Menya Mappen, Sydney CBD

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This cold and rainy weather has made me all about the soupy noodles these days and one of my faves is the udon at Menya Mappen in the CBD. Check those silky half-boiled eggs, man! I’m the biggest sucker for runny yolk and it’s the smooth, creamy ontama that brings me back errrrr’time. That up there, is the chilli pork udon with 2 eggs. Fuck yeah.

Apart from being delicious, I love Mappen for the the fun little experience that it is. From the old Japanese movie posters that deck the walls to the way you order, it’s a nice retreat from the cold outside and makes you feel like you could be somewhere completely different.

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This joint works cafeteria style. You line up, tell the nice man or lady what you want (Udon or soba? Soup or sauce? Beef? Pork? Chilli pork? How many eggs?) then slide on over to the tempura and sides bar. I usually skip past all this and just go crazy on the tempura flakes and shallots but wakame is always pretty tasty if you can fit in a side.

07.21-Menya-Mappen-2Before you can enjoy your meal, though, you need to find somewhere to park yo’ ass. The idea is to order first and sit later – you’re not supposed to save yourself a seat before you order and you’ll see signs telling you so. While the thought of trying to find somewhere to sit whilst balancing a tray of hot noodle soup might bring on the cold sweats, it’s generally pretty alright - people eat their stuff and GTFO. Once you’ve secured a spot, sit, relax and sluuuuurrrrrrp! If you like your spice, don’t forget the shichimi… and to return your tray when you’re done!

Zen Garage Photo Walk – Rozelle Tram Depot – 17.08.14

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This tram shed and all the amazing graff it acts as a canvas for is soon to be demolished to make way for an exciting new residential development. A case of now or never to get on in there and take some snaps, which is why Justin organised this Zen Garage Photo Walk.

This had been in the diary for a while and there was some anxiety around the weather which hadn’t been so great but this wasn’t going to be a deal breaker (thanks to the ponchos that were on hand), just a little inconvenient, especially for someone trying to get rid of a cold. I’m actually quite glad that it had been raining, the puddles made for some interesting shots and things to see!

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We met at Zen Garage before heading out on our way through Lilyfield. Luck was on our side because the rain cleared right up, without a single drop falling from the sky! Amazing!

I was intimidated at first by all the proper DSLRs and fancy lenses out on the day but had a great time practising and getting more acquainted with my little X100. While a lot of my shots sucked dogs’ balls, I did manage to get a few in that I don’t mind sharing on the intrawebz. The sheds were amazing but I think my favourite shots were taken en route.

Some pretty leaf litter on on the way

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Gorgeous little daisies too…

08.17-zen-photowalk-overgrown_oBefore, of course, reaching our destination to marvel at all the awesome graff adorning the sheds’ walls. This one was overgrown with moss and greenery – I love how nature just takes back over when humans just fuck off! YEEEAAAAH! #thewaythingsarewhentheyjustare

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Speaking of things being as they should be, we weren’t actually supposed to be roaming around in there given it’s a live working site. Before too long, some security guys and a couple of cop cars showed up to escort us out. BUSTEDDD! We were, after all, trespassing. The officers were really nice about it, though, which was the final piece of luck to fall into place.

It was such a good day! Great company (new friends!), great luck and an interesting end to the adventure (:

I’ll post more shots onto my flickr and 500px accounts as I get through the rest of the photos.