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Happy 2013

January 8th, 2013  |  Published in Restaurants  |  6 Comments

Mexico, Surry Hills

Happy new year! I hope your resolutions have stayed unbroken (or were fun to bust – sometimes high-minded pledges are just too joyless to stick with). I also hope your days have been set on maximum levels of lazy – unless, of course, you’ve been escorted back to the office and those TV binge-watching marathons are over for now.

Today was my first day back at work – but before I was obliged to clock back in, I really enjoyed having some time off. I kept to ridiculous hours. I got through three and a half great books. I could not be discouraged from the Chuck Norris milkshake from Milk Bar By Cafe Ish or the Strawberry, Raspberry and Earl Grey Iced Tea from MakMak Macarons or the line-up of frozen margaritas at Mexico – Food and Liquor. I discovered that pearl oyster mushrooms are ridiculously easy to grow; the one catch being sometimes you have to awkwardly depart a social situation with the line, “I have to go home to mist my mushrooms”. (Not a euphemism!) I re-remembered that I will drink any cocktail with yuzu in it. I learnt that you can get surprisingly delicious salads from apple matchsticks, heirloom carrots and manchego (Luxe) or fennel, shiso and purslane (Fleetwood Macchiato). And that, just when your friends’ wedding could not get any sweeter, a four-tiered watermelon/mascarpone/rose cake from Black Star Pastry or unconditional scoops of Gelato Messina will make an appearance.

Now that my break is over, I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months bring. There’s already an El Loco pop-up at the Opera House. A new venture with Bodega and Porteno DNA – Mary’s – will open in Newtown. And Chocolate and Zucchini’s Clotilde Dusoulier releases her The French Market Cookbook in the middle of the year.

Happy 2013.



  1. happy new year ltl! here’s to a delicious 2013!

  2. leetranlam says:

    Thanks @chocolatesuze! Hope your 2013 is stacked with amazing meals, sweets and other memorable eats (macarons and ice cream, especially)!

  3. Kate says:

    Ah Lee Tran – your energy never ceases to amaze me! Missing all our old Sydney haunts now we’re living in San Francisco, but you provide a lovely cord through which to step back into home now and then. Kate x

  4. Happy 2013 Lee Tran. May 2013 be even bigger and better than 2012!

  5. Neen says:

    Haha, ‘I have to go home and mist my mushrooms’. What a crack up 🙂

    Happy New Year – looking forward to another year of reading about your culinary journeys 🙂

  6. leetranlam says:

    Thanks for your good wishes and encouragement, Neen, Tina and Kate. Thank you Kate especially for your very cheering words (they will motivate me during the – many! – periods of zombie-like sleep deprivation from staying up too late to try to achieve all the things I hope to)! It’s so nice of you to say so and thank you for dropping in from San Fran. I’m glad to provide the teleportation link for you!



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