A lot of restaurants in LA make a habit (not to mention a pretty penny) of offering “flat or sparkling” water to their patrons. My choice is always unlisted, but available: “Regular water–from the tap–is fine,” I tell my waitperson without fail. Usually it makes me feel a little bit like a cheapskate, but from Sunday, March 16 – Saturday, March 22, I’ll feel like a regular do-gooder when I ask for tap water, no ice. Throughout that entire week, a host of LA restaurants will be participating in a nationwide project that “invites restaurant diners to donate a minimum of $1 for the tap water they would normally get for free.” The campaign “celebrates the clean and accessible tap water available as an every day privilege to millions, while helping UNICEF provide safe drinking water to children around the world.” A whole bunch of LA eateries are participating, including Cayenne, Mani’s on Fairfax, Lucques, and Mama’s Hot Tamales. The way I see it, this is great incentive to try a new restaurant and do a good deed at the same time. Full list of restaurants here.