Silks, a fine dining Cantonese restaurant in Crown Casino, has to have one of the most impressive entry ways I have ever seen.

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Readers, I rarely get food or dish envy. On the whole I am usually pretty damn happy with the choices I make and don’t covet my dining companions’ meal.

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I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before, but my previous place of employment was located on Fitzroy street, St Kilda. To go from that wealth of eateries, to a business park with one overpriced option still leaves me very sad (after 3.5 years).

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I was pretty excited to be finally dining at what I consider to be an institution, Grossi Florentino. The upstairs, fine dining arm of the Guy Grossi empire.

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I think it is safe to say that Rockpool on George is Neil Perry’s flagship restaurant. It had been on the list for a long time, and J and I finally got there on a weekend trip to Sydney.

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Geoff Lindsay’s latest venture, Dandelion, in Elwood, has a surprisingly low percentage of Likes on Urbanspoon. At the time of writing, only 57% of people had clicked the thumbs up button.

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Once again I was able to use Frequent Flyer points (45, 000) to upgrade my Premium Economy ticket to Business class for my flight home (QF94) from LAX.

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After we drove back from San Francisco, our first stop was the grocery store.

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We set off for San Francisco mid-morning so as to avoid the rush hour traffic. This plan worked well, until we got to the toll booth before the Bay Bridge.

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On landing and disembarking half an hour late at LAX after the long flight, everyone who had a connecting flight was given their boarding pass in a bright orange express pass holder, and once in the immigration hall, directed to the so called express lane.

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My flight from Sydney to Los Angeles was on a Qantas A380, and after spending time in the lounge, I headed down to the gate, ready to board.

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The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s Yountville restaurant in California, probably does not need much introduction to anyone remotely interested in food.

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Shoya is a multi-level Japanese retaurant on Market Lane, next door to Flower Drum and across from HuTong.

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

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