Category Archives: Travel

Art Gallery of New South Wales: Australians

Eddie Pensier writes: More AGNSW pictures, this one focusing on the museum’s works by Australian artists. (I’m using a loose definition: artists who were either born or died or spent a substantial part of their lives in Australia.) I was … Continue reading

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Art Gallery of New South Wales: Europeans

Eddie Pensier writes: Another batch of paintings from my visit to the AGNSW, this one focusing on European and British artists. I’m particularly fond of Strutt’s coolly triumphal David’s First Victory, the barely suppressed sexuality under the surface of Sallé’s … Continue reading

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The Culture That Is Japan

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Daiso Japan is a Japanese-based retailer that specializes in cutesy cheap crap — curios, stationary, toys, kitchen supplies, cosmetics, toiletries, seasonal goods, etc. It’s an Asian Dollar Tree, with few exceptions, everything in the store is $1.50. The company … Continue reading

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(Mostly) Clothed Ladies Of The Week: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Eddie Pensier writes: My long weekend in Sydney included not only culture of the liquid sort, but actual art. I’ve been to Sydney dozens of times and somehow failed to visit the AGNSW, an oversight I regret after having spent … Continue reading

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Cocktail Du Jour (Sydney Hipster Bar Edition, Part 2)

Eddie Pensier writes: “Dublin or Nothing” (Jameson, benedictine, peach, pineapple, ginger) and “Annabel Lee Martini” (raisin-infused gin, spiced maple syrup, orange, lemon) at the Baxter Inn, located in the same dingy central Sydney alleyway as The Barber Shop and certainly one … Continue reading

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Cocktail Du Jour (Sydney Hipster Bar Edition, Part 1)

Eddie Pensier writes: “Valerie” (gin, maraschino liqueur, blueberry/rosemary shrub, lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, and pink salt) and “Shave & Tonic” (gin, Becherovka bitters, mandarin juice, lemon, and tonic) at The Barber Shop, a Sydney bar which is also (you guessed it) … Continue reading

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Belcampo Meat Co. at Grand Central Market

Blowhard, Esq. writes: L.A.’s Grand Central Market has been undergoing a renaissance over the past few years. When a friend and I were there three years ago, the food offerings ranged from mediocre to lousy. While the middling places we ate … Continue reading

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