still life cafe
a wider view of the Still Life Cafe in Independence, an unexpectedly fantastic french bistro in a very tiny town -- just what every weary road-traveler needs!
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the couple at the table in the center are Mike and Deanna, and they were really extraordinarily kind -- i was sitting by myself off to the left, when Deanna asked me about the book i was reading -- a few minutes later she asked, "would you like a taste of our wine?" turns out they were drinking a 1973 Cabernet, so who was I to say no? (you might notice my table has two wine glasses -- one for the house red i'd ordered, a second for their cabernet!) they continued to share their wines with me, as they pulled out several other fine vintages (sharing with me and the cafe's owners, who are friends of theirs), and eventually i joined them at their table. so welcoming to a lone diner! we had a fantastic time talking, i don't think i got back to my B&B room until 11:30pm...
and the folks sitting over on the righthand side were three hikers, having just come down from Mt. Whitney/the Pacific Crest Trail (or, as they referred to it, the PCT) -- something i never knew before, a lot of these hardcore backpackers go by "trail names," like Landshark or etc. -- which struck me as rather funny, until i realized how similar their names were to our Flickr-names!
and as you can see, the walls of the Still Life Cafe are absolutely covered with paintings and photographs -- this room was all images of the local eastern sierra landscape, while the back room was full of images of jazz musicians. certain nights of the week they have live music, and always excellent french-algerian food and a cozy ambiance -- highly recommended!!!