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New podcast – Jill Dupleix, Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants

August 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Jill Dupleix, Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants

Jill Dupleix grew up as the daughter of a sheep farmer and took an unusual route to becoming a food writer – it involved a phone book, a bike ride and a stint in the world of advertising. And meeting Terry Durack: “We hated each other on sight.” They not only married each other, they […]

Sydney Table 2017

August 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Events, Latest | Leave A Comment »

Sydney Table 2017

This recap of Sydney Table 2017 includes a nailgun accident, edible gold and clay and a 30-metre floating herb installation. And, of course, chefs getting up to creative mischief with artists. The combined wattage of these pairings was what gave this event such star power. It’s the second year that Carriageworks has staged this series […]

New podcast – Clayton Wells, Automata

July 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Clayton Wells, Automata

“It was pretty crazy, actually,” says Clayton Wells about opening Momofuku Seiobo in 2011, but he could also be describing the incredible response to his solo restaurant Automata. Since Automata’s launch in late 2015, Clayton has been named Australia’s Hottest Chef by The Weekend Australian magazine, Time Out Sydney gave him their Chef of the […]

New zine – Speak-easy #14: the work issue

July 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Zines | Leave A Comment »

New zine – Speak-easy #14: the work issue

While I’m looking for a new job, I hope it’s not too shameless to shill copies of my latest zine? I guess the theme is “work”, so that makes it semi-appropriate, right? It was produced for the most recent MCA Zine Fair and here’s a not-so-executive summary on its contents … It’s possible to get […]

New podcast – Nikki To, Food Photographer

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Nikki To, Food Photographer

Nikki To’s first shoots involved helicopters – an interesting challenge as she is “kind of afraid of heights”! Becoming a food photographer was an unlikely progression from her original plans to be a human rights lawyer, but her eventual career path led to her work appearing in Broadsheet, Gourmet Traveller, the Qantas in-flight mag and even Swedish Gourmet […]

The Lansdowne, Chippendale

June 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants | Leave A Comment »

The Lansdowne, Chippendale

Watching The Lansdowne rebound and regenerate into Sydney’s new favourite venue is now my favourite spectator sport. Last rites were read for the Chippendale pub back in August 2015, when the 1930s building was set to be developed into a private music school – and many people read this as certification that, yet again, Sydney […]

New podcast – Mike McEnearney, Kitchen By Mike, No 1 Bent St, Carriageworks

May 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Mike McEnearney, Kitchen By Mike, No 1 Bent St, Carriageworks

Mike McEnearney’s career has been full of surprising turns. Sure, he’s worked for Neil Perry and Gordon Ramsay – but also for Damien Hirst, running the controversial artist’s Pharmacy restaurant, where even the toilets were unlike anything you’d predict. He’s been involved with hatted and Michelin-starred restaurants, but also sold home-made bread in the car park […]

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

April 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 2 Comments »

Restaurant Sasaki, Surry Hills

You no longer need to make travel arrangements to end up in Japan – the most direct route involves just a few footsteps down a Surry Hills alley. Restaurant Sasaki feels exactly like a place you’d chance upon in a country that has a world-beating habit of hiding great eateries in modest locations. The more […]

New podcast – Phil Gandevia, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt

April 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Phil Gandevia, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt

A cocktail inspired by Charles Dickens? Or experimental beverages that include Weet Bix milk or charred Jerusalem artichoke? These are just some examples of Phil Gandevia’s highly inventive work – he’s an award-winning bartender who modestly describes himself as “the bar guy” at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, but there’s no other person I would trust […]

Africola, Adelaide

April 15th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Travel | 2 Comments »

Africola, Adelaide

If I hit replay on the best meals I had in the last year, strong memories of dinner at Africola in Adelaide keep resurfacing. Sure, I’ve been lucky enough to have dined at some of the “lifetime greats” in the past 12 or so months (and have the scorch marks in my bank accounts 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.

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