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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.

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.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

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Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

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. 

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Hunter Valley NSW travel guide

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Last-minute Melbourne Cup celebrations

MELBOURNE
Café Vue

For pre-race breakfast action head to Melbourne's Café Vue, where the celebrations are kicking off with a two-course breakfast menu for $35 a head. And, just because it's Cup day, you'll be treated to tea, coffee and a glass of Prosecco.
401 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, (03) 9866 8055

Builders Arms Hotel
The bistro at the Builders Arms celebrates Cup day with a special three-course menu for $55 a head. Cucumber sandwiches, saddle of Flinders Island lamb and strawberry shortcake are just some of the choices on offer. Counter meals will also be served at the bar for those after a more casual affair.
211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Vic, (03) 9417 7700

Circa
For pre- and post-race entertainment head to Circa. The morning's excitement starts at seven when the bar opens for Champagne and cocktails. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a special Pacific Rim menu by executive chef Paul Wilson.
The Prince, 2 Acland St, St Kilda, Vic, (03) 9536 1122

Middle Park Hotel
For those keeping it low-key, Middle Park Hotel will be screening the races on flat-screen TVs throughout the venue with counter meal deals being offered for lunch and dinner.
102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park, Vic, (03) 9690 1958

SYDNEY
Est.

Est. is pulling out all the stops this Cup day, hosting an event complete with seven flat-screens for watching the race, a three-course menu by Peter Doyle, and prizes awarded to the best dressed of the day. The cost of $195 includes lunch and a flute of Mumm Vintage. There's also the option of pairing your meal with black caviar - how fitting.
Level 1, Establishment, 252 George St, Sydney, (02) 9240 3000

Aria Catering
The Cup lunch at Aria itself may have sold out, but fear not, Aria Catering is hosting an event at the Sydney Opera House, and tickets are still available. Highlights include Taittinger on arrival, a three-course lunch with matched wines, and a best-dressed competition with prizes from Bulgari, Estée Lauder and Victor Churchill. The cost of $160 per person includes canapés, Champagne on arrival and your meal.
For bookings and further details, please call Lucy on (02) 9240 2259 or email lucy@morsul.com.au

Black by Ezard
Black by Ezard celebrates Cup day with a five-course lunch menu by Teage Ezard. There will be a screening of the races and TAB facilities in close reach for the punters in the crowd. The cost of $150 per person includes lunch and canapés with matched bubbles and wine.
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW, 1800 700 700

Otto Ristorante
If you're dressing to impress head straight to Otto where Cup day festivities include a four-course lunch menu, sweeps and prizes for best dressed and best hat of the day. The cost of $150 a head includes your meal and a glass of Bollinger on arrival.
Area 8, The Wharf, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo, NSW, (02) 9368 7488

Quay
For those who'd rather be waterside than trackside, look no further than Quay. The lunch event in the restaurant itself has sold out, but they're now offering an alternative three-course menu upstairs in the Green Room. There'll be Bollinger on arrival, prizes for best dressed, and TAB machines located outside for those interested in a punt.
Upper level, Overseas Passenger Terminal, 5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, NSW, (02) 9241 4565 or (02) 9251 5600

Balla
Balla's Cup day celebrations kick off with oysters and Prosecco, followed by a four-course modern Milanese lunch by Stefano Manfredi. There are fabulous prizes to be won and plenty of big-screen televisions, so you won't miss any of the action. The cost of $95 per person is all-inclusive of lunch and the Prosecco on arrival.
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, NSW, 1800 700 700

The Sailors Club
Their main event has sold out but don't worry: The Sailors Club is offering a secondary Cup day deal that includes three courses and a glass of Laurent-Perrier (or a cocktail) for $99. Food and drinks match the sit-down event, the only difference is you'll be seated at a communal table. The more the merrier, we say.
594 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, NSW, (02) 9327 6561

BRISBANE
E'cco

In Brisbane, E'cco Bistro is celebrating with a well-lubricated three-course menu for $165 per person. The cost includes your meal, petits fours and four hours of cocktails, beer and wine. Doors open at noon.
100 Boundary St, Brisbane, (07) 3831 8344

Spring
Spring are hosting their very own carnival replete with a cocktail-style menu by executive chef Kym Machin, a four-hour drinks package and big screens to watch the race. And you'll be supporting a worthy cause, with money from the sweepstakes going towards Variety Queensland. The cost of $95 per person includes food, drinks and a take-home gift.
Cnr Felix & Mary sts, Brisbane, (07) 3229 0460

PERTH
Nobu

Perth's Nobu is going all out in the glamour department with their Melbourne Cup festivities. There'll be canapés, a DJ, and Carla Zampatti will be unveiling her latest collection, Into the Light. The cost of $200 includes a glass of Veuve on arrival along with other drinks, and a selection of Nobu's signature dishes.
Crown Perth, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood, WA, (08) 9362 7551

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