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New podcast – David McGuinness, Bourke Street Bakery, The Bread and Butter Project

November 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – David McGuinness, Bourke Street Bakery, The Bread and Butter Project

David McGuinness has frequently taken his sourdough starter on holidays with him to keep it alive. “You have to feed it regularly, like a baby,” he says. This dedication to bread is not surprising, given that he’s the co-founder of Bourke Street Bakery, the Sydney institution that is loved for everything from its chocolate ganache tarts […]

Brickfields Bakery, Chippendale

February 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites | 4 Comments »

Brickfields Bakery, Chippendale

Brickfields, the new cafe-and-bakery-in-one in Chippendale, is full of things to like. There’s the “Dranks” selection, which includes Lebonade ($4) and home-made sodas (the Peach one is lovely and lush), and your beverage comes in a half-litre carafe, which you get to splash out into tumblers. It’s both classy and fun – no wonder the […]

New eats: Bi Bim, To Mix, Darlinghurst; Sonoma, Alexandria and La Rosa Bar and Pizza, The Strand, Sydney

June 29th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

New eats: Bi Bim, To Mix, Darlinghurst; Sonoma, Alexandria and La Rosa Bar and Pizza, The Strand, Sydney

Bi Bim, To Mix, is a cute little Korean canteen that opened a few weeks ago on William Street, Darlinghurst, a strip better known for its cash-crop of hire/luxury car dealers. There’s nothing fancy about it, but you can get Bi Bim Bap with three sides (I like the caramelly potato and the veg-specked egg […]

Wild Cockatoo Bakery, Redfern

April 6th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Wild Cockatoo Bakery, Redfern

There are parts of Botany Road in Redfern that are like a shopfront cemetery – filled with empty display windows or long-shut doors. So you instantly notice when a once-vacant space starts showing vital signs and encouraging proof of a new existence. I came across Wild Cockatoo Bakery on the weekend, when it had been […]

Passionfruit meringues at Bourke Street Bakery

September 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Passionfruit meringues at Bourke Street Bakery

Even though the warmer spring weather we’re hoping for seems to be running behind schedule (like a band going through a spectacularly long sound-check), there’s one consolation – the Passionfruit Meringues ($5) at Bourke Street Bakery. These started to appear, about a month or so ago, in the counter displays of the Marrickville branch. The […]

Repeat orders

July 4th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Repeat orders

I enjoy watching the year change according to, not the calendar, but the blackboard menu at the Luxe Bakery in Newtown. In summer, you could order oxheart-tomatoes, basil and bocconcini, fanned out on sourdough; as the temperature dropped, that disappeared and was replaced with garlicky, roasted-through mushrooms served on a thick, crusty bread-slice, and later, […]

Potato pizza at Bourke Street Bakery, Alexandria

January 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Potato pizza at Bourke Street Bakery, Alexandria

Being a complete Bourke Street Bakery junkie, I’ve memorised every single vego lunch option they have. So I had a nerdish heart-spasm when I noticed they had something utterly brand new yesterday: Potato Pizza with Rosemary, Spanish Onion and Ricotta. It was a one-off special and lived up to all the good meanings of that […]

Blog clear-out: part 2

January 15th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Blog clear-out: part 2

If the name isn’t already a red (white-and-blue) flag, then the Brie and Tomato Croissants and Savoury Crepe Rolls will clue you in. St Germain Patisserie may be on a Redfern street corner, but its picnic-ready display will whisk you to a small patch in Paris’ Sixth Arrondissement. The Riviera Raspberry and Lemon Mousse Cake, […]

Sparkle Cupcakery, Surry Hills

August 27th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Sparkle Cupcakery, Surry Hills

If you had to graph our reaction to Sparkle Cupcakery in Surry Hills, our initial response was all off-the-chart spikes. On a less mathematical note, I might even admit to some jumping and down and perhaps the odd (totally undignified) yelp. After all, the display was crammed with colour-coded cupcakes and vivid ingredients listings to […]

Caketown, Newtown

August 13th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Caketown, Newtown

Caketown in Newtown is probably a little wrongly named – Cakecloset might be more accurate in conveying how much measuring tape you’d use in sizing it up. Despite its XS dimensions and industrial feel, this bakery is packed with such a high eye-candy-to-space ratio that the lack of roominess isn’t such a downfall. Just make […]

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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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