Friday, August 3, 2018

Spice Theory Turramurra - Experience the Flavours of Southern India

Last week Vivienne and I were very pleased to accept an invitation to try out the brand-new, Spice Theory Indian Restaurant in Turramurra on Sydney's Upper North Shore. Well we were certainly in for a special treat. Only opened 10 days before; there was a young family already there enjoying a meal as we arrived at 6.30 sharp, and a group of eight arrived not long after us; it seems the word is already getting out about this beautiful new restaurant.

We were met by restaurateur Kailash who has been in the Indian food dining business for 30 years. Learning he was born in Mangalore and that Spice Theory is his new project to bring the flavours of Southern India to the hungry people of the North Shore. So of course we leave tonights menu completely in his hands, though not before mentioning that both Vivienne and I 'love spice, we love the heat'. 
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 The spicy and delicious Mini Keema Dosa entree, Indian Food, Spice Theory Restaurant, Turramurra, Sydney. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Shortly after being seated we are served with a basket of crisp pappadams and fresh mint and cucumber sauce; something to keep our hands and taste buds busy as we take in the restaurant decor, which is clean and modern with classic crisp white tablecloths. It's not long before out first entree arrives, the Mini Keema Dosa, beautifully spiced lamb in a crisp light Indian crepe accompanied by lentel broth in a tiny copper pot and fresh coconut chutney. This starter sets our mouths watering and our expectations for the rest of the meal on high alert!
 Lentel broth in a tiny copper pot, Indian Food, Spice Theory Restaurant. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Crisp pappadams and fresh mint and cucumber sauce. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The next arrivals are a classic Chicken Tikka with green leaf on the side, very generous portion size, flavourful and succulent, we devour all on the plate. Then Dahi Poori Chaart looking show stoppingly good and tastes great too - it's my first experience of this dish - the lightness of the  Gol Gappa Puris (shells), they make their own of course, the creamy fillings mixed with potato, chick pea, the crispness of the fine Sev (noodle); it's a wonderful explosion of taste and textures in the mouth.
 An entree serve of Chicken Tikka at Spice Theory, Turramurra. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Delicate and delicious, Dahi Poori Chaart, entree at Spice Theory. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
By this time we are thinking, wow, three entrees, that's a meal right there; and then, along come our mains. Butter Chicken and Beef Vindallo served with light fluffy, perfect rice and a basket of Garlic Naan breads - how did they know! I want to take a slight detour here to mention my deep regret of having avoided Vindallo for half my life for fear of the heat; and now knowing what I was missing out on.. My recommendation, don't be afraid of the spice! Give it a go at least once in your life. And.. Spice Theory might be the best place for novice Vindalloers (yes I made that term up) to give this dish a go. Rich in flavour with a salty note that was new to me, this Vindallo was a taste treat but not with the heat I have come to expect. On mentioning this to Kailash at the end of the meal, he assured me that they had the heat in the kitchen one only had to ask. So if you want your Vindallo hot - make sure to mention it when ordering.
A serving bowl of delicious Beef Vindallo at Spice Theory Restaurant. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Perfect rice at Spice Theory. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A serving of Beef Vindaloo at Spice Theory Restaurant. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
All our dishes were of the finest quality, with well balanced spice and aromatics, this included the Butter Chicken. More of that delicious marinated and tandoori cooked chicken in a subtle and creamy sauce. If this is your go-too Indian dish you will not be disappointed.
 A serving of Butter Chicken at Spice Theory Restaurant. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
When presenting a portfolio of your work, you want a strong start and a strong finish with nothing 'less' in between, and our desert of Rose Panna Cotta fulfilled the promise of the whole meal. The rose was aromatic, distinct - without becoming cloying, exotic - perfect! We were so full we had opted to share, that may have been been a mistake; a delightful dish and yes, the perfect end to our meal.
Rose Panna Cotta, desert at Spice Theory Restaurant.  Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
From our spicy lamb Mini Keema Dosa, which was the dish with the hottest spices we experienced on the night, through tasty sides, moist chicken and beef dishes, generous servings; and well balanced flavours of Southern India, great service, and friendly atmosphere. A quality addition to eating out on the Upper North Shore - Spice Theory at Turramurra from my experience comes highly recommended. And of course if you want more heat - just ask! www.spicetheory.com.au/

Street Fashion Sydney was a guest of Spice Theory - no money changed hands - the views expressed in this review are entirely my own. Kent Johnson - Street Fashion Sydney.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

July Winter - Fashionable Art & Street Fashion Roundup

So much art, so much fashion and so little time to select, edit and present the pictures in a way that does justice to all those involved.. Oh what a torrid story. Actually I have become obsessed with a new camera technique and it's taken over most of my brains editing space! But not completely. Winter has had some great shows and these pictures are from my most recent art excursions. Absolutely loved Caroline Gibbes  first exhibition, Turning Heads at ArtHouse Gallery. Fashion wit and lovable ceramics all done with impeccable style (just like Caroline herself). How wonderful it would be to see, fashion vision of creativity more closely embraced in Australia - where I think it's often considered a dirty world! There are more shows and text following, so do scroll down - and horizontal pictures are now clickable to view larger - so enjoy, what a great art winter its been.
Ceramic heads with waving hands by Caroline Gibbes - Photography by Kent Johnson. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Hello - Can you See me! 

