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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.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

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

Our guide to the best of the region.

Med frame of mind

While Madrid has majesty and Barcelona has Gaudí, Valencia has that famed rice dish and a laid-back Mediterranean attitude.

STAY
Caro Hotel
The former palace of the Marqués de Caro is a sharp new boutique hotel, a 2000-year history lesson and an archaeological dig in one. Behind its 19th-century façade are remnants of the 12th-century Arabic city wall, 15th-century Gothic arches and a timeline of tilework, all cleverly preserved in a seven-year restoration and showcased in minimalist interiors by Barcelona designer Francesc Rifé. Dramatic column bases from a Roman circus loom over the chic Meta lobby bar, and each of the 26 rooms features an echo of the city's history. The hotel's location is unbeatable: in the heart of the old town and close to the leafy cycle paths of the reclaimed Turia riverbed linking the city's ancient and modern quarters. Calle Almirante, 14. 

PLAY
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
Between the old town and the port lies the gleaming white City of Arts and Sciences. Try to catch any concert or opera at the helmet-shaped Palau de les Arts, designed by Santiago Calatrava. It's the hub of a vibrant cultural scene reflecting the Valencian love of music; just about every village in the region has a brass band. The oddly desolate 35-hectare city-within-a-city also has a huge aquarium, a science museum and a planetarium resembling a giant eye. Avenida del Profesor Lopez Piñero, 1. 

Horchatería El Siglo
Sipping a glass of horchata alongside well-dressed families in Plaza de Santa Caterina is an only-in-Valencia moment. Tiger nuts are ground to produce the milky horchata de chufa, usually served with sweet finger buns called fartons (no sniggering). El Siglo has been serving horchata since 1836, and its tiled façade and Art Nouveau interior are impervious to fashion. Plaza de Santa Caterina, 11; +34 963 918 466

SHOP
The alleys off Mercado Central and around Plaza de la Reina are lined with time-warped shops that have specialised in handmade wares for generations: plaster saints, oil pourers, paella pans and everything fallera for the traditional Valencian outfit, from false plaits and peinatas to petticoats. Sombreros Albero (Plaza Mercado, 9) stocks an encyclopedic range of Panamas, as well as sailor caps, Kenyan safari hats and 1950s-style ladies bathing caps. Turrones Ramos (Calle Sombrereria, 11) is the city's best-known maker of the Valencian specialty nougat turrón; also try its wafer pillows filled with ground almonds called almendras rellenas. Espadrilles, first worn by 14th-century peasants in Catalonia and Valencia, thrive in workshops and boutiques such as L'Espardenyería de Aïnna Munt (Calle Derechos, 19). At Encaris Tomero (Avenida María Cristina, 11), staff crochet the cotton toes and heels of espadrilles while selling the label's funky patchwork and layered streetwear.

DINE
El Poblet
Drive 100 kilometres south of Valencia to Quique Dacosta's eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant at Denia. Or sample his theatrical style at his new city restaurant, El Poblet, above his ground-floor tapas bar. The greatest-hits "historical" dégustation features a brilliant trio of deconstructed paella and a lovely "citrus orchard" dessert. Correos, 8. 

Casa Roberto
In the home region of paella, this "boutique del arroz" is the city's best-known purveyor of the much-loved rice dish. The crowd favourite is paella Valenciana: chicken, rabbit, snails, artichokes and green beans with a perfect socarrat crust. Maestro Gozalbo, 19. 

Central Bar
The best seat in town is a stool fronting the black-tiled counter at Ricard Camarena's tapas bar at Mercado Central, one of Europe's oldest and finest covered markets. Try more-ish bocatas or inspired tapas, perhaps baby "sepionet" cuttlefish with leek and bacon. Mercado Central, Plaza del Mercado.


DON'T MISS
Sip a cortado at Café Lisboa (Plaza del Doctor Collado, 9) with a view of La Lonja, the Gothic silk exchange, then stroll around the corner for grilled sardines and a glass of local white at Tasca Angel (Calle Purisima, 1).

FURTHER AFIELD
An essential daytrip from Valencia is to the Albufera, an estuary about 10 kilometres south of the city. This is where the region's rice is grown (bomba is the most prized for paella) and ground zero for rustic paella restaurants.

DON'T MISS
Sip a cortado at Café Lisboa (Plaza del Doctor Collado, 9) with a view of La Lonja, the Gothic silk exchange, then stroll around the corner for grilled sardines and a glass of local white at Tasca Angel (Calle Purisima, 1).

FURTHER AFIELD
An essential daytrip from Valencia is to the Albufera, an estuary about 10 kilometres south of the city. This is where the region's rice is grown (bomba is the most prized for paella) and ground zero for rustic paella restaurants.

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