I came across some beautiful anthuriums yesterday which made me think of the work I’ve seen from Ren Hang and FKA twigs – both of whom I am all ♥︎♥︎♥︎ about. These flowers. I mean, just look at them! So bold, exoctic. Yonic yet phallic. Characteristics I love, of the the work of these two artists.
REN HANG x ANTHURIUMS
A photographer based and working out of Beijing, I love his images which so interestingly play with the juxtaposition and composition of his subject matter. From amusing to trippy, and provocative to confronting (read: graphic), I never get bored scrolling through his tumblr (totes NSFW, by the way) which, for me is like going down a rabbit hole. He’s even shot his mum!
FKA TWIGS x ANTHURIUMS
Starting out as a dancer, now a singer, song writer and producer, this chick is just killinnnnngggg it. Her stuff was like nothing I had ever heard when I stumbled upon it, and the only way I can describe her music confidently is… by saying that I can’t really describe it. A newer video has since been released for this song but this one will always be the one that sticks out in my mind. I WANT TO SEE THIS GODDESS SO BAD.
Image of anthuriums adapted from original photo by Tatters
Sydney has been in the grips of a fried chicken obsession for the past little while with a reasonable amount of attention being brought to joints like the recently imported Hot Star Large Fried chicken, hitting our shores from Taiwan and its longer-standing Korean counterparts like Arisun, The Sparrow’s Mill and Beschico. Then, of course, there’s the Southern-style (oh lawd is dat sum) chicken that we’ve all become acquainted with at the likes of Mary’s in Newtown (recipe here, thanks to the folks at TheThousands).
For the purpose of this post, it will be all about NaruOne, the Korean place I’ve been waxing lyrical about and fiending at over the last couple of months or so. I’ve been here more times than I care to admit, but hey, I’m carrying out my duty as a decent human being and improving the lives of the people who are yet to experience the wonder of yangnyeom and gangjung chicken.
There’s not much to it really, because the first picture pretty much sums it up. There are only two things you need to know how to order and that is the boneless fried chicken (yangnyeom dak) and sweet spicy chicken (dak gangyung). If you don’t think you can polish a plate of each of these, you can just go halfsies. I would probably also recommend some rice to balance out the sweet, sticky, slightly sour and spicy sauce of the gangjung.
Oh. And there’s the banchan. Don’t be alarmed by the army of small plates that waitstaff will bring over to you before you’ve even ordered. These are just the complimentary side dishes that go with most Korean meals. They’re pretty good, so don’t be shy. I love the pickled carrots and radish – they work nicely to cut through the gangyung.
Not one to be set in my ways, (as tried and truly tested as they may be sometimes), we ventured a little further than the fried chicken and down the path to what the menu describes as “Spicy chicken with cheese”. We weren’t sure what we had gotten ourselves into when this fucking mountain of a thing came out but it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-! Chicken, onion, rice cakes (ddukbokkie) topped with cheese, coleslaw and spring onion all came together… to make us all come together (: Don’t be fooled by how unappetising this may look in this terrible phone pic. I would probably order this instead of the gangjung if it was variety that I was going for. Of course, rice is a good idea to go with this one as well.
Crashing in on Justin and Alain’s man-date the other week was the perfect opportunity for me to finally check out The Oxford Tavern. This joint was better known for its former life as a topless waitress pub and while it’s unfortunate that this is no more, the reincarnation did bring about a welcome facelift and rise to a new menu that carries on this place’s appeal to guys in the form of ‘dude food’.
Sliders, fries with sour cream, bacon, green onions and Sriracha, pulled short rib nachos and popcorn squid – all washed down with a big jug of beer. All I can say about the BBQ sauce on those nachos is “ohhhhh laaaawwwwd”.
The beer garden complete with some greenery and festival lights. I do love the treehouse feel.
That exposed brick, mane. If it’s worth being mentioned in an AirBnB ad, it’s worth mentioning here. Perfect place for a long, lazy lunch and afternoon courtyard chill!