Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Selling Burnt Almonds

Two Guys at a Sweets Stand near Plaza Dorrego in the San Telmo Neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina
I like these street scenes telling you a story of the city. The guy in the red jacket was waiting, maybe for his wife, his kid, or Godot, to come out of the polyclinic right behind him. While doing so, he observed the world around him; once in a while he small talked with the guy beside him who had a stand with pistachios and burnt almonds to sell to passer-bys. Obviously his business went so slow this morning that he decided to become his own best customer. The pack he was just about to open was for himself. I caught him in the act.

8 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

Well snapped!

Just goes to show that waiting for Godot may well be an excellent posture for a street photographer as well.

Jacob said...

The guy in red didn't notice you taking his photo? He's got racing shoes on!

What the heck are "burnt almonds" and why would anyone want to eat almonds that were burnt?

This is very wonderful photo, full of color and interest.

Prospero said...

Quite a bit of drama going on. One photograph - and a whole world.

AB said...

It certainly looks cold down there at the bottom of the other hemisphere. Over here, we have hot chestnuts to fire us up in the winter. Pistachios and burnt almonds sounds exotic.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

@Jacob
Burnt almonds are also called roasted almonds, the almonds are caramelized in sugar usually in a pan. Burnt almonds are something for chilly winters. It's quite delicious but damn sweet.

RogerB said...

How can the guy in red stand there and not buy some roasted almonds! The smell alone is intoxicating - the taste is even better.

B SQUARED said...

He is definitely "Waiting For Godot."

Silvina said...

They are not almonds, they are peanuts with a crocant made of caramel. The caramel is made directly by hotting the white suger in a little pan. When the caramel gets cold, it turns harder making it very crispy!
We call it garrapiñada. Perfect for col days!!