Ceramic Dogs heads by Caroline Gibbes - Photography by Kent Johnson.

Yes it's been cold - So apparently an off the shoulder jacket is the new thing - quite sensible in Sydney too, where there is never anywhere to hang your coat anyway! Seen at King on William and China Heights.
Greay parka worn off the shoulders with black crew neck jumper, fawn chinos and work  boots. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Mustard parkka worn off shoulder with black leggings with white stripe. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Anne Lynam at her show LOOK.  Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Anne Lynam, whom I consider a personal friend is having one of her amazing photography shows - LOOK at ARO Gallery. The works so good you can't even be jealous and the pictures are as mysterious as Anne! Go take a look for yourself.
Harrie Fasher - Studies in bronze and steel - at King on William Gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.
While you are still on William Street head up to see the amazing Iron and Bronze 'Horses' by Harrie Fasher - Studies in bronze and steel - at King on William Gallery.

Portrait of Tanja Bruckner photographer with artist Steve Tierney - Reflected at China Height Gallery. Photo by Kent Johnson.
Tanja Bruckner with artist Steve Tierney - Reflected at China Heights Gallery.
If it's Friday it must be China Heights - I'm surprised my first blog post from China Heights was not until May 2010 (SFS launched late 2008); simply because hanging out at shows at CH and taking photos there was certainly part of the impetus for creating Street Fashion Sydney. And as I have said to many people many times - Street Fashion Sydney was started to show people that creative things DO Happen in Sydney, you just need to show up and join in. Last Friday night at CH was certainly no exception, great art on show from Brooklyn Whelan and Steve Tierney, and plenty of style on show too. My hat goes off to the Directors of China Heights Gallery and the amazing way they have steered the space and continue to show innovative art that's not the mainstream commercial gallery scene.
Black jumper jeans ankle boots and soft leather bag. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Neon cloudscapes of Brooklyn Whelan at China Heights Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Coats and hats on show along with the Neon cloudscapes of Brooklyn Whelan at China Heights Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Scarf and Hair in sliver and magenta colours, silver backpack. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Fringes, hair styles seen at China Heights Gallery. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Digital native biding their time - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Leopard print coat, womwn prepare to enter the white cube of the China Heights Gallery space. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A young girl views art from a mans shoulders in a colourful tulle skirt. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A variety of boots - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Unique layering of lace shirt under a belted vest, jeans and a leather stockmans hat. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Fabric artworks at M Contemporary gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Fabric artworks by Cameron Stead at M Contemporary Gallery
Red sweatshirt with slogans - Seize the day - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
orange felt hat, tights, olive winter jacket, same orange beer can in hand. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

André Leon Talley - The Gospel According to André

Over the years whenever I saw this man in clips from fashion shows I always wondered just who this was, this person with an amazing presence, manner, unique sense of style and access all areas. His name is André Leon Talley and a documentary about his life and stratospheric rise in fashion starts playing at Palace cinemas today, 12 July 2018. I attended a media preview a week or so ago and found the movie enthralling. A rags to riches story of sorts, André's life begins in the Jim Crow era in the Southern USA, humble beginnings on the cusp of social upheaval. University and life changing meetings with artists, then on to NYC and working at The Factory for Andy Warhol - His First Job in NY!!! Thanks to time with Diana Vreeland.. There is plenty of complexity to the man and it takes some digging to get past the defences; but the fashion journey well documented from the first interview with Karl Lagerfeld onward and upward with plenty of fashion insights and anecdotes along the way.  I can't help but wonder about all the fashion documentaries we have been being gifted over the past few years from The September Issue, Lagerfeld Confidential, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. The houses remain standing but you can feel it's the end of an era. If you love fashion you will love this film.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pinky Blue - Art Student Style at Art House

Of course I find it irresistible to photograph someone who coordinates so well with a work of art - even if it means I end up with a personal conflict of interest if I photograph the artist too! And I am please to say I did indeed manage a portrait of the artist who's artwork you see here, James Ettelson at the opening of his show Everything Is at Art House gallery in Sydney. It's showing now and it's beautiful. How will I resolve this conflict? Easy - by asking you to check out Andrew's portrait over on my Street Fashion Sydney Facebook page, along with some other shots from the show; and.. while there don't for get to subscribe to my page! It's an easy way to keep up to date.
Pinky Blue - Art Student Style at Art House. A beautiful young woman wearing blue leather jacket, pink tee shirth beret with pin, paint smeared engineers dungarees, open fishnet gloves.. Painting by James Ettelson. Photograph by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Art student - Not the artist - a SFS portrait with a James Ettelson painting.

