Sketch&Lunch-Korean

Sketch&Lunch-Korean. Today we ate kimchi, dumplings, clams, noodles, topokki, and drank sweet potato latte, citron tea, and ate red bean buns! What fun! Next Sketch&Lunch is Regional Chinese August. Last Monday of the month. Book with me by emailing your enquiry to erinhillstudiobluemountains@gmail.com

 

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Sketch&lunch-Indian

On the last Monday of the month Erin Hill Sketching holds a Sketch&lunch day trip. June’s trip was “A taste of India”. We limit group size to 8, and that way we can access smaller out of the way and off the tourist beat, cultural delights.

We met at the train station. Thats easy. Harris Park first, then later we headed to Wentworthville. For many of us, this in itself was an adventure! Then we proceeded to the most unlikely Indian brunch spot. Eggzone. The chef and owner Viral made delicious egg dishes that are so far removed from any egg curry you have ever had before. He spices his dishes with tradition, from his home town Baropa, in India. Absolutely divine, and most certainly an authentic experience. We tried pani puri and lassi’s too, had plenty of room for sketching and got to know each other a little.

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Next we headed down Harris Parks main Indian restaurant street. I like to help sketchers on the trip understand that return visits to an area will always delight them with something new to experience. This street is particularly alive on weekends and evenings and worth a return visit at a later date, especially now you know your way around.

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We popped into the sari shop for a quick sketch, then it was time to catch our train to Wentworthville for a look and feel of another big Australian Indian population area. We bought spices, sketched the unique fruit and vegetables (got told we couldn’t photograph them!? good! he must be a sketcher….) and tasted some of the best Indian sweets Sydney has to offer. I know, Ive tried them all….

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Then down to a little bustling street food cafe Ive been going to for a long while now. We tasted Dosa Masala (a few of us tried other things too) and experienced first hand the culture of little India in Sydney. Noisy, bustling, a little frenetic, and always lots of delicious smells, colour and movement.

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Back at the train station we said goodbye to each other, got our Train timetable apps on our phones, and found our way home again. I crunched on Indian spiced chickpea snacks and sipped my mango lassi in the quiet carriage all the way home. Crunch.

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To Book or make an enquiry, email Anna at erinhillstudiobluemountains@gmail.com

Sketch&Lunch-Vietnamese

We meet once a month (last Monday of the month) for some sketching, shopping of unique ingredients and eating of delicious lunch. Our first ever Sketch&Lunch was all about Vietnam this month. We met at the water buffalo and decided to sketch it whilst waiting for the rest of the group to join us. The water buffalo is on Freedom plaza in Cabramatta.

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Next we headed to the Vietnamese bakery, where I introduced students to the delights of the Vietnamese donut, and a few basic skills in handling ourselves in a self serve bakery. Now what’s a donut, without a coffee. Straight to my favourite café in Cabramatta for a Ca phe sua da. A Vietnamese iced coffee. Here I gave a lesson on vignettes and creating a memoir of the day with a unique Vietnamese feel. What’s Vietnamese, what are the icons, the things that stand out, what’s unusual that you don’t usually see, how can you include that in your sketches?

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A bit of page planning, some sips of coffee, a taste of green tea, and we were off to pick up some essential supplies from the Vietnamese supermarket. I was able to help students find the things they have been having trouble finding, and also show them all the things that would make cooking Vietnamese dishes at home more authentic. Pho spices were popular, and I was sure to pick up my fresh rice noodles, loads of saw tooth coriander, perilla and rice paddy herb. YUM!

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So now we have had a chat to the locals, and wandered the aisles of the cooking equipment, its time for lunch!

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We settled on bun bo hue (spicy soup noodles), Vietnamese summer rolls, and the delicious workers streetfood dish of broken rice with marinated chargrilled pork, fried egg and pickles. We had to sketch fast, because we couldn’t wait to eat it all, and wasn’t it delicious. A few tips on how to draw food, how to make noodles look like noodles, and what to include and what to leave out.

As always, Vietnamese food, never fails to please. Anecdotes of trips to Vietnam were discussed, and plenty of sketching was done, then it was time to pick up a few more supplies, tropical fruits, daikon radishes and yam beans, then home we went with gorgeous sketches in our sketch books, full bellies, and anticipation for the next Sketch&Lunch Day.

To book the next Sketch&Lunch day, or send an enquiry please email Anna at erinhillstudiobluemountains@gmail.com