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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Shira Nui is a Japanese restaurant in Glen Waverley, one of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

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Hanuman is a Darwin dining institution. First opening in 1992, it moved to its current location in the Holiday Inn Esplanade in 2007.
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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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Cutler and Co is Andrew McConnell’s restaurant and bar in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. It can be hard to get a booking, which was one of the reasons J and I were there on a week night.

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Bingara? Where the bl**dy hell is Bingara I hear you ask. Well, Bingara is a small country town 150kms North of Tamworth, with a population of around 1300.
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Ahhhh, Jacques…..

What I can say. Jacques Reymond, the man and the restaurant, are Melbourne institutions.
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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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Different explanations exist as to why people celebrate Christmas in July. Some say it is to have the traditional Christmas feast of a roast and all the accompaniments in more appropriate weather (as opposed to a hot Aussie summer) and others think it is all a marketing campaign for the retail industry that can suffer from slow sales at this time of year.
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