot’s of meetings). Which means I get off early so I plan on coming home before I teach AKB tonight at 7:30, and then I shall do my Yoga.


I did manage to make a yummy bowl of oats:


I mixed in 1/2 a peach again, PB2, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, and 1/2 banana. Topped with Agave Nectar, chopped pecans,wheat berries, and some cranberry apple butter:)

With a cup of black coffee in my new mug from Anthropology:)



I heard about this restaurant last week and was so excited to share it with you all because today’s topic was about paying for a stranger!  Have you ever paid for the person behind you at a coffee shop, or even a restaurant? Well this restaurant I found is all about just that!

“The Seva Cafe is a very unique dining experience simply, because there are no prices to any of the meals. The food you eat is actually paid for by someone who came before you, someone who you have never met.

At the end of the meal, each guest, in turn, gets an opportunity to pay for a future guest's meal. Instead of receiving a bill with an amount due, guests receive an empty envelope in which each guest can leave whatever they wish as a gift for someone else.

What the Seva Cafe is really about, however, is the opportunities of service that this experiment creates. Volunteers wash dishes, bus tables, make sandwiches all with one single-minded focus, to learn what it is to serve others with genuine love.”

A Testimonial

“That night I saw the difference a group of strangers could make, I made new friends, I witnessed pure acts of selflessness, I saw the restaurant go from empty to at capacity, and I left energized & happy that I was somehow able to be a part of it all. There is no telling what will happen the next time I volunteer at Seva Café.”

Isn’t this the most amazing thing! WOW, I think this Cafe can teach us a lesson here about serving others with authentic LOVE.

Question:  Would you pay for a strangers meal? Have you ever done so?

My answer: I have never paid for a strangers meal, but I have bought someone's coffee behind me at Starbucks. I want to visit this place!!! If you don’t live in CA, you can still pay for someone's meal at this link.

Peace and Love,


Anonymous said...

I have never actually paid for a stranger before...you always make me want to strive for better when I read these posts of yours!
I will send you an e-mail later this week regarding the ringtones - I was having some trouble with them last night...grr!

Denise said...

Honestly, I'm surprised that concept is working right now with the economy the way it is. It's really nice knowing people are still willing to be generous. But lots of people can't afford that right now.

Yasmin said...

There is nothing better than home-made pizza. I have paid for someone's coffee before and we became good friends because of it. It's a good feeling doing a good deed for others and I hope they pass it along as well.

Helen's Journey said...

I love the his and her's pizza. I haven't paid for a stranger's meal, but if someone was short say for their busfare, or something I'd help them if I had it spare.

RunToFinish said...

oh i can't wait for your pizza link, I need help making it at home.

that cafe sounds amazing!! I have never heard of anything like that, but I totally love it!

Tami said...

i have paid the toll for the person behind once, and when they passed me the guy gave me the finger! i was horrified! my husband has a great pizza crust recipes, lots and LOTS of flax seed in it i'll have to get him to type it up for you

Mica said...

One side of that pizza looks remarkably healthier than the other!

Mmm, pizza recipes! I'm excited!

Lacey Nicole said...

i love doing nice things for other people and would totally pay for a stranger's meal!!!! esp if i had more money!!!!!!!!!! i am not the type of person to just want a lot of money but i want to have enough money to USE IT WELL-- and i count making other people happy as money well used. BOBBI-- I JUST READ YOUR FEATURE on chasing daylight, GREAT article!!!!!!! you carry a waterbottle the entire time on your long run?! you hold it in your hand??? how do you do that?

aron said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE pizza :) I loooove making them too! YUM. Your pizza looks very familiar to me and my hub's pizzas lol

it was SO HARD to wake up this morning... I think I snoozed about 20 times :(

Marianne said...

That is a very interesting concept. I wonder if it will spread to other places? Hmmm.

And no, I've never paid for anyone's meal/coffee before that I don't know. And I don't know that I would, probably because I just can't afford it.

Anonymous said...

I can eat pizza every night! Matt makes homemade dough and it is so much better than what you get at the store.

Anonymous said...

I never had paid for anyone before but I would definitely. I will keep this in mind next time I'm at Starbucks and will pay for the person behind me. The story about the Cafe left such a nice feeling inside me!! Thanks!

Laurel said...

I could not wake up today. I am still exhausted.

We should definitely meet up if you come to Philly. What are you coming out for?

Lauren said...

My husband and I have this discussion a lot.
I would like to think that, if given the chance, I would without hesitation pay for a stranger; however, what I desire to do and how I would react in the actual situation could be different.
But I will give myself the benefit of the doubt and take the higher road!

Random question...what do you do with the other 1/2 of your fruit? I usually add 1/2 of the fruit too, but always get concerned that the other 1/2 will go bad before I eat it and i HATE wasting food.

The Bagley Bunch said...

That place sounds awesome!!!

And that pizza looks so yummy! Your half, that is ;)

I weighed in this morning :{...crazy! My prayer is that I STAY motivated.

teacherwoman said...

Okay HER PIZZA looks so dang yummy!!

A couple times, when I am in the drive-through to order coffee, and only have a few bucks left on my prepaid card, I will leave it with the barista and tell them to give it to the car behind me.

If I remember correctly, my sister and brother-in-law had their meal paid for them when he was out for dinner with my sister prior to him leaving for his second tour of duty. I think the stranger over heard them talking about him leaving. I thought that was very kind.

Andrea [bella eats] said...

What an amazing idea!!! I will definitely keep it mind next time I'm at a coffee shop, and would love to visit that restaurant if I'm ever in California.

Your pizza looks fabulous. My hubb and I have very similar pizza nights... :)

ttfn300 said...

i've heard about that place!! very interesting :) and i've wondered how its doing...

i don't think that i've ever paid for a stranger's meal...

Brian said...

That is such a cool idea. I would definitly partake in this "experiment".

Can you send me a slice of that pizza? :)