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Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

Kisume, Melbourne

Chris Lucas has flown in talent from all over the world, including Eleven Madison Park, for his bold new venture. Here’s what to expect from Kisume.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Archie Rose's Horisumi-Winter gin

Talking boutique gin and symbolism with Kian Forreal, acclaimed Japanese-tattoo artist and Archie Rose collaborator.

Bacon Brewfest 2016

Our Bacon and tomato polenta crust pie

Our Bacon and tomato polenta crust pie

After the runaway success of the inaugural Bacon Festival last year, Newtown café Cuckoo Callay is all set to lay on another celebration of all things bacon and beer. In support of Australian Pork, this Saturday's Bacon Brewfest showcases more ways to prepare all-Australian pork than anyone could possibly imagine, while also heralding a 12-week bacon menu at Cuckoo Callay.

A group of cured-pork enthusiasts will unite for the day, including Newtown's Black Star Pastry and the team from boutique cheese bar, The Stinking Bishops. You can also look forward to sampling Grumpy Donuts' maple bacon doughnut bars with American-style candied bacon, and the Porky Pig burger - twice-cooked pork belly, sauerkraut, fried onion and crisp bacon - by Josh Arthurs, founder of pop-up burger joint, Burgers by Josh.

Craft beer will flow from the likes of 4 Pines Brewing Company, Willie the Boatman, Batch Brewing Co and others, accompanied by a musical line-up including Sydney band The Cope Street Parade and Central Coast singer/songwriter Jacob Pearson.

Bacon Brewfest, 27 February, noon-9pm, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW. Tickets are $30 plus a booking fee. Tickets are available until sold out from the festival's website.

Try our recipe for the above bacon and tomato polenta crust pie.

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