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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

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.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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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.

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.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Sydney's best dishes 2016

For our 50th anniversary issue in 2016, we scoured Australia asking two questions: What dishes are making waves right now? What flavours will take us into the next half-century? Sydney provided 16 answers.

Istanbul travel guide

Mama Shelter Istanbul

Mama Shelter Istanbul

Europe’s gateway embraces contemporary cool and Turkish tradition. Katie Parla crisscrosses the city for a taste of East and West, old and new.

STAY
Mama Shelter Istanbul
Atop a department store in the lively Beyolu district, this Philippe Starck-designed budget boutique hotel offers comfort and value - not to mention minaret-studded views - in Istanbul's dining and nightlife centre. Most of the whitewashed rooms are diminutive, which encourages guests to use the hotel's public spaces, including the fourth-floor lounge, Franco-Turkish restaurant and rooftop bar. Huseyin Aa Mahallesi, Istiklal Caddesi 50-54, Beyolu 

Sumahan on the Water
Turkish-American architects have transformed a defunct late-Ottoman alcohol factory into a peaceful luxury hotel on the edge of the Bosphorus on the city's Anatolian side. Surrounded by orchards and flanked by an Ottoman palace, the Sumahan offers a glimpse of the city's past. Kulelí Caddesi 43, Çengelköy

SHOP
Pêche de Malle
On the road leading from the historic Galatasaray High School to the Bosphorus, this narrow shop sells high-quality cotton petamallar (hammam towels), linen robes and brightly coloured woven scarves. Yeni Çar Caddesi 25

Ulas Baharat
For the freshest spices, steer clear of the overrated Grand Bazaar and hop on a ferry to Kadköy, the main port on the city's Anatolian side. A few blocks from the ferry landing, Ula Baharat sells smoked and dried peppers, fresh sumac, pomegranate molasses and tomato pastes that draw chefs and cooks from all over town. Güneli Bahçe Sokak 18, Kadköy, +90216 3379376

DRINK
Alex's Place
Istanbul isn't known for its craft cocktails, but California expat Alex Waldman is doing his bit to change that at his tiny, unnamed bar in Asmalmescit, the city's booziest 'hood. Waldman compensates for the scarcity of quality liquor in Turkey by pouring classics and his own creations such as the Plausible Deniability, a blend of Scotch, Drambuie, Campari and lime juice. Gönül Sokak 7B, Beyolu

Yeni Lokanta

EAT
Balat Sahil Restoran
There are hundreds of traditional meyhanes, taverns specialising in mezes and rak, but this one is a cut above. Order a bottle of smooth, triple-distilled Beylerbeyi rak with rounds of cold and hot mezes. Finish with candied fruits and kaymak, clotted buffalo cream. Mürselpaa Caddesi 245, Balat, +90 212 525 6185

Yeni Lokanta
Chef Civan Er, who has built a reputation for contemporary cooking, takes inspiration from Anatolian ingredients, techniques and traditions at Yeni Lokanta, opened last year. The mezes and manti are consistently satisfying. Kumbarac Yokuu 66

Müzedechanga
The late Sakp Sabanc's former estate in Emirgan is now a museum. Make the trip for the art and stay for a cocktail at the museum's outdoor bar and sample its mezes. The excellent breakfast served on weekend mornings uses produce sourced from small producers across Turkey. Sakp Sabanc Caddesi 22


Walk on
Take a cab to Ortaköy, once a small village and now part of Istanbul's vast coastline. Stroll north under Bosphorus Bridge and carry on through Kuruçeme, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Rumelihisar, all brimming with tea shops and restaurants.

Local flavour
Mix with Istanbulites at the city's weekly food markets. On Sunday, head to the Kastamonu market in the Kasmpaa district; on Monday try the Pazartesi Pazar ("Monday bazaar") in Göztepe for seasonal and pickled produce, cheeses, breads and mountain honey.

Getting there
Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates-Qantas are among the carriers flying one-stop from Australia to Istanbul.

Walk on
Take a cab to Ortaköy, once a small village and now part of Istanbul's vast coastline. Stroll north under Bosphorus Bridge and carry on through Kuruçeme, Arnavutköy, Bebek and Rumelihisar, all brimming with tea shops and restaurants.

Local flavour
Mix with Istanbulites at the city's weekly food markets. On Sunday, head to the Kastamonu market in the Kasmpaa district; on Monday try the Pazartesi Pazar ("Monday bazaar") in Göztepe for seasonal and pickled produce, cheeses, breads and mountain honey.

Getting there
Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates-Qantas are among the carriers flying one-stop from Australia to Istanbul.

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