|The El Compadre restaurant on Sunset Boulevard - Pat and I were looking to replicate our experience of the La Quetzalteca restaurant in Millsboro, DE|
Little late on my posting today folks. Messing around with my slow, slow computer. I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a new computer. This one, an iMac 27 inches, is five years old. I fear the hard drive is failing. Heck, I'm failing. So I called the Apple store this morning and put in an order for a super duper charged iMac to last me for the duration. Oh yes, this is Apple so you know I'm spending major bucks (got to contribute to the Apple bottom line don't you know) but I NEED my computer. Some people buy motor cycles, some people take a cruise around the world. Me? I buy the latest in computers so I can stay connected with the world. Gone are the days when our only source of information was what the three major TV networks doled out to us after they filtered the news, now we not only can go on the Internet to filter our own news (which can still be a challenge because we're going through the "American" filter) but we can also contribute to the social intercourse via blogging, like I'm doing now and, to a lesser extent, Facebook. Wow, that was a long sentence. I try to keep my sentences short and simple folks but sometimes you just have to let the thoughts roll onto the keyboard as they rattle out of my head.
So folks, here is the latest installment of my ten day stay in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. This post is about our dine out one night (our second or third night, I forget which) at the El Compadre Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. All of our other meals were at vegan establishments but I want to sample the local Mexican culinary delights just once. And I did.
|Interior of El Compadre restaurant, Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA|
As we were walking down Sunset Boulevard one balmy evening in January (doesn't that sound great? Balmy in the same sentence with January?). I heard music and joyful sounds coming out of this hole in the wall on Sunset Boulevard. I suggested to Pat that we venture in. He acquiesced, knowing that even in the Cheese Palace he could probably get something vegan (he did).
We enter the raucous environs. I look for the seating hostess. She tells us there will be a half an hour wait. I look at Pat in askance. A couple waiting nearby detect our uncertainty He says to me "It's worth the wait." I'm easily persuadable and make The Decision on the spot. We wait.
After the aforementioned half an hour wait (the hostess knows her business) we were seated. We peruse the menu. I see a cheesy mess that appeals to me. Oh, I almost forgot. I ordered a lime margarita while I was standing sand waiting to relax me. By the time I was seated, I was relaxed, in spite of the salt that rimmed the margarita glass (I don't like salt with my tequila libations).
|Our meal, I almost pigged out on the spicy salsa alone - I can taste this food now|
|Chips and salsa, that's me!|
A three man combo was playing not two feet from us. This video is not the best representation of that delightful combo but it does give you a flavor of the night. Yet another good night in West Hollywood, California. Oh and yes, I was a little tipsy on the way home. Actually, this was the only time during our stay in California that I had a drink, they don't serve alcoholic beverages at the vegan palaces we frequented during our holiday odyssey in California.
You know, I've often wondered what musicians are thinking when they're playing beautiful, melodic music like this in a restaurant when just about everyone else is either talking, laughing of feeding their faces. Well, I can tell you both Pat and I appreciated their music. We were sitting right next to them while they played. A very pleasant evening indeed. I was stuffed when I got back to where we were staying but contented and just a little bit tipsy, which was alright.