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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.

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.

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.

Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula

Glamour, sophistication and luxury have arrived on the Peninsula, with a crack-team of staff assembled to make it a success.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Pea and ham soup

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Winners

Every year, we produce the Australian Hotel Guide to scout the country for the very best in hotels: from city to country, coast to coast, club sandwich to club sandwich. We check into reviewed hotels anonymously and pay our own way. What we experience at these top Australian addresses is the same as what you, our readers, would experience. No special treatment; no added extras. Just honest, informative reviews of the best hotel experiences around the country. It's time to get packing. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Hotel Guide with our June issue, out now.

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.

Video: Matt Moran on Aria's new look

Aria Sydney closed its doors in late August for a complete redesign. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the renovation, Matt Moran talks us through Aria's new look.

Chef Matt Moran and restaurateur Bruce Solomon opened Aria together 17 years ago, just before the Sydney Olympics in 1999. After almost two decades, the co-owners are ready to shake things up.

"Bruce and I both feel now is the right time for a new look Aria," says Moran. "We won't be moving away from fine dining. If anything, we'll be upping the ante."

And how do you do that in Sydney, circa 2016? Two words: George Livissianis. The interior architect is behind some of Sydney's favourite dining rooms - including The Dolphin's Christo-meets-Haring makeover, both The Apollo Sydney and Apollo Ginza, and Cho Cho San. Aria will be the first time Livissianis has done the interiors for a fine diner.

While the final look is still evolving for the 170-seat restaurant, so far we know the new room will combine various woods, travertines, bronze and leather, and a brand new grill section in the kitchen.

Aria Sydney will reopen in early November for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday.

Aria Sydney, 1 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9240 2255

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