Lunch With Herb, Irene, Ellen, and Bill

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.? ~Author Unknown

Amazing..... Paul Was Raised (A) And Where Paul & Friends Dined (B)

Amazing... In the 1940's and 1950's this area was quiet... Hamburger stands maybe... Ventice Blvd had a red car line that went from downtown to Venice Beach. The only restaurant that was "ethnic" was Italian... Mexican was just getting popular. It's now 60 years later we love Himalyian (Tibet, Nepal, India) food and volia', 60 years later we have a great vegetarian restaurant just 3.3 miles from where Paul was raised.

Today we go revisit the area with Herbie and Irene and meet Bill and Ellen at the restaurant.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Not the Himalayan Freeway....

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Paul was born and raised at Point "A" in the 1940's

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Paul knew the area well..... Tara's is where the red awning is located

Quotation To Remember: Many people think the mind can be controlled. That is not a useful idea. Like the monkey, the mind can never actually be controlled; it can only be directed. If you want to try to control your mind, you will regret the results. Forget the word “control” and learn to direct your mind and energy on all levels.

Tara's Himalayan Cuisine.... Great Place To Dine

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
They had a little bit of everything on the menu

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
We parked right on Venice Blvd ... The patio was delightful

Did You Know? - Nepali food is practical rather than gourmet fare--which is not to say it isn't tasty. The national dish is daal bhaat, boiled rice (bhaat) with a thin lentil sauce (daal), accompanied by curried vegetables (tarkaari) and possibly a dab of pungent pickle (achaar). In rice-growing areas daal bhaat is eaten twice a day, the first meal at around 10:30 a.m. And the second shortly after sunset.

Sweet, milky tea and snacks like beaten or popped rice, flat bread, or curried potatoes tide the hungry over until mealtime. Beyond this there isn't a tremendous variety of dishes. Ethnic groups have their own specialties, but basically it's all subsistence food. Nepalis know the value of food as fuel: trek for just a few days and you'll learn it too.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Our waiter was great.... He suggested 8 out of 10 on the spice scale.... He was right

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Not exactly Greek food.....

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Ellen got to play "The Mom" today... Making sure everyone was taken care of!
She did a surperbe job!!

Did You Know? - Grain, preferably rice, provides 90% of the calories in the national diet. Rice's fundamental role is underscored by the language: daal bhaat is khaanaa, "food," and a common greeting is "Bhaat khaayo?" ? literally, "Have you eaten rice?"


A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Herb enjoyed the menu selections....
We assisted him with the big words

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
"Not too hot.... How about 1 on a scale of 100??"

Did You Know? - Mustard Greens: The leaves, the seeds, and the stem of this mustard variety are edible. The plant appears in some form in African, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and soul food cuisine. Cultivars of B. juncea are grown as greens, and for the production of oilseed.

In Russia this is the main variety grown for production of mustard oil, which after refining is considered one of the best vegetable oils around and is widely used in canning, baking and margarine production; and the majority of table mustard there is also made from this species of mustard plant.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Ellen suggests "water"

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
We are all here... Known locally as "The Wild Bunch"


A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Nepas is the home of Hinduism

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill

Did You Know? - The overwhelming majority of the Nepalese population follows Hinduism. Shiva is regarded as the guardian deity of the country. Nepal is home to the famous Lord Shiva temple, the Pashupatinath Temple, where Hindus from all over the world come for pilgrimage.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
The Himalayan Stew (Thupka) was great

Did You Know? - A thukpa recipe belongs to Tibet. It is popular in all the Himalayan countries. Tibetan noodle soup dish can be of different shape like pasta. This is also a common dish in Sikkim, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh states of India. This nutritious noodle soup is available in all the restaurants of these places.

Thukpa is a nutritious soup beneficial for mind and body. A thukpa is low in calories and is a rich source of nutrients and dietary fiber. It is a light snack which can be easily digested.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
The owner (Tara's) grandson made an appearance.... Ellen jumped up to assist

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Irene was happy... We had a great meal!

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Bill found the dessert... He was happy

Did You Know? - About Tibet: Emerging with control over most of mainland China after the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China incorporated Tibet in 1950 and negotiated the Seventeen Point Agreement with the newly enthroned 14th Dalai Lama's government, affirming the People's Republic of China's sovereignty but granting the area autonomy. Subsequently, on his journey into exile, the 14th Dalai Lama completely repudiated the agreement, which he has repeated on many occasions.

Tibet is the highest region on earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000?ft).

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Just us.....

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Paul and Bill kibitzed all afternoon

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Sue had Paul mostly under control

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Ellen and Herbie

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
We told Herb "Show us your tooth!"

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
How come he is always surrounded by beautiful girls????

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
Ellen and Bill are being watched....

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill
A view out the front window.....

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill

Did You Know? - The Himalayas in Hindu tradition are much more than a majestic mountain range that extends in a 2,410-km curve across South Asia. Hindus revere it not just for being a home to rare sanative herbs, nor even as a haven for exciting winter sports. To the Hindus this great grandfather-like figure has always been an abode of gods. So they referred to the Himalayas as devatma or God-souled.

A Himalayan lunch with Herb, Irene, Elln and Bill

Music: Himalayan Letter