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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

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.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

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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