Tochi Galdiano

Graphic designer + illustrator

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Merienda

In Argentina we have our very own version of afternoon tea: merienda. Since our food culture consists in four meals a day, merienda plays an important part in our everyday lives.
It's tipically had around 5pm through 7pm and it consists in a warm or cool drink and lots of baked goods, specially croissants and "criollos" (little square butter scone-like things). 
Merienda is also a time to gather with friends and family. The meal is usually centered around our national infusion: mate. It's a type of strong green tea (the leaves are called "yerba") and it's drinked from a gourd-like container with or without sugar. If it's a gathering, the meal is usually potluck style: everybody brings their favourite homemade baked good or freshly baked from a patisserie.

For me, since I work from home, merienda is the end of my workday. I use it to ease my mind, engage in refreshing conversation and maybe get the energy I need for the rest of the evening.

Since I usually spend this time at home with my family, here are the key words I had for this shoot:

  • Home
  • Cozy
  • Warm 
  • Traditional

We're right in the middle of summer, here in Argentina. So this means lots of lighter food and cool drinks.
While my mum had her mate, I had some iced tea.
Inspired by Marte Marie, I made some whole weat Norwegian waffles. We paired them with traditional Argentine quince jam and cream cheese.

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The insights given in this class were very helpful! Very excited to keep practicing them while documenting our lives and including them in my photography business :)

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