After a great day out, J and I booked an early dinner at Port Phillip Estate in Red Hill South on the Mornington Peninsula.

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J and I had ourselves a bit of an impromptu day trip last weekend. We left the house at 9am and didn’t get home until 9:30 that night.

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I had heard many good things about Vegie Bar on Brunswick street in Fitzroy before I finally had a chance to dine there. KB1, KB2 and I had our monthly catch up there on a wet summer’s night, heading to the Northern side of the city as opposed to our usual Eastern suburbs adventures.

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Despite loving Japanese food, J and I hadn’t yet got to our local Japanese restuarant, despite living in our new suburb for over a year. This was finally rectified when we organised to meet up with two other couples there for dinner on a Saturday night.

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After reading my post on Petaling Street, my friend Panda commented “I’m going to have to take you to Sambal Kampung one day – lovely, lovely Malaysian – and not too oily.” As luck would have it, we were scheduled to catch up the following week along with another friend, EB.

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My friend Miss H was visiting Melbourne with three of her friends, and I had plans to meet up with them in the city for dinner. After sending Miss H a long list of suggestions (not knowing everyone’s tastes and budgets) she said something Asian and cheap would work for them, and I duly booked HuTong Dumpling Bar in Market Lane.

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Vermont Thai is on the corner of Burwood Highway and Hanover road, just near the Vermont South shopping centre. I meet my friend JK there for an early dinner one Monday night.

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Anyone walking into the deceptively named Tea Rooms of Yarck looking for a nice cup o’ tea and a scone might be a little surprised. There may have once been scones on the menu, but now it is a two-hatted Italian restaurant, owned by Pietro Porcu who also owns Da Noi in South Yarra.

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