Virginia Plain is another newcomer to what some would say is Melbourne’s most popular restaurant strip, Flinder’s Lane.

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After a great day in Sydney I headed of to dinner to catch up with my friend Bella at Restaurant Arras.

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Hello readers,

 

I am off again.

 

Tomorrow I head to America to spend two and a half weeks in California.

 

J is already there, spending five weeks in Napa for work.

 

Most of my time will also be spent in Napa, broken up by two nights in San Francisco at Easter (J is taking me to my first baseball game), and the last five nights will be in San Diego, two of those with J, and the last three with colleagues while attending a conference.

 

I am hoping to publish some US based posts while I am away, but if that doesn’t happen, I will be posting pics on the Hold the Peas Facebook page, or you can follow me on Twitter @holdthepeas.

 

Em

The Shangri-la hotel in Sydney is a five star establishment, and had been on my wish list for quite a while. So, it was a no brainer that this was where I was going to stay when I decided to pop up to Sydney to catch up with friends.

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My quick trip to Sydney started with an early morning flight after a tea and toast breakfast in the Qantas Club.

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I was standing in the entrance of Brooks changing my sensible flat shoes for pretty high heels when I heard someone saying hello to me through the walls.

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Thai Rose sits above a real estate agent on Nepean Highway, with a view out the back window of Chelsea beach. The entrance is down a lane way and you are greeted at the top of the stairs by the friendly staff.

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I don’t think Flower Drum needs too much of an introduction.

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Mrs Parma’s is a pub at the top end of the city specialising in that classic dish, the parmigiana.

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