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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.

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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