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Living off the land in winter
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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
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Restaurants with rooms
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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.

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

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
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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.

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Gourmet Traveller party hamper

We love the idea of a hamper here at GT, but too often we've been disappointed. So we set ourselves a challenge: to put together one of our own that's all killer and no filler. We partnered with our friends at Snowgoose and we present the first of our hampers - just in time for Christmas - with each item selected by the Gourmet Traveller team.

1 Will Studd Lincet Brillat Savarin
Our resident cheese expert, Will Studd, has hand-picked this lush Brillat Savarin from Didier Lincet, a producer in Champagne. It's as rich, sweet and velvety as they come and gets even better with time.

2 Le Roi Roquefort
This beautifully veined Roquefort, also selected by Studd, is a no-brainer for fans of the funk. Catering for a bigger crowd? Add a mighty one-kilo hexagon of ultra-creamy Le Dauphin brie as well.

3 Sheridan's Irish brown-bread crackers
All that cheese calls for a quality accompaniment. These Irish brown-bread crackers, made from stone-ground wholemeal flour with a touch of butter, buttermilk and sea salt, fit the bill perfectly.

4 Tabletop Grapes' muscatels
Grown outside Mildura, the Garreffa family's muscatel clusters bring a welcome touch of sweetness to the party platter. They're hand-picked and dried as a bunch without the use of chemicals - for our money the gold standard in dried grapes in Australia.

5 McClure's Bloody Mary potato chips
Based across Brooklyn and Detroit, the McClure brothers are best known for their killer pickles. Their crinkle-cut Bloody-Mary-flavoured potato chips, however, are certainly no mere afterthought. Seriously moreish stuff.

6 Rockpool beef jerky
Rockpool's wagyu jerky has long been a GT bar snack favourite. It's normally exclusive to their restaurant menus, but they've kindly made some especially for our party hamper.

7 Mason Clarke Preserving Co blackcurrant jelly
Mason Clarke's jams, jellies, chutneys and preserved fruits are handmade in small batches in Dimboola in country Victoria. We've chosen their blackcurrant jelly - best served on a cracker and (liberally) topped with cheese.

8 Montalto olives
Montalto's Koroneki olives grow wild throughout the Red Hill winery. They're hand-harvested, cured, and marinated with a touch of rosemary from the estate garden.

9 Bahen & Co chocolate
Reformed winemaker Josh Bahen sources the finest heritage cacao beans he can find and processes them at his Margaret River factory into beautifully balanced bars using antique chocolate-making machines and techniques.

10 St Ronan's pear cider
Our cider-loving wine editor, Max Allen, loves St Ronan's for its "gorgeous rich, complex pear aromas and a lovely soft, creamy texture". It pairs perfectly with the Brillat Savarin.

11 Baker D Chirico cheese straws
It isn't a party without cheese straws. Melbourne bakery Baker D Chirico's puff pastry numbers are covered with parmesan, paprika and spices, and are best enjoyed warmed from the oven.

12 Currong riberry shrub
Denyse McDonald crafts her shrubs (vinegar-based cordials) from native ingredients such as riberry and rainforest lime. The result? A fresh, Australian-accented cordial perfect for dressing up sparkling or still water, or adding to your favourite cocktails.

THE GOURMET TRAVELLER HAMPER
In collaboration with fine-food hamper specialist Snowgoose, we have designed the perfect gift (or treat for yourself), delivered to your door for $195 (including delivery). For a luxe option, add the 1kg Le Dauphin - an extra $75. To order, go to gourmettraveller.com.au/snowgoose. While stocks last.

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