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Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

Spelt cashew and broccoli bowl with yoghurt dressing

This nicely textured salad transports well, making it ideal for picnics or to take to barbecues. The broccoli can be kept raw and shaved on a mandolin, too.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

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.

Glamour ship unveiled

Seabourn Encore's Observation Bar

Seabourn Encore's Observation Bar

Australia is about to get its first glimpse of Seabourn Encore, a glamorous new addition to the Seabourn fleet.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald ushered in a "golden age of cruising" at the christening of Seabourn Encore, the most glamorous débutante in the cruise giant's global fleet and on its way to Australia this month on its maiden voyage.

The Seabourn Encore.

"In the past four years we've seen tremendous advances in technology to improve the safety, the efficiency, the comfort and just the plain fun on our ships," Donald said at a naming party at Singapore's Marina Bay cruise centre last weekend. "But every few years those advances take a great leap forward with a ship that breaks the mould."

Accommodating 600 passengers, Seabourn Encore is the largest in Seabourn's four-ship fleet and the most lavishly appointed in the "ultra-luxury", small-ship line - marking "a new chapter in the evolution of our fleet and the evolution of cruising", said Donald.

Seabourn Encore's on deck pool.

Size matters - suites range from 23 to 120 square metres, all with private verandas, large marble bathrooms with separate shower and full-size tub, and walk-in robes. Some of the most distinctive interiors, however, are the cleverly styled small spaces: a 30-seat restaurant called Sushi, with an L-shaped granite bar, retro curved chrome-framed windows and smart recessed lighting and mirrors, for example, and The Retreat, with 15 cabanas arranged around a top-deck whirlpool, each with fully stocked fridges, a spa menu and screens for watching movies.

New York designer Adam D Tihany fashioned the ship's interiors "to feel like a luxury yacht", with liberal use of chrome and leather and distinctive curvaceous lines throughout, from windows and mouldings to bars and pools. Even the guest-services "square" has been turned into a circle and styled as a lounge.

Winter garden suite.

Several high-profile partnerships also feature: a restaurant by three-Michelin-starred Californian chef Thomas Keller, a spa and wellness program by integrative medical pioneer Dr Andrew Weil, entertainment by English lyricist Sir Tim Rice and cocktails by American mixologist Brian Van Flandern.

Observation Bar.

As part of Weil's program focused on mind-body health, guests can join group and individual meditation, yoga and "sound bath" sessions with a "mindful living" coach, consult an on-board acupuncturist and join discussions with visiting wellness practitioners. A physician and best-selling author, Weil is the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

The Seabourn Encore's spa.

There's attention to detail across the ship, from sunglass-cleaning by pool staff and white-glove service at afternoon tea, to bespoke samphire and eucalyptus bathroom products by Molton Brown and a choice of fresh herbal body scrubs for DIY use in the spa's thermal suite.

Seabourn Encore will visit nine ports in Australia during 2017, including Cairns on 26 January, Sydney on 2 February and Melbourne on 5 February.

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