Project 365 – Day 229: Chinatown street sale

August 16 2012

On my way to Old Montreal at lunchtime to order some prints I passed through Chinatown where there was a small sales event  along rue de la Gauchetière. With stalls set up selling all kinds of merchandise the narrow pedestrianized street was busier than normal.

Half way along I noticed this old guy sitting at a small table with a sign next to it advertising that his name was Tom Mon and he was a top ten future teller with 60 years of experience – I never realized there was a ranking of future tellers ;-)

Tom Mon the future teller

Tom Mon the future teller
ISO 100 – 85mm – f5.6 – 1/60 sec

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière
ISO 100 – 26mm – f8 – 1/200 sec

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière
ISO 100 – 18mm – f4.5 – 1/400 sec

Locals chatting at the Chinese Sales Event

Locals chatting at the Chinese Sales Event
ISO 100 – 62mm – f5.3 – 1/100 sec

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière

Chinese sales event on rue de la Gauchetière
ISO 100 – 35mm – f4.5 – 1/320 sec

Stall vendor at Chinese street sale

Stall vendor at Chinese street sale
ISO 100 – 105mm – f5.6 – 1/125 sec

Samurai Swords

Samurai Swords
ISO 100 – 70mm – f5.3 – 1/400 sec

This final image was disappointing in that not only the subject has his head down (the other shot I took had him with his eyes closed) but also the focus isn’t very crisp. I decided to post anyway because of the sign explaining what Dragon Beard Candy is:

“This unusual candy was once made only for the Emperors of China during state banquets. Dragons are a Chinese imperial symbol, and since the emperor’s candy resembles a long white beard, it came to be called dragon’s beard candy.

By turning this sugar dough into fine sugar threads, which are wrapped with ground peanuts, sesame, coconuts and chocolate, this delicious sweet is ready to be served.”

Sounded good and at only 0.75c or 4$ for a box of 6 seems good value – unfortunately I didn’t have any change on me, so may have to call back again tomorrow – and enjoy eating it while Tom Mon reveals what the future has in store for me :-/

Dragons' Beard Candy chef

Dragon’s Beard Candy chef
ISO 100 – 66mm – f5.3 – 1/250 sec

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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