October 7, 2010
And the Blue Pic(K) Winner is…!
"Roadside snack, Puerto Rico" by Amy Tarshis
About the photographer/traveler extraordinaire, in her own words:
“I’m known as a real ‘people person’. I enjoy writing but recently started taking photos with my iphone and have found that pictures really do ‘tell a story’! I am a frequent traveler to Puerto Rico and people here often ask why I’m so drawn to it, asking if I have family in PR (which I do not). I usually attribute it to the fact that as a young girl, I’d watch my father shave in the morning to the sounds of Latin Music (usually Mambo or Salsa) on his AM radio…so perhaps its rhythmic sounds drew me towards its lively culture and eventually to its’ vibrant people.
Loiza is a part of San Juan that has a large population made up of freed or escaped African slaves. It has historically been a place where black Puerto Rican music was born and it is the birthplace of a folkloric genre of music known as “Plena” whose creation was influenced by African and Spanish music. On the weekends, there are dozen of small food kiosks, known as ‘kioskos’ in Spanish that line the beautiful beaches of Pinones. Many sell ‘Pincho’ (delicious fresh-grilled chicken kebabs) for $2 a piece and Pina Coladas for under $4. Its a great way to interact with the local people and enjoy real island life. It’s authentic Puerto Rico and it’s only five minutes from the main airport in San Juan (SJU)!
‘Frituras’, a variety of fried items which are popular throughout the island, is a specialty along this route with ‘Bacalaitos’ (Fried Codfish Fritters) being a local favorite, my picture is of one woman I met whose fritters were superb because she and her family spend every weekend together at their kiosk and serve these up with LOVE!”
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