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Vitea – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This is always a must for breakfast when we make our way down to PV.  Although they’re open for lunch and dinner as well, I’ve only ever been for breakfast.  I get the same thing every time…the chilaquiles with chicken.  It’s large and can easily be shared.  I think about this dish a lot when I’m gone and always look forward to going back when I’m in town.  The beans that are served with it are SO good…I could probably go for two servings of those:)  I almost forgot to mention that with your breakfast you get a selection of sweet breads to munch on.  My personal favorite is the sugar one…yum!  You won’t be sorry you went here.  The food is outstanding, the service is great and the location gives you a great view of the ocean along with some great people watching.  (Dogs are welcome outside!)

Aria – Sydney, Australia

Our first meal in Sydney at Aria came highly recommended from locals which is always a good sign. Located near Circular Quay, the restaurant has an award winning unobstructed view of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  The decor and overall atmosphere didn’t strike me as anything I would write home about but again, the view alone was enough to blow me away.

And the food…amazing!  Gorgeous in presentation, everything you could expect and more in flavor…divine!  I have absolutely no complaints except that I ate too much:)

Amuse Bouche – Pumpkin soup with Thai flavors (this deserves a spot on their permanent menu)

Tomato – salad of ricotta, cucumber, basil and Kalamata olives with a white balsamic jelly

Raviolo – of scampi and spanner crab with green beans, créme fraiche and a black truffle dressing

John Dory – seared fillet with garlic and parsley clams, braised carrots and artichokes

Soufflé – twice cooked soufflé of caramelized onion spinach with spiced eggplant and a tomato and saffron sauce

Salad of peach, mozzarella, rocket and balsamic

Steamed broccolini with hazelnuts and lemon oil

Mango soufflé with coconut ice cream

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