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Elite skier, polyglot, would-be diplomat: Ana Ros's path to kitchen fame has been far from conventional.
In her quest for the perfect tomato, Fiona Donnelly heads to Naples, the source of the world’s most famous red sauce.
Plant cabbage now to enjoy its versatility in everything from dim sim to sauerkraut come spring, writes Mat Pember.
Enjoy the best of both worlds on safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Creature-spot by day and have all the creature comforts by night at a trio of luxury retreats.
Well-being and local wisdom are on the menu at Amanjiwo.
While it's not as ubiquitous as Cantonese sweet and sour pork or Hainanese chicken rice, China's pork burger, rou jia mo, is having its moment in the sun.
Wondering where the new in-demand destinations are? We’ve pulled the results of our Gourmet Explorer quiz to highlight the new travel hotspots worth visiting and help inspire your next overseas jaunt.
"This is about dignity. This is about anyone walking through this door, taking what they need, and only giving back if they can."
These four desserts have one thing in common – Anzac biscuits.
Lentil soup may not sound like the sexiest of dishes, but rest assured, it's a heart-warmer. We've added warming spices and served the soup with a dollop of garlicky tahini. Thin slivers of shaved raw beetroot add earthiness and texture - the beetroot is also excellent simply grated and served piled on top. The poached egg is optional, but highly recommended.
We say si to these six takes on the Italian classic. From coffee and caramel to red wine and figs, panna cotta proves to be a versatile dessert to suit all palettes.
Here are four spins on the classic French eclair, from Flour & Stone's pillowy choux pastry with salted caramel to a colourful take with strawberry-flecked creme fraiche filling and sprinkled pistachios on top.
"I'd love the recipe for the eggplant dip the wonderful Fatuma Tikuye serves at Blue Nile in Blacktown." - Helena Rosebery, Annandale, NSW REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Fare Exchange, Australian Gourmet Traveller, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Please include the restaurant's name and address or business card, as well as your name and address.
"12. I'm now sitting at Noma with no shoes on. I feel like a toddler in a sandpit."
Whether paired with cream cheese, ginger, orange icing or caramel, carrot cakes are an autumnal sensation. Here are four to try.
Collette Dinnigan, fashion designer
"The Dom Pérignon Lounge (which I designed myself!) at Hemmesphere for a pre-dinner drink followed by dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill. Fratelli Paradiso at Potts Point for lunch (pictured) - it's almost becoming an institution - or Danks Street for lunch and shopping. The Fox Studio markets on Saturday mornings for breakfast, flowers and produce.
Among many other galleries in Paddington, the Blender Gallery,
on Elizabeth Street, for great photographic exhibitions. If you are
lucky enough to be flying first-class, stop in at the Qantas first-class
lounge before take-off. The food and service are excellent and
there's no better way to leave town!"
Justin Hemmes, CEO Merivale Group and Sydney bar tsar
"All of my bars and restaurants (best food, best cocktails, best service and best ambience)… yes, I'm biased but I do love them all for different reasons. Sean's Panaroma at Bondi Beach: excellent food, fantastic setting and a local gem. Nielsen Park beach: secluded and some of the best water in Sydney. The Souvlaki Bar in Brighton-Le-Sands: consistently the best souvlaki and friendly staff. Good Vibrations Festival: best (music) festival of the year."
Souvlaki Bar, 78 The Grand Pde, Brighton-Le-Sands, (02) 9567 7988
Sibella Court, stylist and owner of The Society Inc
"Edo Arts, Terrey Hills, for big furniture pieces, beautiful textiles, kimonos, paintbrushes, ceramics - all things Japanese and beautiful. Karman and Paul buy the most amazing things.
Textile designer Sally Campbell at Sally Campbell Home Textiles, Randwick, works with natural dyers and weavers in India and designs to-die-for quilts, cushions, scarves (I seriously have 100!). After years of designing on film sets; she has a fab sense of colour and detail.
The Antique General Store, Narrabeen, for all
things Australian and vintage. I've been going to this store at the
bottom of Powderworks Road (don't you love the name?) for over 20
years. My grandparents lived on this street their whole lives. I've
bought old rope, hand-stitched ostrich feather cape, chopping
boards and so much more. Your Display Gallery, Greenwich, is one of
my best secrets that I think everyone should know about. Discovered
when I worked at Vogue when I was 20, it's housed up the road in
Greenwich. It's a store with great finds - mostly decorative and
small furniture pieces. Drop in as often as you like and there's
always something new (well, vintage new)."
Your Display Gallery, 123 Greenwich Rd, (02) 9906 7556
Peter O'Brien, actor
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"There's nothing better than getting up in the morning and having a dip in one of the saltwater pools - like Wylie's Baths at Coogee - or just grabbing a pair of goggles and snorkelling off the beach. To me, it's the everyday stuff that makes Sydney special - the accessibility of good food, going to a café and asking for a flat white, having a juice after that ocean swim and a big feast for brekkie - but a lot of the iconic places are really worthwhile, and a lot of them revolve around water. If I want to spoil people from out of town, I'll take them to Guillaume at Bennelong… or catch a show at the Sydney Theatre Company down on The Wharf. I love Longrain for a Caipiroska and the fantastic salt and pepper barramundi, and Cafe Sydney for a seafood dish of some sort and the harbour view. You can't beat the bar at the top of the Shangri-La Hotel overlooking Circular Quay, but really I'm a front-bar kind of guy. It's great to order a draught beer such as Reschs or a Tooheys from one of the pubs you find around the back of Woollahra, Darlinghurst and Balmain, though a lot of them have been gentrified. I like the Windsor Castle and The Bellevue Hotel. My favourite picnic place is Parsley Bay Reserve - it's just a great family spot. And you know what? St Mary's Cathedral is a great place to visit; it's just beautiful."
Justin North, chef/restaurateur
"On Saturday mornings, we round up the kids and head to Eveleigh Farmers' Market to pick up some great fruit and veg. We all enjoy tucking into a croque madame from the Bird Cow Fish restaurant stall while sitting in the sunshine. After this, we head to Milson Park in Kirribilli to lie under a tree and read the papers while the kids play in the park. One of our favourite restaurants is Ginger & Spice in Neutral Bay for a warm greeting, delicious, authentic Singaporean food and the best Hainanese chicken in town. I also love the Taste of Sydney festival in Centennial Park for the quality of its offerings - but the most exciting news for us in 2010 is the opening of our new lounge bar at Etch Restaurant."
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