|Beers on Marathon Monday, Boston Massachusetts|
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
|Even though I have a horrible and unfortunate allergy to shellfish, I find it one of the more fun things to photogrpah. Here is a mariscos vendor at Playa Victoria in Cadiz, Spain. One of my first trips abroad, and one of my favorite photos.|
But enough whining. I love this little contest. And I love traveling, and even though my life doesn't allow me to do it as often as I would like, I do it as often as I can. I'm a sucker for the colors of local markets. I love the flower sellers, the fishmongers, the veggie ladies, the candy kids, the fruits I've never laid eyes on. I always have to taste the local drink- The pisco of Peru, the ginjinha of Portugal, the Brunello of Montalcino, and the raki of Turkey. And a few local beers while I'm at it.
One of the best experiences I've ever had traveling was a cooking class in Oaxaca, Mexico. THIS, I swear will make me try to do this in every country I visit. My friend and I were fortunate enough to experience Alma de mi Tierra Cooking School in Oaxaca, where we were treated to a fabulous experience by Nora in her fabulous home, starting off in a local market and learning the history of the food, traditions, recipes for all that we cooked.
|The fabulous fish market at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington. I tried to get those guys that throw the fish, but they were too quick. And regret not buying a kaleidoscope and earrings. Hope to get back here one day.|
Mostly I just really love photographing the things I see. A perfect day in any city or region I travel too is to walk the streets and photograph. In Oaxaca I sat at the Zocalo and took photos of random people. I roamed the streets of Cartagena, mesmerized by the colors of the city. Even the streets of Washington DC seemed to come to life through the lens of my camera. And the constant in any country I travel to, is food.
So this week's Photo Travel Roulette's theme of "mouthwatering" inspired me to write this little post about the food I've encountered along my travels- and maybe someone other than my mom might read this post.
|I love signs. This is one of the best I've seen in San Francisco. Who would have a hard time deciding on these choices.|
|Beautiful gorgeous fruit at the Granville Public Market in Vancouver, British Colombia|
|Another fabulous sign, after my own heart, New York City|
|Store Front- Fabulous- Lower East Side, New York City|
|I love the juxtaposition of this photo. Taken at the Union Square Green Market, with New York City iconic architecture in the Background. I LOVE SIGNS.|
|Oh these carrots at the Green market- How many colors of carrots are there?|
|Again the fish. I think I'm fascinated because I can't eat them, but I love to photograph them . Fish Market, Istanbul.|
|One of my favorite trips. Peru. This is in Pisac, in the Sacred Valley, on Market Day. The fruit was spectacular.|
|There is food, and then there is New Orleans. Perhaps the most "foodie" city in the United States. Again a taboo food for me, but oh so pretty.|
Crawfish, Jazz Brunch, The Court of the Three Sisters
|Something about the mounds of gorgeous powder at the Spice market, Istanbul.|
|From my own back yard. Captain Cass' Sea Food. Supposedly the best lobster roll on the Atlantic seaboard. hope I just didn't let the cat out of the bag. Rock Harbor, Orleans, Cape Cod, Massachusetts|
|A welcome warm snack on a cold day in Lisbon, Portugal.|
|Again, the photogenic crab. Lisbon, Portugal.|
|Green isn't just for jealousy. These gorgeous brussels sprouts were on display at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market in Washington D.C.|
|Dupont Circle Farmer's market- Washington D.C.|
|Another favorite. And one of the best meals ever. In a rented apartment in Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy. Salami, Bread, Wine, Prosciutto, the BEST tomatoes of all time, and cheese. Fabulous.|
|The intersting array of choices at Toronto's St. lawrence market.|
|These two colorful beauties at the Portobello Market- London, England|
|From my own backyard, but worthy just the same. The BEST FRENCH FRIES IN THE WORLD, at Mojo's, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Note the painting in the back- true story.|
|Loved this combination of mushrooms and strawberries, at a farmer's market, Evora, Portugal.|
|Another hometown shot, taken the day of the Boston Marathon- 1 year after the bombings. The beer never tasted better than it did that day.|
|Mexcal. Oaxaca. Oranges. Spiced Salt.|
|Chicken- Oaxaca, Mexico|
|The produce in Mexico was divine. Peppers of every shade and heat, tropical fruit I had never heard of, and tomatoes, oh the tomatoes.|
|Another beautiful display in Nora's kitchen during our cooking class in Oaxaca.|
|Beautiful bananas- Oaxaca|
|Again a market, again the colors. gorgeous squash blossoms at the La Spezia Market, Liguria, Italy.|
|Grapes galore at the Campo di Fiori Market- Rome, Italy|
|A thirst quenching beverage in the piazza, Florence, Italy|
|The remnants of wine and grappa tastings, Montalcino, Tuscany.|
|Barrels of Brunello, Tuscany.|
|A favorite photo. Cafe del Mar in Cartagena, Colombia. It is here that hordes of people come to watch the sunset, lovers meet, and I drank beer.|
|The colorful cerveza of Colombia.|
|Pomegranates in Istanbul.|
|The Fishmarket of Istanbul|
|Heating the peppers at Nora's. I wanted that pan, and have not seen one like it since. Oaxaca.|
|Our stuffing for empanadas-|
|The cutest green tomatillos- Oaxaca|
|How many kinds of chiles are there?|
|World Famous Pralines in Charleston, South Carolina|
|Peppers on the flame, Nora's kitchen, Oaxaca|
|Colors at the Market, New York City|
|Octopi, flying high.|
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
For the latest round of Travel Photo Roulette, I have chosen this photo of a local woman, exhausted from her day of selling her wares at the Zocalo in Oaxaca, Mexico. She had been wandering around for hours and I desperately wanted her photograph and as I was walking through hours later, I caught her snoozing and snapped this photo.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|My favorite photo from Oaxaca- Looking out onto the street from the Market- Street Scene in the rain|
|The colors of Oaxaca|
The state of Oaxaca, Mexico awakens the senses. The colors of the architecture, of the people, of the freshness of the food trip up the eyes. Have you really ever seen something so red? Has the sky ever really been that blue? I might believe that the color green never existed before I had seen those tomatillos.
It is the birthplace of Mexican cuisine, and the perfect place to take a cooking class. The markets ooze with the aromas of perfect tomatoes, dried chilis of every level of heat, and the freshness of chickens still fresh in their feathers.
The traditional art lines the streets, in the manner of all sorts of wares for sale, graffiti, and, and street food, for the food itself is an art. But the artisans, and their traditional means of transforming the earth's ingredients into perfect pieces of clothing, or jewelry, or pottery is ancient, and inspiring.
I have a penchant for doors and doorways and for people. Here is a small sampling of some of the fantastic scenes of Oaxaca.
|A rainy day at the Zocalo|
|How fresh did you want those fish?|
|or that chicken?|
|or those grasshoppers?|
|or those peppers?|