James Ettelson Everything Is at Art House gallery, Sydney.
21 June–14 July 2018.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Casual Comfort and Style

I spotted this lady walking along Old South Head Road while Viv and I were on the way to Art Atrium for an exhibition opening. I was going to grab a sneaky sneaker shot but when she stopped for the lights I simple asked for a Street Fashion Sydney shot and she agreed. Then we all introduced ourselves - but my memory is like a sieve! So here's to Adidas and Pearls, Style and Comfort. Thank you for the picture, it's much appreciated. Kent.  A senior citizen wearin a red winter coat over a black top with pearl necklace, tweedy pants and black Adidas sneakers. Seen on Old South Head Road Bondi Junction. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Last Weekend of Head On Round-Up and Art Around Town

Yes it's the last weekend of the 2018 edition of the Head On Photography Festival and the Festival Hub up at Sydney's Paddington Town Hall. Which also means its the last chance to see the exhibitions there and the Semi Finalists on the big screen - including me - or my portrait of Vivienne to be more precise. So you will want to check those shows out ASAP. www.headon.com.au/
Vivienne in Lyon, Semi Finalist Head On Portrait Prize 2018 by Kent Johnson
Vivienne in Lyon, Semi Finalist Head On Portrait Prize 2018
Also closing this weekend is Set Fire To the Sea Sinead Kennedy's The Pool Grant 2018 Exhibition at special group gallery 270 Devonshire street, Surry Hills. Very interesting show I was hoping to review but have not been back since the opening - fingers crossed to make it back tomorrow!
Photographer Sinead at her art opening, Set Fire to the Sea. Kennedy Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Street Fashion Sydney had a great time at William Yangs's exhibition launch at Maunsell Wickes but that show is now down; perhaps there is some work in the stock room; great show, there is always something to learn from viewing William Yang's work. Congratulations William.
William Yangs at his exhibition launch at Maunsell Wickes. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

There is still time to check out the fine art nudes show Tela Umana work by Lori Cicchini and Edmond Thommen at M2 Gallery near Central.

Model at Tela Umana with Lori Cicchini and Edmond Thommen. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

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You can also check out Nudes On Tap this Saturday as they hand out the prizes - from 5PM apparently!



Samantha Everton, Indochine at Art House Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Ok seems I'm a day late with this one too, the most astonishingly beautiful show of all.. Samantha Everton, Indochine at Art House Gallery, if you are quick they may still have something in the stock room..
www.arthousegallery.com.au/exhibitions/everton_samantha/indochine/

SO OK - ON NOW
Portrait of artist Thomas John Whelan at Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Fresh figurative paintings by fresh young painters The Radical Familiar until the 26th so you need to hustle along to Piermarq Gallery

Artist Oliver Wagner at Sarah Cottier Gallery for CHROMA. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Sarah Cottier Gallery opened CHROMA last night with Maria Cruz, Matthys Gerber, Brendan Van Hek,  Jonny Niesche, John Nixon, Andreas Reiter Raabe and Franz West, Oliver Wagner (Photographed) and Jonathan Zawada. Lovely show, check it out! http://www.sarahcottiergallery.com/

Bob Marchant show and 80th Birthdays at Australian Galleries. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Tuesday night I thought I was simply attending the Bob Marchant show at Australian Galleries but it seems we were all crashing his 80th birthday too - congratulations and Happy Birthday Bob! A very joyful and colourful exhibition, part survey show downstairs with new works in the upper gallery. On Now!
'Passaggio' Catherine Cloran at Barometer Gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Last but not least, blink and you will have missed it - 'Passaggio' Catherine Cloran which was on at Barometer Gallery in Paddington, semi abstract colour works from nature created in the Italian countryside. you can still view the show here on Catherine's website
www.catherinecloran.com/Exhibitions/Passaggio/

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Impromptu Men's Shoot in the Mensroom

You always need to be ready, you never know when opportunity will present itself. Seems to be a bit of a dark knight thing going on. Black denim - in the air tonight - model unknown..

Black denim, hell themed photoshoot in a graffiti covered men's bathroom, Sydney Australia by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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