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New podcast – Tim Watkins, Black Market Sake, Automata

Tim Watkins’ parents needed a cooking course to learn how to use a microwave (which led to one Christmas turkey disaster) and he didn’t eat broccoli or cauliflower until he was an adult. So life in the restaurant world might not have been the most obvious career path. After a few detours (including a stint […]


100 podcast episodes later …

Annabel Crabb baked her laptop (and it wasn’t even her worst cooking disaster), while Kate Reid’s croissants inspired people to line up at two AM in zero-degree weather, just to try her pastries. Those are two of the many stories I’ve earnt from creating 100 episodes of The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcast. Other […]


New podcast – Kate Reid, Lune Croissanterie

Would you line up at two AM in zero-degree weather, just for a croissant? People would regularly do that all the time, purely for the chance to try Kate Reid’s pastries. The New York Times, after all, said her croissants are “the finest you will find anywhere in the world, and alone worth a trip […]


New podcast – Daniel Puskas, Sixpenny

Daniel Puskas started his career slicing tomatoes, but eventually ended up in the kitchen of Alinea, the acclaimed Chicago restaurant known for turning mozzarella curds into balloons filled with tomato foam. His experience there was part of his Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year prize. It’s one of many honours he’s earned throughout his […]


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 […]


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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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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.


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