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Liam and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary on Tuesday, so that was a pretty amazing start to the week! I’m so incredibly lucky to be able to count someone as amazing as him as my best friend and partner in crime, and the last 2 years has absolutely flown by. We are polar opposites in pretty much every aspect of our lives and personalities, but the things that count match up; our humour, morals and family values all align, and that’s a few of the most important things to me.

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We had a good friend’s birthday dinner on Tuesday night on top of me being at a work seminar in town all of Tuesday & Wednesday day, which meant we couldn’t bunk up in some swanky hotel somewhere and gorge of food & drinks & you-know-what. Determined to at least spend some time together on the big day, Liam came into the city and met me for drinks at 1806 after the seminar ended, and we have a few fancy cocktails there before heading out to dinner.

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in 1806. I had such fond memories of them from a work party 4-5 years ago, but I got the feeling that they cater for the tourist crowd now. I will try them again to make sure I didn’t just catch them on a bad night as I don’t like passing judgement that quickly, and I had such fun when I was there 5 years ago! Regardless, we scoffed down a few different cocktails, and then headed out to Richmond for dinner for my friend’s birthday feeling buzzed.

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We headed over to Bahari | The Hellenic Palate on Swan St In Richmond to celebrate my good friends’ birthday, and after a slight (possibly drunken) detour, we got there only a little bit late. I’d never eaten there before, and was really pleasantly surprised about how amazing it was. From the interior to the service to the food, it was as traditional as modern Greek food can get. As we were there in a large group we had to have the “Bahari Banquet”, and it was great because my wine-addled brain didn’t even have to think about what I wanted – we were served up the best of the best, and oh-my-word it was good.

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Unfortunately my phone went flat so I couldn’t take any more photos than these two, but I will vouch that it was an awesome night, and I 100% can recommend Bahari for anyone else looking for a restaurant who’s great at taking care of larger groups. They were also super accommodation with dietary requirements, which is rare for groups!

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Saturday saw me and my long time friend head up to Olinda to go from a wander through the National Rhododendron Gardens, and it was stunning. I will be going an ‘Adventure Time’ post for this as we got a heap of great photos, but I highly recommend you head out there next time you have a few hours free. The air is crisp and it never seems to be that busy, and there’s a million and one places nearby to have Devonshire Tea afterwards.

von kita dear diary rhododendron garden olinda

von kita dear diary rhododendron garden olinda

And to round out the weekend I had a great little breaky at my local, Cornerstone & Co. I’m so lucky to have something this amazing such a short walk from my house, and every time we go the food & service is amazing, and the interior makes me feel right at home.

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von kita cornerstone & co hampton ludstone

There were some sad parts to the week, but I won’t mention them here as they are quite personal to our family, and we’re still processing it. I think that sharing is a big part of getting over bad things that happen in your life, so I’m sure I will at some point, but for now, we’ll end this on a good note 🙂

 

Ya lublu tebe xx

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