J and I headed to Western Australia for a week’s holiday. It was a second visit to our largest state for both us, mine was when I was in primary school on a family holiday, and J’s first trip was a work trip only the week before we went together!
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Char restaurant is owned by restaurateur John Kilroy. He also owns Jellyfish in Brisbane.
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After barely seeing J throughout July and August, I decided we needed a weekend away. I had originally thought we would just head into the city for a couple of nights, but J thought some sun would be good, so we decided to jump on a plane and head to Darwin, a city neither of us had been to before.
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Mexicali Rose is a Mexican restaurant in Swan Street, Richmond.
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Spice Temple is Neil Perry’s Chinese restaurant in Crown Casino. He also has a restaurant by the same name in Sydney.
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After our success at Bashuge (we were very pleased to find out we had ‘discovered’ this sichuan gem before The Age’s Epicure staff), KB2 and I were keen to see what other delights we could find down Koornang road.

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According to other bloggers and restaurant review webites, Chin Chin is Melbourne’s hottest new restaurant. Apparently word has spread on social media about Chris Lucas’ new Flinder’s lane Thai style eatery.
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Movida Next Door is literally that. Next door to Frank Camorra’s Movida restaurant in Hosier Lane.
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J and I spent the weekend in Daylesford helping Mum and Dad celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. They didn’t want a party or anything, instead they decided to have a week pottering around Victoria and having a look at some of the places they haven’t been to.
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J and I recently headed into the city to have dinner at PM 24. PM 24 is Philippe Mouchel’s new French Bistro at 24 Russell street.
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Cook with grapefruit? I am sure some of you are wondering if this is possible, but I can happily report that it is.

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J’s cousin, H, was in town and we caught up for dinner at The Grand in Richmond. The Grand is a true gastro pub, and has two dining options; the bar/lounge or the dining room. We have eaten in the bar many a time as both J and I used to work down the road, and we still have friends that work nearby.
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When we were recently in Tassie we wanted to take Dad for a nice lunch for his birthday. I had originally booked Strathlyn, a restaurant at the Ninth Island Cellar door in Rosevears, down the East Tamar where we have been before and always had a good meal.

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J and recently had a weekend in Tassie. We try and do this regularly so as to catch up with my parents. Qantas had a sale on, which is always a good excuse to go, and we picked the weekend that coincided with my Dad’s birthday. Flying to Tassie from Melbourne is easy, the car trip from home to the airport can take longer than the flight time. We take-off, get to the required cruising altitude and level out for 10 minutes, before starting the descent into Launceston airport, all of which take 45-60 minutes.
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