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Mojo, baby.

One can’t help but be drawn into Luke Mangan’s headquarters in Waterloo with the lovely offering of flowers outside and a view to stir one’s curiosity.

Upon walking in you’re greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. We were spoilt for choice for a spot as we opted for a later lunch and to be honest it was a cracker of a day and I think everyone else was at the beach.

Love the interior here. It’s a wonderful warehouse conversion. It has the right splash of yellow, a smattering of sunshine while maintaining the industrial edge.

We started with the vegetable chips, with the most wonderful guacamole and Mum’s tomato chutney, which is sweet and oh wait, there it is! Mum’s added some fire in that sauce.

Okay let’s backtrack a step, I lied, we ordered a bottle of wine first. When in Mojo, hop on the Luke Mangan wine train and indulge in the 2012 TarraWarra Rose from the Yarra Valley in Victoria. It’s a must, especially with the unexpected hot Spring day sprung upon us. She’s elegant, fruity and dry. And she makes you come back for more.

Next we find the slow cooked duck & mustard fruit cigars with tomato relish on the table. These little guys are crispy, smoky, and marry well with the relish.

The chopped house salad soon joined the table and has all the right flavours, textures and colours. Cos lettuce, radish, cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, spinach, hazelnuts, all with a sesame dressing. It’s a perfect match to cut through the decadent cigars.

Nice work Luke, and truth be told, if your Mum were in the house, she’d get a hug from me. LOVE that sauce!

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Mojo Luke_Mangan Waterloo

So 9, so good!

We ended up eating dinner here by pure chance. I’d noticed the cute takeaway wall on Danks Street a week earlier and returned to inspect further. Okay, let’s be honest here, it was to have a snoop and the urge to resist was won over by our rumbling tummies.

The banh xeo tom thit [Vietnamese pancake with prawn and pork] arrived first, and was as pretty as a picture. The bo sa cuon [lemongrass beef rice paper rolls] quickly followed suit and lastly the goi du du kho bo [green papaya salad with dried beef].

We toggled between dishes, breaking conversation by making inappropriate noises out of pure delight. Especially that papaya salad, what a knockout!

My friend suggested dessert. I screwed my face up however my mouth said, “yes”. And what a huge mistake it would have been to skip the bo bia ngot. Where on earth has this been all my life? This is special.

I tried to save some for my flatmate and I’m not sorry to say that I quickly gobbled the last morsel as though he was there and had averted his eyes quickly. The dessert made me do it. These little rice paper parcels hold in-house made honeycomb, shredded coconut and are sprinkled with black sesame seeds and dipped in a coconut sauce. Yummy.

The second dessert was the donut enveloping housemade banana icecream with peanuts and coconut. The mouth mumbled, “stop it” while the flavours danced over my tastebuds.

We chatted with Kim, the owner, who created so.9 as an homage to her father. She’s first generation Vietnamese and arrived here in the late 70s. She’s warm as well as passionate and we felt humbled that she would share her story with us.

Eventually we left. All with satiated, slightly swelling tummies full of goodness. And when I got home I popped the groceries in the fridge that I had forgotten about in my backpack…. talk about distraction.

http://www.so9.com.au
Shop 1, CASBA
18 Danks Street
Waterloo, NSW, 2017

Money for Martinis so.9
Money for Martinis so.9

Brook Andrew’s giant geometric beauties at The Cutaway.

You may remember the Travelling Colony of seven hand-painted caravans for the 2012 Sydney Festival which explored and celebrated Redfern’s people, culture and community. Well, Brook Andrew is the first to open an exhibit at the Cutaway gallery in the Barangaroo site.

The Weight of History, The Mark of Time, is a large scale installation that promises to play on the senses as the four floating sculptures ‘breath’ and are lit internally adding another dimension. The soundscape accompanying the installation by Theodore Wohng, De Anima, is based on Aristotle’s idea of the soul. We’re a little excited to experience this in the flesh.

You really should experience these giant geometric beauties for yourself. We had a snoop during our lunch hour an can’t wait to get closer on the weekend.

More info here:
http://barangaroo.sydney/things-to-do/brook-andrew-installation/

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Itching to get your doodle on?

Itching to get your doodle on? Well pop the pen to the paper and submit your inky wonderments here to be among the 12 selected for the ‘Draw me a Calendar’ competition.

30 bucks for one submission or 50 for two. Black ink on white paper only, doll faces and entries in by Monday September 21.

Click here for entry forms and the rest from the ArtSHINE guys:
http://www.artshinegallery.com/#!draw-me-a-calendar-2016/cakp

PC: Inkspiration from @getfunkt

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Did someone say “geometric”?

Saturday was a spectacular day! Why? Because we almost faint with excitement with anything geometric.

We popped into the Geometrica show at the Mild Manners​ gallery. This is our first visit to the gallery and it’s lovely. You hop through a book/records store and up the stairs to an light and airy space. We particularly love the hues of the pink coming through the back window. Yummy.

It was great to have a chat to the curator, Amber Creswell Bell, who puts on about 4 shows a year. Congrats to you and the artists!

Better get in quick as there are only 3 days left to catch it. This Thursday to Sunday, at 1/499 Crown Street, Surry Hills.

Artists in the snap are @genevievefelixreynolds @emmalipscombe_ @evi_o @liamsnootle on insta.

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The skin you’re in.

We jumped into Homeat735 last Sunday to have a sneaky peek at what was on the walls.

Savina Hopkins’ latest collage work is intriguing to say the least. With the use of bandaids she has explored the notion that they imply damage, healing, trauma and care. Each portrait’s face’s tones are created from using dressings with various tones, textures, patterns and transparencies.

Check out her page here and hop down to the gallery to see them in the ‘flesh’ [had to squeeze a dad joke in there somewhere!]:
http://savinahopkins.blogspot.com.au/p/home.html

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Flowers and People Cannot be Controlled but Live Together.

In our lovely little gallery hop on Saturday we discovered this sweet gem at Martin Browne Contemporary in Paddo.

This interactive digital installation is called Flowers and People Cannot be Controlled but Live Together by teamLab. The flowers grow before your eyes from bud to bloom then the petals float away leaving the flowers to fade. The viewer interacts to start or end the process.

Watch a larger scale installation here in action. Beautiful and tranquil.
http://www.team-lab.net/en/all/art/kunisaki.html

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Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

Saturday was an absolute cracker of a day so we opted for sunny art gallery hop in Paddo. We headed to the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery​. And boy was it delicious. We caught ourselves licking our lips. Jim Lambie’s work is tantalising to say the very least. And quite frankly we want those floors to pave our paths with every step we take. The show runs until September 26.

More info here:
http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/308/Jim__Lambie/1647/

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The Archibald Prize is free for ANZ customers this weekend.

You’re Wynning [I know, another dad joke!] if you are an ANZ customer entry is FREE for the whole weekend to see the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman prizes this weekend at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Off you go then!

We LOVED Karl de Waal’s submission. What are your thoughts on these miniature masterpieces?

Karl de Waal

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