Monday, June 26, 2006


SeanYoda had edited many of the photos from the COLES PE Buffet adventure a couple weeks ago but they were needed some resizing, retouching & 'watermarking' (copyrighting really) before I felt comfortable posting them anywhere.. So basically these are miscellaneous pix from the last couple weeks that haven't hit our i5nomads webpage. One of these days.. so right now.. they'd be here..

SoCal places (that include the COLES PE photos.. =)

It took me setting up the San Pedro pix to realize that free accounts on FLIKR get 3sets max. well.. makes sense I guess. Like many of the things that we i5nomads do, flikr isn't our main photo posting site.. that's what we have for. =)

Just as the rest of our individual postings are on Live Journal somewhere.. =)

This weekend has been a bit of a bear what with insomnia, possible self induced food poisoning (too much steamtable chicken??) & non-stop disney fun has left us exhausted and sleep deprived. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.. Some good sleep might put us in better spirits. Either way.. the new photoshop elements 4.0 SeanYoda assisted Meeko Pamela into installing on her computer will go a long way in improving (hopefully) her photo editing skills.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Coles PE Buffet meet! =)

SeanYoda & Meeko headed to downtown to meet FranklinAve's Mike & Maria & blogger-baby as they celebrated their 100th "rate a restaurant"!

Cole's P.E. Buffet
118 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA.

It's the sort of place one might expect to meet a secret agent or a shady hangout for beer bottle weilding bloggers at last call. =P They take their sandwiches and history seriously here. It is the original French Dipped sandwich.. yes, the original.

SeanYoda & Meeko parked at the meter outside on 6th, and headed down the corner to Cole's which had an unassuming entrance into a dark cavern of a bar & buffet. You order, you pay and then you sit down. SeanYoda ordered the roast beef sandwich plate which came with 2 sides (he chose mashed potatoes/gravy & green beans). Meeko ordered the pastrami w/ 1 side order of macaroni (which looked good, but was a bit overdone and bland).

We were surprised, in that we expected the dip to be a complete dip perhaps like one might expect at Philippe's the other french dipped sandwich place made famous (make no mistake though, COLES PE is the original!) SeanYoda got a large diet soda and it did look big enough to split.. we paid (they take credit as well as cash) and then headed to the back. While we were waiting, a lovely lady with a little boy who looked vaguely familiar (well his curly locks looked familiar..)walked by and smiled. we were guessing that might be Blogger Baby & his mom Maria.. but wasn't 100% sure.

The front booths were mostly empty except for a lone diner or the occasional couple of folks at the bar.. we saw folks in the back room, where Sean guessed that was where the 'meet' was. Of course he was right. =)

While we didn't really recognize folks (Celia we recognized by name.. some folks we recognized by their blogs.. *grin*) there was no mistaking Mike.. =) We introduced ourselves.. (hopefully Maria & Mike got the RSVP we sent ok) I guess we represented the blog readers contingent as the rest of the folks were friends & blogging buddies that Mike & Maria may have known already..

We stayed for about an hour.. enjoying Blogger Baby's cute baby antics and chatted folks, but mostly listened, as we ate our late lunches and learned more about some of LA's blogging community and the individual people we enjoy reading so much. We got a chance to ask some questions.. well, Meeko Pamela did.. as SeanYoda sort of smiled and tolerated the silly sounding questions.. one of these days we'll be relocating (and while it won't be Berkeley.. although it would be nice to go home) it's more likely to be the Studios area.. or LA proper.. getting to know how folks deal with the traffic and commutabibility by foot of Downtown.. and how things seem to be ever-changing was helpful. Sean works in LA all the time, but it's a matter of getting there & home.. not so much lingering and enjoying the neighborhood... taking in a lunch or just enjoying the commute.

Besides being overly chatty (Why can't I just learn to shut up for once??.. Meeko) Pamela & Sean had a really good time and enjoyed trying the much beloved Coles French dip for the first time before they are likely to shutter the restaurant & bar for refurbishment (under new owners) what may be later this summer. SeanYoda took photos of the dark moody & eclectic (and sinky furniture!) advertisement filled back room..

The place definitely could use some sprucing up but honestly other than a good dusting and a mop (and maybe find someplace else for the party chairs) there's definitely a local's homey quality to the place. It belongs to the neighborhood, unlike many of the shiny new refurbed Lofts that seem to be cropping up all over the place. LA is definitely on the move.. while change and the new urbanist movement is something to be lauded and appreciated by this particular non-driver, let's hope that Cole's remains for another 100+ years beyond its rezoned & refurbished and updated neighborhood.

BIG THANKS to all the folks that were so nice & welcoming to the 2 strangers at the meet.. and hopefully we won't be complete strangers so much but maybe virtual strangers.. which is definitely a step up in the online world.. Thanks Mike & Maria & to Blogger Baby who probably doesn't know what a hit he was with his amazing smile & stroller pushing ability..

**pix to be posted at some point once SeanYoda wakes up from his nap and is properly harrassed to edit pix.. or Meeko Pamela gets around to it. Whichever comes first! Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 09, 2006

another project down the toilet

ok.. I'm tending to be pessimistic these days because nothing I start seems to be going well. I thought we would have moved to Burbank/ LA area by now and I'd have all these great reviews to post about living in the studios area and such.. but no, we're still in Anaheim.. which isn't really the happeningest place on earth (and definitely NOT where we are currently located).. This isn't my ranting spot so let's just say it's been a bit frustrating around here.. I wish I had a box I could scream in. =)

So sorry if anyone came across this blog and is dissapointed, but you can be relieved in that no one is more dissapointed (and embarressed) as myself. Good thing I didn't name this thing after someone's neighborhood.. LOL.

OH.. I guess I could do a review of Long John Silvers.. I haven't eaten there in AGES (years that is) and SeanYoda brought a couple dinners home the other night. Chicken planks while not being a Anaheim thing, were still better than I could have ever remembered them from the Long John Silver's of my youth.. hush puppies were amazing and the coleslaw was mediocre.. still nice meal and filling.

ps: I honestly don't know what food Anaheim is known for but they do have a Zankou Chicken which we tried the other Friday, and that was excellent!! I had the wrap and that too was filling. I can't imagine ordering anything larger because I almost couldn't finish it. =)