Another day, another Mexican restaurant. LOL! Actually I am quite liking getting out and trying all the Mexican places that have sprung up, though I admit I am probably a bit late to the party.

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Pei Modern is Mark Best’s (of Marque fame) first foray into the Melbourne eating scene. The restaurant is named after I. M Pei (he who designed the Louvre’s glass pyramid) and is tucked in behind the complex that includes the Sofitel hotel.

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Miss SoCal and I recently day tripped to Bendigo to view the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition. After admiring the gorgeous gowns we needed lunch and decided to wander away from the gallery area as all the nearby places were very busy.

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I love going out for breakfast, even though it is not something I do very often. I think of it as a way to treat yourself to a (hopefully) nice meal out without the price tag that can come with lunch or dinner.

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Every time J mentioned something about finding good dumplings in Melbourne I would respond with one word – HuTong. So with a long weekend upon us, and with nothing planned, it seemed like a good oppurtunity to head into the city so J could try this dumpling bar out for himself.

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I am pretty sure Vue de Monde doesn’t need much introduction. Now in its third incarnation, atop the Rialto building, it has been winning praise, hats and awards for many years and is viewed as one of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

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Giuseppe, Arnaldo and Sons, or GAS, is a Italian style restaurant located in Crown Casino. It is the owner’s take on a new age Roman Trattoria.

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Hotel Icon is a relatively new hotel (April 2011) on Museum Road in Tsim Sha Tsui East. It is a training hotel owned by the Polytechnic University so the staff are hospitality trainees.

4.5 of 5

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Spice Temple is part of Neil Perry’s stable and is located in Crown Casino. J and I had dined here previously as part of a function and always said we would like to go back. Read the rest of this entry »

I set myself a goal when we were in Hong Kong; I was to have something different for breakfast every day.

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Komo does Japanese take-way from its small shop front on Whitehorse road in Mitcham.

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