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TORTILLA MAKERS
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
These tortillla makers are the main attraction at the Old Town Mexican Cafe in San Diego, California. Even though this popular restaurant could certainly afford an automated tortilla maker, they choose to employ real people and make each tortilla by hand with the use of an old fashioned tortilla press (as can be seen in the right hand corner). In this high definition photograph, I tried to capture the texture of the towels that cover the tortilla dough and the reflection of the white uniforms giving them a painterly look.
TORTILLA MAKERS AT THE GRILL
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
The guy looking through the window wanted to get in on the action. Outside the light is harsh and blown out, but inside the light is warm and glowing as it reflects off the shiny metals and white uniform and skin of the tortilla maker.
BOTTLES AND SPOONS
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
No matter where we travel, my husband and I always try to find the best places to eat. Pirillos Pizza Rustica in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of the best pizza restaurants we have found. This place was packed every night and afternoon we were there. We had pizza there seven times. No kidding. We sat at the bar each time as we like to mix with the locals. The wall along the side of the cafe had a narrow counter lined with different brands of empty beer bottles. There were other artifacts on little shelves which I suppose were things the owner collected over the years.
GELATO STAND
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBRA CHMELINA
Italians love their ice cream and so do Americans. I guess everyone loves ice cream. This little street side kiosk in Venice caught my eye with it's colorful and cleverly displayed plastic cups. It says come and get some of me.
The San Diego Tourism Authority is the official travel resource for the San Diego region such as maps and directions, visitor safety tips, where to stay, what to do and how to get around.Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California. San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It was here in 1769, that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the very first mission in a chain of 21 missions that were to be the cornerstone of California’s colonization. Father Serra’s mission and Presidio were built on a hillside overlooking what is currently known as Old Town San Diego. At the base of the hill in 1820’s, a small Mexican community of adobe buildings was formed and by 1835 had attained the status of El Pueblo de San Diego. In 1846, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and a Marine Lieutenant, raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza.

In 1968, the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park to preserve the rich heritage that characterized San Diego during the 1821 to 1872 period. The park includes a main plaza, exhibits, museums and living history demonstrations.

International, and commercial air service for the region is provided by the San Diego International Airport.

The San Diego Historical Society connects the past to the future so all generations will understand and appreciate the richness of San Diego's regional history.

The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within one of San Diego's most historic areas.

At the world-famous San Diego Zoo, you will see some of the world's rarest wildlife including giant pandas (and Hua Mei, the only panda cub in the U.S.), and koalas.

OTIS - The Online Transit Information System lets you find out how to get around San Diego using the Metropolitan Transit System's buses, trolleys, or trains.

The City operates two general aviation airports, Brown Field and Montgomery Field. There are also eight general aviation airports operated by the County of San Diego.

A visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is like a safari to many of the world's most exotic places.

World-renowned Balboa Park is home to fifteen museums, various arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo, making it one of the nation's largest cultural and entertainment complexes.

Source: http://www.sandiego.gov/directories/visiting.shtml


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