from mexico city to ottawa
José Salgado photographed at the Minto Bridges.
Today was far from a traditionally ideal day for photography (blowing blustery snow), but it was an exceptional day to meet and photograph recent transplanted Mexican, José Salgado. About a week ago José emailed me sharing how much he loved his new city, Ottawa. His letter was eloquent and passionate – I had no choice but to make a photo happen! Since moving here 2 1/2 years ago from Mexico City, José quickly fell in love with Ottawa – with it’s green spaces and it’s clean and safe neighbourhoods. He also really loves how open-minded and opportunity focused Ottawa is and how truly interested people are in the arts, culture and supporting new small businesses.
© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project
José really loves just how open and friendly everyone is here in Ottawa, and he’s blown away that he can actually play soccer with his friends on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings in the summer without any permission. “You can do just about anything here in Ottawa!”.
I love asking everyone for their favourite Ottawa restaurants and José had many! His all time favourite is Side Door Restaurant for their contemporary menu, and for authentic Mexican cuisine there’s only one place – Los Tacos de Mauro on Dalhousie (especially for his favourite Sunday morning dish chilaquiles con huevo). Another favourite place is 3 Brothers Shawarma for their famous secret garlic sauce – and for the best authentic Vietnamese food, José loves Vietnam Palace on Somerset.
Thanks José for reaching out and sharing – and of course for braving the blowing snow and my camera today! Here’s a link to a facebook group that José facilitates every Monday. Men in Motion