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New podcast – Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food

November 16th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food

Arriving as an exchange student from California, Nancy Singleton Hachisu originally planned a short visit to Japan, but 26 years later – she’s still there. A relationship with a Japanese organic farmer is what upended her plans and saw her settling into an 80-something-old farmhouse that’s been passed down his family for multiple generations. During […]

Where we ate in Tokyo

March 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Travel | 11 Comments »

Where we ate in Tokyo

Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind city – a place that launches you to the outer limits of the hi-tech universe, while rewinding timelines so seamlessly that its reverence for slower-paced tradition and ceremony also trips you out. It’s one of my favourite capitals in the world, seemingly built on standard units of things I love: good […]

‘From Scrolls To Zines’ – an exhibition

January 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Events | Leave A Comment »

‘From Scrolls To Zines’ – an exhibition

So this sneaky post has very little to do with food, but I hope you don’t mind me mentioning that I’m in an exhibition that opens next week. There will be copies of my Japan zine on show (and for sale, for anyone with spare pocket change) at Janet Clayton Gallery. The exhibition is called […]

Japan zine, MCA Zine Fair

May 19th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Zines | 10 Comments »

Japan zine, MCA Zine Fair

My zine is now available online here. Things I’ve learned from making my zine on Japan: ramen vans are the country’s equivalent of ice-cream vans (complete with ramen-van theme song), Kit Kat flavours are oddly educational (like an edible Wikipedia of Japanese customs) and there’s a bakery in Tokyo that has a seven-year wait for […]

Things we ate in Tokyo

December 31st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Travel | 6 Comments »

Things we ate in Tokyo

Flower-shaped monaka from Toraya Tabi Bagel in Tokyo doesn’t have a closing hour. The shop opens at 7am and the doors shut once the last bagel is sold. Sometimes this happens in just one whirlwind hour, as I learnt through Justine. To visit this tiny bakery, you may have to play tough with the snooze […]

Things we ate in Kyoto

December 25th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Travel | Leave A Comment »

Things we ate in Kyoto

For any Twitter-weary people out there, here’s a case for the defence: it helps you find amazing places to visit overseas. During a research-binge on where to eat in Japan, I posted this throwaway tweet: “In Japan, ham is considered a vegetable” -> OK, my attempt to find good vego-friendly places to dine at in […]

Things we ate in Osaka, part two

December 18th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Travel | 1 Comment »

Things we ate in Osaka, part two

I went to Enjoy! Cafe in search of a bear. Instead, I got a Siamese heart. And a snowman. Here, customising your coffee goes beyond just tapping in the odd packet of sugar; instead, you can request a drawing in your coffee: a rabbit, leaf or not-quite-scientific girl (really, a charming loveheart with a female […]

Things we ate in Osaka, part one

December 14th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Travel | 4 Comments »

Things we ate in Osaka, part one

At A-Style Kitchen in Osaka, you sit under lights made from colanders or jam jars now onto their second (brighter) life. Things feel time-worn – but not old – and out the window, you can watch kids jumble through the park, grandparents cruising happily on their bikes or hipsters-on-wheels, zigzagging through as they juggle a phone […]

Confectionery surprises from Japan

July 5th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Confectionery surprises from Japan

I was lucky to recently receive a Japanese care package from Amy who runs the wonderful Pretty Pretty Yum Yum – a sugar-dazed blog full of the colour and hyper-charm of Osaka’s food and fashion scene. She also sweetly asked me to review some Kitkats that she kindly sent through, so if you’re choc-curious, you […]

Pretty Pretty Yum Yum (again)

May 8th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Pretty Pretty Yum Yum (again)

Amy’s Pretty Pretty Yum Yum covers the highlighter-bright spectrum of food and fashion in Japan and is definitely one of my favourite blogs. Whether it features the delightfully weird (like Salty Chocolate Crunch or all-mayo restaurants) or just monumentally cute (smiley face ice cream, turtle-shaped bread), Pretty Pretty Yum Yum always manages to add a […]

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

All the good pictures on this blog are by photography ace (and patient boyfriend), Will Reichelt, (all the dodgy ones can be credited to me)!

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