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Andrew Bender

Los Angeles-based Andrew Bender has written about travel and food since 1998, including a restaurant column in the Westside Weekly section of the Los Angeles Times. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Fortune and Lonely Planet guide books including Norway, Japan and Korea.

A Dutch newspaper review of his Lonely Planet Amsterdam book said, "Even if you are an Amsterdammers you can learn something here." Andrew also has an MBA in multinational management and often consults on cross-cultural issues in the workplace. He speaks fluent Japanese and French.

Andy Bender Travel Features on

Tokyo: Shrines of the Times

Kyoto: A Step Through Time

The Desert Town with Big City Style:
72 Hours in Palm Springs

Bienvenue à Montréal

Movies Reviewed by Andrew Bender on

Beyond the Sea

The Chorus

Friday Night Lights


In Good Company

The Life Aquatic

Million Dollar Baby

The Motorcycle Diaries

Nobody Knows

Shall We Dance?



Vanity Fair

Thank You For Smoking


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