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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.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Apple desserts

Whether baked into a bubbling crumble, caramelised in a puff-pastry tart or served in an all-American pie, apples are a classic filling for fruity desserts. Here are the recipes we keep coming back to.

Roti canai

Here, we've made the dough in a food processor, but it's really quick and simple to do by hand as well. If the dough seems a little too wet just add a little more flour.

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.

Neil Perry pulls out of haute cuisine and closes Eleven Bridge

Sydney’s Eleven Bridge to close. For real this time. Sort of. Again.

Santa Monica travel guide

Shutters on the Beach

Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica is one of the few places in LA you can explore on foot, says Frances Hibbard, who finds the best of So-Cal cool in the beachside enclave.

STAY
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters' oceanfront position, a block from Santa Monica's famed pier, goes some way to explaining the appeal of this celebrity favourite. As do the guest quarters: compact but supremely comfortable pods with well-curated libraries and bathrooms kitted out with personal bath and beach "medicine cabinets". Almost all have balconies overlooking the Pacific and the beautiful bodies using the sands as their workout world. 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica.

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Downtown Farmers' Market
Several markets are held weekly in Santa Monica, but for chef and celeb sightings, and the pick of the produce, you need to visit the Wednesday Downtown Farmers' Market, a key part of the city's fabric since 1981. The market stretches four blocks and is one of the biggest in the US. Organics your thing? Try the Saturday version. Arizona Ave, Wednesdays, 8.30am-1.30pm; Saturdays, 8.30am-1pm.

SoulCycle
You might have to ply the "but I'm just visiting" line to nab a bike at this, the first West Coast outpost of the cycling class-cum-therapy session that inspires cult-like fervour in its devotees. Ride by candlelight as the high-energy instructors spout yoga-isms and preach the SoulCycle gospel of a harder, faster route to enlightenment. 120 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.

SHOP
Santa Monica Place
The buzzy Third Street Promenade retail precinct threads through the heart of Santa Monica and is dotted with the usual suspects. The latest addition, though, is the luxury-leaning Santa Monica Place, an open-air mall with outposts of Louis Vuitton, Burberry and - bless - Barneys Co-Op, with its plethora of denim. 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica.

Fred Segal
The legendary LA store has just opened its third within the new, Westfield-operated Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. But if you prefer not to rush your retail, Fred Segal Santa Monica packs a stylish punch. As well as a winning mix of labels via its stores-within-a-store concept, there's an in-house Umami Burger café and the New Beauty cosmetic room is a world-beating edit of products. 420 and 500 Bwy, Santa Monica.

Fig

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Café Gratitude
This organic-vegan café is where body-is-my-temple types sup on macrobiotic "Whole" bowls, a mix of sea vegetables, adzuki beans, sautéed kale, kimchi and black sesame seed gomasio with quinoa and garlic-tahini sauce. Wash it down with the fierce but fabulous "Fiery", a noni juice-based digestion shot. 12 Rose Ave, Venice.

Fig
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows' in-house restaurant is a casual but assured bistro. Expect excellent charcuterie, thoughtful sides and a deeply satisfying pork banh mi (pâté, pickled vegetables, shishito peppers). 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.

Stella Barra
Don't be put off by the crowds waiting on a table - the pizzas here are really good. Crusts are just-so and toppings killer: porchetta and fennel, with caciocavallo, parmesan, chilli, parsley, oregano and smoked paprika oil. 2000 Main St, Santa Monica.


Pier pressure
Santa Monica Pier draws crowds to the amusement rides of Pacific Park and the aquarium. If family fun is not your thing, hire a pushie from Blazing Saddles and pedal to Bergamot Station, a gallery and cultural precinct in former industrial warehouses.

Walk on by
Get your walking shoes on and discover Santa Monica on foot. Montana Avenue is a laid-back and more local alternative to Third Street's retail frenzy, while the Ocean Front Walk of Santa Monica State Beach Park runs all the way to rarefied Pacific Palisades.

Getting there
United and Qantas fly direct from Sydney to Los Angeles. A taxi from LAX to Santa Monica takes about 20 minutes.

Pier pressure
Santa Monica Pier draws crowds to the amusement rides of Pacific Park and the aquarium. If family fun is not your thing, hire a pushie from Blazing Saddles and pedal to Bergamot Station, a gallery and cultural precinct in former industrial warehouses.

Walk on by
Get your walking shoes on and discover Santa Monica on foot. Montana Avenue is a laid-back and more local alternative to Third Street's retail frenzy, while the Ocean Front Walk of Santa Monica State Beach Park runs all the way to rarefied Pacific Palisades.

Getting there
United and Qantas fly direct from Sydney to Los Angeles. A taxi from LAX to Santa Monica takes about 20 minutes.

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