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Top 35 recipes of 2016

2016 was all about slow-roasting, fresh pasta and comfort food. These are the recipes you clicked on most this year, counting back to number one.

Decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Christmas

13 of our most decadent chocolate recipes to indulge guests with this Christmas.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Best travel destinations in 2017

We're thinking big for travelling in 2017 - and so should you. Will we see you sunrise at Java's 9th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple, across the table at Reykjavik's newest restaurants or swimming side-by-side with humpback whales off Western Australia's coast?

Christmas vegetarian recipes

The versatility of vegetarian dishes means they can be served alongside meat and seafood, or enjoyed simply as they are. With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve put together some of our favourite vegetarian recipes to appease both herbivores and carnivores alike.

What the GT team is cooking on Christmas Day

We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Christmas ham recipes

The centrepiece of any Christmas feast, hams can be glazed with many ingredients. Here are our favourite combinations.

48 hours on the Gold Coast

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

If you like to pack more than board wax, a tank top and a party attitude for your trips to the Gold Coast, there are plenty of top-end experiences to be discovered among the glitz.

Luxury accommodation abounds along the strip and Palazzo Versace is a good place to begin your search for five-star pampering. It's just a stroll to Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, replete with up-market purveyors of fashion and accessories, including Hermés, George Gross Harry Who, Carla Zampatti and Tommy Hilfiger.

Peppers Broadbeach is a double high-rise offering serviced apartments with 24-hour room service, nearby upscale dining options such as Ten Japanese Restaurant (home of an omakase eight-course feast), Social Eating House, No Name Lane, and the funky biscuits, super foods and exercise advice at BSKT Café just down the road at Mermaid/Nobby Beach.

QT in Surfers is a quirky accommodation alternative to the mainstream milieu with eclectic (some say weird) décor, a spa and two restaurants and bars.

A weekend away from your favourite barista can be stressful but GC has plenty of cafés ready to step up to the plate. Black Coffee Lyrics in central Surfers Paradise is a cool venue from the morning java pick-me-up to late evening cocktails with live music. The breakfast menu features intriguing poached egg options as well as black rice pudding and more conventional fare. Tapas, share plates and gourmet pizzas are de rigeur throughout the day.

Elk Espresso in Broadbeach is secular in the extreme with boardies, macarons and milkshakes (try the crème brûlée thick shake) mixing it up with more seasoned aficionados who take their beans with brioche French toast. If you're hanging out down near Palm Beach, try one of eight different brews at Chill In Café on Fifth Avenue.

Arty types should head to Gold Coast City Gallery in the Arts Centre and see collections themed as Australian Art, Gold Coast and Beach Culture. Check out The Rainforest by William Robinson, whose purchase created a hullaballoo that echoed the Whitlam Government's 1972 purchase of Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. Gallery One at Southport and Anthea Polson Art at Main Beach are also worth a look.

If you prefer mountain air to the salty variety, GC's hinterland is breathing new gastronomic life into the region. Mt Tamborine and surrounds - which you can reach by helicopter if that's the way you swing - boast stunning rainforests and gardens, bushwalks, wineries, breweries and spas.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers six luxury villas and a multi-award winning restaurant or you can head out to nearby up-market venues including The Old Church and Pethers Rainforest Restaurant.

Witches Chase Cheese factory raves about its Mt Tamborine camembert (aka Tambembert) and you can unleash your inner masterchef at Terri Taylor's Tamborine Cooking School while taking a class in French, Middle Eastern, Asian and Aussie cuisines.

And don't miss the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Eco-Gallery with views of rock pools, a butterfly lookout and canopies from a 40-metre long cantilever, 30 metres above the valley and the fine liqueurs, schnapps and vodka at the nearby boutique Tamborine Mountain Distillery.

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