The exciting exhibition is running for a limited time only, at the Art Gallery NSW, from now until the 8th March 2020. Adults are charged at $25 and children are charged at $12.
A fun and mesmerising experience, where visitors are introduced to Japanese folklore, from ghosts, shapeshifters, spirits and mischievous goblins. At the entrance, visitors are given the choice to carry an audio device (highly recommend), which senses the visitor when entering each gallery room. Different music is played, setting and enhancing the experience. Some artworks have an audio recording, which provides visitors information and stories for each artwork. I loved the little activities placed on some artwork labels, for the children to interact with the artwork or exhibition.
The amazing Japanese artists you will find there are: Takashi Murakami, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Chiho Aoshima, Fuyuko Matsui and Miwa Yanagi.
Through this immersive exhibition, I’ve definitely discovered and appreciate the Japanese folklore and the artists’ work behind each piece. My favourite highlight artworks are on this post, but to be honest, there was much more that I wanted to take a photo of. Take your time to read each artwork description and try it with the audio device, for an enhanced experience.
With over 180 works and each gallery having their own unique theme, you will be hypnotised by the stories behind each artwork and like me… wanting to comeback for more!
4/52 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill NSW
Located along Weston Lane, you’ll find ample parking and it’s less than a 3 minute walk from Rooty Hill station. I believe A-Team’s Kitchen has been at the current location for 2+ years, however have re-branded and re-named the restaurant. I liked the relaxed feel, simple interior reminiscent of food eateries in the Philippines.
Specialising in authentic Filipino meals, desserts and has a coffee-maker for coffee lovers! I would have loved to taste their own version/creation of taho. The mass-produced taho lacked in sweetness and freshness. Though can’t complain, it melds well after a heavy feed. You will find all the classics here, from rice meals, main dishes and BBQ meat sticks! It was glossing in oil and surprisingly it didn’t taste oily at all, it was sweet and tender. Just scroll through the glorious food below, try not to drool.
Averagely priced, it has positioned itself as an ultimate food stop, when you’re craving for that comfort food! I highly recommend their turon, it was amazing! Sweet whilst being soft inside and it’s a decent size. A-Team’s Kitchen is the type of restaurant you’d come back to again and again.
93 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW
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Jambo Jambo is an Ethiopian restaurant, serving cuisines that are normally served in Ethiopia. Don’t be fooled with the size of the place, because it actually goes all the way back, accomodating to small-large groups comfortably. The interior was beautifully lavished with colour, quite entertaining actually, seeing works I believe was from Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.
The menu is filled with meat and vegetarian options, meat such as lamb, beef, goat and chicken. There’s actually quite a bit of items that are spicy or hot, which I think really makes their dishes come alive. We ordered the Jambo Course, which allowed us to choose up to 3 dishes, comes with a mixed entree and dessert afterwards. I found this super interesting and enjoyable, got to use our hands to break off chapati and fill it with our chosen meats! I highly recommend you ordering this, which is perfect for 2 people.
Service was quick, efficient, explained what items we had and I recommend you asking the team for recommendations if it’s your first time. The owner came out and kindly checked up on all the customers dinning, which I found was lovely. I’d love to come back, maybe with a larger group next time!
Shop 11/418 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041
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Visited during a bright lit day, it was a refreshing start. With plentiful street parking, Mr. Cafe is located comfortably in a quiet suburb, with ample open indoor and outdoor seating. The staff are friendly, prompt and I can say the same thing when the food came out. Coffee was strong but beautifully roasted.
I got what I heard was popular from their menu, which was the ricotta filled cinnamon doughnuts. It was tastefully topped with honey, ginger and peach crumbs and half a peach on the side. The dough was sugary and soft and with the fillings, it gave another hit of sweetness. Ordered another plate of sandwich, separating chicken, avocado and eggs. I definitely would come back!
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Running between the 18/08 till the 27/08 this local event was a breath of fresh air! If you have not been to or would like a taste of Japanese culture with the beautiful backdrop of these gorgeous flowers, this festival is a must.
