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Cruise control: Captain Kent of the Emerald Princess

We caught up with Princess Cruises’ Captain William Kent to talk life on deck, sailing the Red Sea and how to spend 24 hours in Venice.

Midnight in Melbourne style

After-dark glamour calls for monochrome elegance with accents of red and the glimmer of bling. Martinis await.

Recipes by David Thompson

Thai food maestro David Thompson returns to the Sydney restaurant scene with the opening of Long Chim, a standard-bearer for Thailand’s robust street food. Fiery som dtum is just the beginning.

Reader dinner: Quay, Sydney

Join us at Quay for a specially designed dinner by Peter Gilmore to celebrate the launch of the new Gourmet Traveller cookbook.

GT's party hamper

We’ve partnered again with our friends at Snowgoose to bring you the ultimate party hamper. With each item selected by the Gourmet Traveller team, it’s all killer and no filler.

Aerin Lauder’s Morocco

Meet Aerin Lauder; creative director, lifestyle mogul, mother and global traveller. Here she shares her musings on Morocco, the exotic catalyst for her latest collection.

A hotel dedicated to gin is opening in London

A modern-day gin palace, The Distillery, is set to open in the middle of London’s Portobello Market this year.

Dan Hong's salt and pepper calamari with lime aioli

The executive chef shares his salt and pepper squid recipe, including his secret for a crisp, light batter.

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the domestic market.

Who William Leckey has been producing green tea from his boutique plantation near Alexandra in Victoria for more than a decade, but it's only recently that his teas have started making waves in Australia. Where in the past his tea was produced exclusively for the Japanese market, today it's available back home under the Two Rivers label.

How Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, is dormant through winter, so harvest commences in spring. The first harvest, rich in nutrients accumulated over winter, produces shincha, a tea popular in Japan for its intensity and sweeter ending notes. The next harvest occurs 45 to 55 days later, after the plant has had a chance to bud anew, producing the more commonly recognised sencha: a lighter-bodied, aromatic green tea.

Why Producing green tea that meets Japanese standards hasn't been easy, but Leckey has managed to pull it off, offering a range of impressively authentic Japanese-style teas. He's a firm believer of farming in tune with nature, so you won't find any harmful chemicals in his products. Another thing you won't find is a hefty price tag - because Two Rivers is produced locally, it comes at a more reasonable price than many imports of its calibre. Prices start at $10/100gm.


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