Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dining by the Cemetery

"L&J Inc. Cafe"
Olympus E-P2 with OM 50mm 1:1.4
1/640s, f/4, ISO 640, -1 EV

Tonight, after another long day at the conference, my friend and I took I-10 west into El Paso proper and had a great meal at L & J's Cafe. Once more, Yelp was a great help in determining that it was a great place to eat, as well as provide clear directions to get there. This time, I managed to pay attention and drove us both there without any mistakes.

Concordia Cemetery
"Concordia Cemetery"
Olympus E-P2 with M.Zuiko 17mm
1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 640, -1 EV

And just like I'd read, it was "The Old Place By The Graveyard." Concordia Cemetery looks to be pretty large and pretty old. The section above is dedicated to Buffalo Soldiers. The last time I saw something explicitly dedicated to the Buffalo Soldier was when I was at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. I'm going to have a half day to myself tomorrow; I'd like to come back out and see if I can explore this section.

The Musicians
"The Musicians"
Olympus E-P2 with M.Zuiko 17mm
1/8s, f/4, ISO 1000, -0.7 EV

L & J is a small neighborhood bar and restaurant with huge personality. It was packed when we got there, and it stayed full while we ate in the back. The people were warm and friendly, and were there to have a good time. While we were waiting for a table in the restaurant part, three musicians entertained a good portion of the bar with some pretty good music. One of the bar's patrons stood up and introduced the musicians, saying he wanted to let everyone know he'd opened up a new business next door, and this was his way of saying hello. After listening for a few minutes I asked him if I could take a few photos of the musicians while they played, and he said no problem. In a bar full of unknowns, it always helps to ask.

Green Chicken Enchiladas - L & R Cafe
"Green Chicken Enchiladas"
Olympus E-P2 with M.Zuiko 17mm
1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 1000

We both ordered green chicken enchilada's, which the waiter said was one of their specialties. It might not look like much, but it was great, and like last night, we cleaned our plates. We only had to wait 20 minutes (the place is popular and it was packed). Once seated, the waiter was friendly and fast. Oh, you need to order chips as an appetizer. Instead of salsa, you get their green chili sauce, which was quite tasty and a bit on the hot side.


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