1001 Black Men–#390

This guy was the only non-costumed person sitting at a table of rowdy, costume-clad men and women on the Saturday before Halloween, at La Penca Azul restaurant, on Park Street in Alameda. I’m not sure if I remembered this guy because of that, or because my love of this restaurant places me in a state of heightened awareness while I am there. From the moment the server places those warm tortilla chips and that bowl of fresh salsa on the table, I immediately become more present in the moment. Colors are more vivid, lights are brighter, and time slows down so that I notice everything and everyone around me.

Okay … Maybe I’m exaggerating; but La Penca Azul, joins Jong Ga Korean Barbecue and Sneakers Sports Bar in San Carlos as one of my food happy places. I love the atmosphere as much as the phone. It’s not fancy, but it’s consistent and reliable, kind of like me.

Ajuan Mance

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