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New podcast – Hugh Allen, Vue de Monde, Noma

June 19th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Hugh Allen, Vue de Monde, Noma

You don’t need a roof or floor to run a great restaurant – that’s what Hugh Allen learnt while working at Noma’s Mexico pop-up. And yes, there were issues. “If it rained, the guests had to come sit in the kitchen,” he says. Simple things, like boiling water, became a mission that could take hours. […]

New podcast – Kate Reid, Lune Croissanterie

March 7th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

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 – Shannon Martinez, Mo Wyse and El Rosa

December 17th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

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 – 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 […]

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli

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

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli

“The chef said he was going to the bank and never came back.” Shannon Martinez was working as a bartender at The East Brunswick hotel in Melbourne when she was asked to take over the kitchen. She happened to put a vegan parma on the menu and it blew up – the pub sold close […]

That time we went to Attica (and of course, it was amazing)

September 6th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Latest, Travel | 3 Comments »

That time we went to Attica (and of course, it was amazing)

There’s no shortage of proof that Attica in Melbourne is an astounding, standard-setting restaurant. It’s still Australia’s highest-ranked entry in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list; bookings for two for the entirety of December disappeared in 43 seconds flat when reservations recently opened for that month; and the most respected international chefs endlessly act as […]

Mary’s CBD, LuMi and other 2014 highlights

December 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Latest, Restaurants, Travel | 2 Comments »

Mary’s CBD, LuMi and other 2014 highlights

If you’re gonna compile a 2014 highlight reel of Sydney dining, Mary’s CBD outlet has to score a top-ranking spot. Broadsheet was dropping intel about the new takeaway branch way back in July, and anticipation was as supersized as the mega Breakfast Burger ($12) that made it onto the eventual menu. Mary’s city branch opened […]

New podcasts and more

January 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Podcasts, Travel | Leave A Comment »

New podcasts and more

This post is brought to you by a lack of sleep! And some semi-news … I recently unleashed some new podcasts. If you’d like the audio company, you can listen to me chat to: Andrew Levins, who accidentally became a one-man media-storm over the last day or so, thanks to Barry O’Farrell’s ill-advised lockout laws. […]

MoVida Sydney, Surry Hills

October 9th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Favourites, Restaurants | 3 Comments »

MoVida Sydney, Surry Hills

You no longer need a boarding pass (or tolerance of long bus trips) to get into MoVida. The well-regarded Melbourne institution has just opened its first NSW outpost in Surry Hills. And while it’s less than a week old, MoVida Sydney arrives with a robust, in-built fan base – the type that will excitedly single […]

Melbourne

September 3rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Melbourne

Three days in Melbourne = many mealtimes, chased by the photo-filter haze of Instagram. Words soon, promise.

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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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