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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

Fast summer dinners

From an effortless tomato and ricotta herbed tart to Sri Lankan fish curries and chewy pork-and-pineapple skewers, these no-fuss recipes lend to relaxing on a humid summer's night.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

BYO one day but not the next?

Our group attended a popular Errol St eatery last Saturday night only to be refused our BYO wine. What was puzzling about this was that their status as a 'BYO wine' restaurant is well publicised even to the point where they confirmed the corkage cost ($6.50pb) to us in advance. Is this the emerging trend of restaurants today, picking and choosing (on a whim) the nights they will offer the BYO wine option to their patrons?
By Paul

Pat Nourse, Gourmet Traveller restaurant critic answers:

The offer to bring your own wine to a restaurant is a great one – it gives you the opportunity to match pickings from you cellar to great food and can substantively reduce the cost of your meal. But it’s something many diners take for granted. Most countries don’t have BYO, and it’s more a privilege than a right. Restaurants are free to set any conditions they choose on what, how and when you can bring wine in, and how much it’ll cost you. It’s becoming increasingly common for restaurants to offer BYO on quieter nights earlier in the week as an enticement to locals and then switch back to wine from their list only on Saturdays and Sundays.

While it’s important for restaurants to make it very clear when they will and won’t accept BYO, the best policy as a diner is to always check when you’re making your reservation. It’s worth noting, too, that there are good BYO manners and bad BYO manners particular to licensed restaurants which also offer BYO. Bringing bottles of wine available on the list or of significantly lesser quality than those listed is considered bad form, and it never hurts to order a bottle or two from the list to supplement what you’ve brought.

Wet sales, as they’re called, are crucial to the financial viability of most restaurant businesses. Much as we diners like BYO, we have to remember that if the restaurants we love aren’t making any money, they won’t be there next time you’re looking for somewhere to eat – BYO or no.

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