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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An impromptu visit from J’s cousin H made for an excellent excuse to head out to the Yarra Valley for a day of eating and drinking.

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I think I had seen a few breakfast blog posts about He Says She Says but it hadn’t really registered on my radar until I saw Ming’s post about a blogger’s dinner she enjoyed there.

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Our second night in Canberra we dined at Italian and Sons. This one hatted restaurant was recommended by both kitchenshimmy and Lisa from Bake, Bike, Blog.

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When researching places to eat in a different city or country I can spend hours on Urbanspoon and reading blog reviews. For our quick weekend to Canberra, I took a different approach. I asked the Canberra folk on Twitter for their recommendations.

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A lot of you would know that J travels a fair bit for work. When he does, we occasionally make the most of it and I join him for a weekend away.

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When looking for a venue for our regular catch up I suggested Gasometer to KB1 and KB2.

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Working all day digging ditches works up an appetite.

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I drive past the bright pink awning of Persian Flavours on my way to and from work everyday, but have never been that interested in dining there.

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The lady behind the name is no longer at the helm, but I was still very happy when J told me we were booked into Annie Smithers Bistrot on our night away in Kyneton.

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J, being a wise man, decided to book us a night away in the midst our bathroom renovation. We were tired of the dust and dirt, and a tad over having tradies in our house (especially on weekends).

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Normally when a craving for Chinese food hits, J and I head to Camberwell to Tea House. This particular Friday evening we (me) couldn’t be bothered going far, so we decided to check out somewhere more local.

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Decent restaurants are a little thin on the ground in the outer Eastern ‘burbs, so I was very interested when one of my tennis team mates said The Brewhouse in Ringwood East does good food.

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A night in the city to celebrate J’s birthday meant an opportunity to check out another dumpling establishment.

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