There were 3 areas that had rows of cherry blossoms, you be sure to have your gadgets ready for the ultimate snaps! With my visit, we were blessed with clear blue skies which made the trip more picturesque. Be sure to enter early so you avoid the crowds. There were various other programs, such as a sumo stadium, oragami, silent disco, cosplay and live entertainment. For just $5 for entry, you not only get to relax against the blossoms but you also get treated to a variety of tasty Japanese cuisines!
1/28 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011
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I have heard of this name previously, and since I was in the area it was perfect timing to drop by! Just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, you will find yourself submerged in the upbeat and cosy feel of this Chinese restaurant.
I love open kitchen concepts, it brings entertainment to your table as well as excitement. Billy Kwong uses this in its layout flawlessly, where E and I sat at the bar watching the chefs do their magic, whilst sipping through their delicious drinks menu. The price point is normal, from $17 upwards to $48, and the dishes came out timely. Friendly staff and made you feel welcome.
We were treated to flavoursome dishes, that highlights the mixture of Australian and Chinese ingredients. The main notes I experienced were the peppery, salty, sour and sweet notes in each dish and I wished I had a larger stomach to keep going through their menu! Their wontons were to die for and their spicy omelette was soft, crisp and heavenly. The pictures I took are a bit dim, so it doesn’t fully capture the presentation but it isn’t short of amazing. I almost forgot… their green matcha gelato is the best I’ve tasted, two scoopes was not enough!
58 Kensington Street, Chippendale, 2008
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From it’s modern interior and incorporating bits of the ‘jungle’ within the cafe, splashes of green within the sleek, industrial furniture, you will feel part of the busy bustle of Sydney! At the same time finding a comfortable sanctuary within the cafe.
Its menu emphasises the importance of not only serving amazing coffee, that Sydney is known for, but also highlighting local plant-based ingredients and “ethically-sourced meats”. I got my avocado on toast and the avocado paste was amazing! The consistency was thick, sweet and it was not over-powering. Also the vibrancy in their dishes was captivating, don’t you want to eat food that not only tastes good but also appealing?
It is a new cafe that landed in the hip part of Sydney, check it out!
116 Blues Point Rd, McMahons Point NSW 2060
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Recommended by a mate of E’s, Blues Point Hotel has a cosy and charming bistro where it is great to visit, after a long week of work. I couldn’t get over how the lounge area looked! Now back to the bistro…
Their menu was interesting, in that they incorporated a variety of flavours. Offering salads, grilled items to your usually pub food, pastas burgers, curries and seafood. The service was extremely fast and the quality of the foods were comforting! I left quite full and I was digging the flavour of their curry. The pepper squid was to die for, the mayonnaise and lime that came with it, was a tasty blend.
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Had so much fun here, basically if you want to challenge yourself whilst working out this is the place to be! We had visited the branch at The Hills location, based at the Cumberland State Forest.
At the start you get a fun run-down on how to attach yourself on the ropes, and you are told there are three courses you can complete in order. Green, blue and then red. I stopped after blue, because of how challenging it was already to my brain haha. I have a fear of heights, and the first two courses had already pushed my limits. I did hear from E and my brother, that the red course wasn’t difficult and was just as fun! Courses include, wobbly bridges, rope ladders, cargo nets and zip lines to name a few.
I did hear the black course will be completed about 2 months from now, I am super keen to check out the other locations. The next day, you can immediately feel muscle soreness, for me it was my core, back of my arms and back.
17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
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I truly enjoyed having dinner here, it is also a bonus that it was literally down from where I work. Admittedly it is a hard place to miss, as it is tucked on the side. Be sure to visit!
Share platters is what you’ll find, which I think is perfect. It blends beautifully with the casual atmosphere, alongside with their scrumptious cocktails. Service was upbeat, be sure to ask what is their recommendations. I’ll let the photos show the rest…