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Finalists for Regional Restaurant of the Year 2018
27.07.2017

These three restaurants - Fleet, Brae and Igni - might not be in capital cities, but their food is all the more satisfying for the time it takes to travel there.

Living off the land in winter
27.07.2017

The life of a farmer revolves around the seasons. Come winter, a certain thriftiness is needed in the kitchen to make the most of meagre produce, writes Paulette Whitney.

Why breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day in Italy
27.07.2017

Italy's claim to being the greatest of the world's cuisines has one key weakness: breakfast. But, argues John Irving, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles in 2017
27.07.2017

The hottest spots to eat, drink, play and stay on your next trip to LA, rounded up into one perfect day.

Reasons to visit Canberra in 2017
27.07.2017

Your guide to a perfect stay in Canberra, from where to sleep to the exhibitions you need to check out.

Restaurants with rooms
27.07.2017

Some of Australia's best dining destinations take the hassle out of a weekend stay by offering their own on-site digs where you can hit the hay in style after your meal.

Finalists for Maitre D' of the Year 2018
26.07.2017

The maitre d' is your first introduction to a restaurant - they do as much to create a sense of ambience as lighting, tableware and music. And these three professionals are top of the class.

Finalists for Sommelier of the Year 2018
25.07.2017

Three sommeliers, three different personalities, all first-rate guides to the lists at their establishments. We present our 2018 finalists: Caitlyn Rees, Gaving Cremming and Patrick White.

Saksia Havekes's tips for party flower arrangements

Saskia Havekes's flower addiction bloomed at an early age. "Flowers have always been an important part of my life," she says. "My mother often drew our attention to them, pointing out different blooms wherever we happened to be."

And her flora fascination has flourished into a career. Her Sydney business, Grandiflora, now in its 20th year, creates some of the most impressive arrangements in the country. It's the florist of choice for weddings for the bold-face name set, for glossy editorial shoots and for major events, not to mention one of the chicest places in town to pick up a "thank you", "I love you" or "congratulations" bouquet.

Her new book, Flower Addict, offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of Grandiflora's most extravagant installations, as captured by photographer Nicholas Watt.

Flowers, Havekes says, bring personality to any event - be it a big-budget corporate blow-out or an intimate gathering at home. "They're crucial," she says. "Even if you just have leaves or some moss or something that brings nature into the event, it creates such an ambience. It doesn't always have to be the biggest most extravagant, expensive treatment; it can be just something really honest and simple. It shows character."

Havekes has one piece of advice for organising flowers at home: keep it simple.

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