Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Number 17 from Out on Buford Highway

I met Dener Zacarias when I was photographing in a Peruvian restaurant. He was curious about what I was doing and we talked for a few minutes. He told me about the store he owns and he invited me to come visit.

La Bendicion Market is on the second level of a plaza at 5090 Buford Highway next door to El Taco Veloz. When you walk in you're immediately hit with an explosion of color. Brilliant oranges and greens are everywhere, on the walls, on the merchandise racks. There's tons of stuff that caters to Guatemalans- fresh and packaged foods, phone cards, clothing, even toys for kids. Dener is warm and friendly and very proud of his store and how he's managed to make it grow. Not long ago he added freshly prepared food to the mix. Magy Gomez works in the kitchen and when I was there, Dener fed me a dish that was kind of a Guatemalan beef stew. I don't remember what it was called (sorry Dener), but it was delicious! Rich with meat and potatoes and a savory sauce based in tomatoes and herbs.

Thank you Dener for welcoming me into your fine establishment! And to those of you reading this, take the time to stop in and try the food.
Dener Zacarias, Fuji X-E1, 18-55mm, ISO 1600, 1/180 @ f/4
Fuji X-E1, 18-55mm, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ f/4
Pentax K-3, 16-50mm, ISO 1600, 1/250 @ f/3.2
Magy Gomez, Fuji X-E1, 18-55mm, ISO 1600, 1/320 @ f/4
Dener Zacarias, Pentax K-3, 16-50mm, ISO 1600, 1/200 @ f/3.2
unidentified boy, Pentax K-3, 16-50mm, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ f/3.2