Welcome to the site of award-winning travel and food writer Andrew Bender. Andrew covers travel and the business of travel for Forbes, Lonely Planet guide books, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications and appears as a public speaker on travel and food. He specializes California and Japan, but he’ll go pretty much anywhere for a good story.

 Pocket Los Angeles Guide from Lonely Planet

Just published: Pocket Los Angeles from Lonely Planet, a condensed version of our guide to Los Angeles, San Diego & Southern California. I was the curator on this book, perfect for carrying in – wait for it – your pocket as you explore the City of Angels. Buy it on Lonelyplanet.com or wherever books are sold.

Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour, May 10-23, 2018

I’m thrilled to announce the 2018 edition of my Cuisine & Culture of Japan Tour, offered through Esprit Travel. On this small group tour, join me as we journey through culinary hot spots of Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, explore famed public markets and restaurant supply districts, learn the art of Japanese home-style cooking, tour a green tea plantation, see the sake making – and tasting – process and sample delicacies from Kaga-style cooking on the coast of the Sea of Japan to Japan’s renowned wagyu beef. Visit Esprit Travel for details and to register.