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New podcast – Caitlyn Rees, Cirrus, Fred’s, Momofuku Seiobo

How to make cider from 300-year-old pear trees, what it’s like working alongside Dan Barber at one of the world’s best restaurants and how it feels scoring Gourmet Traveller‘s Sommelier of the Year award – Caitlyn Rees can give you a first-hand account of all of these standout experiences. When she was at Fred’s in […]

Speak-easy #15: Cities (Tokyo, Amsterdam, New York, Paris, Hobart)

This zine recaps some of my favourite meals and experiences in these cities: from dishes that cost only a handful of dollars (and converted instantly into great memories) to Michelin-starred visits that required banking many months of saving. There are also: pastries I hunted out in Tokyo and Paris; the place in New York where […]

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New podcast – Carlo Mirarchi, Roberta’s, Blanca

A near-death experience in Australia plays a surprising role in the launch of Roberta’s, the much-loved New York pizzeria. When Carlo Mirarchi almost drowned on the NSW coastline, it inspired him to rethink his career path – and galvanised him to help start Roberta’s in Bushwick. In 2007, it opened with such a minimal set-up […]

New podcast – Adam Wolfers, Ételek

“You can’t f–k with the matzo ball soup.” That’s what Adam Wolfers learnt from his grandmother. Etelek, his pop-up restaurant, is inspired by the chef’s Eastern European background. It’s a history that draws on memories of his grandmother tending to six pots on the stove at a time, as well as his grandfather Julius’ time […]

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Mo Wyse and El Rosa

People actively smuggle Smith & Deli‘s food onto planes – that’s how addictive the dishes are. Interstate regulars even bring their own Tupperware containers and cooler bags, so they can enjoy the food at home. That’s the power of what Shannon Martinez, Mo Wyse and El Rosa are doing at the popular Melbourne vegan deli […]

New podcast – Jowett Yu, Ho Lee Fook, Mr Wong, Ms.G’s, Canton Disco

Jowett Yu was working at Tetsuya’s – then in the Top 5 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – but couldn’t even afford a bed. It was a wild time (just listen to the memorable “pep talk” that head chef Martin Benn gave when the restaurant reached #4 on the list) and the kitchen was […]

New podcast – Christine Manfield, Tasting India, Universal

$10,099 – that’s how much someone is asking for their copy of Christine Manfield’s Tasting India cookbook on Amazon. Sure, India Today called it the book to give native newlywed couples once they head overseas, so it’s a prized publication – but luckily, the new updated version of the award-winning book is much more budget-friendly […]

Kingdom of Rice, Tennyson Hotel, Mascot

Kingdom of Rice in Mascot is a best-of compilation of Cambodian food – as remastered by some familiar names from Acme. Mitch Orr, Cam Fairbairn, Lillia McCabe (back from Singapore’s Blackwattle) and Sophia Thach have taken over the location left by Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco and transformed it: now it’s essentially a landing strip […]

New podcast – Bo Bech, Geist

“The most interesting place in Europe to eat” – that’s how Noma’s René Redzepi described Bo Bech’s first restaurant, Paustian. The Copenhagen venue was located in the last building Jørn Utzon ever designed – and the Sydney Opera House architect was one of Bech’s regular diners. (You need to hear the story behind the dish […]

Bella Brutta, Newtown

It’s a telltale sign: over its opening weekend, I had pizza from Bella Brutta in Newtown three times. I guess I’ve been caught out being a mega fan? Not that I was ever going to be heavily opposed to the place: Luke Powell (LP’s Quality Meats) teaming up with Elvis Abrahanowicz and the Porteno team to […]

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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)!

The lovely banner is by friend and ultra-talented illustrator Grace Lee.

This site redesign was made possible by the next-level generosity and expertise of Daniel Boud, whose code-tinkering ways are only outranked by his seriously inspired way with a camera.

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This is a blog I do for pure fun and zero influence – there's no sponsorship, sneaky advertorial or advertising. I pay for all the food mentioned, 'cos it seems the ethical thing to do.


This is a blog about eating and drinking in Sydney, Australia (with the odd cross-border or off-topic detour). BYO appetite.

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