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New podcast – Eve Yeung, Noma

April 9th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Eve Yeung, Noma

The first restaurant Eve Yeung ever worked at was Noma – yes, the Copenhagen establishment named the World’s Best Restaurant four times. So how did she end up in René Redzepi‘s renowned kitchen at the age of 18? The young pastry chef actually considered becoming a competitive hockey player (a path she pursued while working […]

New podcast – Alexandra Carroll (Alex Craig), New York and Paris

March 18th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 3 Comments »

New podcast – Alexandra Carroll (Alex Craig), New York and Paris

They’re two of the dining capitals of the world and they’re explored (and beautifully photographed) by Alexandra Carroll in her books, New York: An Inspired Wander Through Manhattan and the Brooklyn Boroughs and Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights. So it’s no surprise that we talk about memorable bagels and croissants in […]

New podcast – Jock Zonfrillo, Orana, Blackwood Bistro

January 20th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Jock Zonfrillo, Orana, Blackwood Bistro

At age 11, Jock Zonfrillo started working in restaurants – initially, as a dishwasher. “I very quickly surmised that I was on the wrong side of the flying frying pan.” Only a few weeks in, he became a chef, an experience that would take him from Scotland to the rest of the world: from cooking […]

New podcast – Myffy Rigby, Palisa Anderson, Trisha Nelson (Live at Rootstock)

December 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Myffy Rigby, Palisa Anderson, Trisha Nelson (Live at Rootstock)

Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby, Chat Thai and Boon Cafe co-director Palisa Anderson and an actual legit winemaker, Trisha Nelson who runs Ajola in Lazio, Italy, joined me for a chat recorded live at the most recent Rootstock food and wine festival at Sydney’s Carriageworks. So, we talk about memorable experiences with booze, totally […]

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

December 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 1 Comment »

Juan Bowl & Tea, Redfern

Juan Bowl & Tea in Redfern is pretty upfront about what it does – this eatery has a hyper-focused interest in serving donburi (Japanese rice bowls) and well-brewed tea. So, no surprises right? What might catch you offguard is how popular it is – and how small the whole operation is. So, you could take […]

New podcast – Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken

December 22nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken

Morgan McGlone’s fried chicken has scored a standing ovation. At an event run Noma’s René Redzepi, no less. Feeding the top chefs at MAD, the famous Copenhagen food symposium, is just one of many memorable instances of Morgan’s eventful career. Long before he launched Belles Hot Chicken, Morgy started out cooking for huge volumes of Japanese […]

Yes, there’s a sandwich at Saga named after me

December 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Yes, there’s a sandwich at Saga named after me

So file this under “Unexpected Things That Happened To Me This Year”: I have a sandwich named after me. Yes, if you go to Saga in Enmore, you can order the “Lee Tran”. It’s been on the menu since July, and initially I wasn’t sure whether to post about it or not (because, what if […]

New podcast – Ben Shewry, Attica

November 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Ben Shewry, Attica

Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked #32 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and it’s Restaurant of the Year in the first national Good Food Guide – but according to his son Kobe, Attica is “not bad” for a restaurant that doesn’t have a burger on the menu. Many years before Ben gained international acclaim […]

Paperboy, Concord and Dutch Smuggler, Sydney CBD

November 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 1 Comment »

Paperboy, Concord and Dutch Smuggler, Sydney CBD

Every cafe that opens nowadays seems to have at least one pin-up dish, designed to look good when framed in Instagram. At Paperboy in Concord, there’s no doubt it’s the lamington waffles – buttermilk batter hardened and coated in drips of dark chocolate, then run through a dust storm of dessicated coconut. It’s sandwiched with […]

New podcast – Sarah Doyle, Bodega, Porteno, Continental Deli Bar Bistro

November 12th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

Continental Deli Bar Bistro, Newtown. Photo: Hollie Adams

Sarah Doyle has played a pivotal role in Sydney’s hospitality scene. But there was a time she worked three jobs just to help keep Bodega running. It was the first restaurant she opened with husband and chef Elvis Abrahanowicz, fellow co-owner and chef Ben Milgate and their business partner/sommelier Joe Valore. And it was a game-changer […]

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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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