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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.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

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."

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

The best hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana skyline

Copacabana skyline

Unwind in luxury as you travel to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

Emiliano

A seafront mansion in Copacabana that once housed the Consulate of Austria was torn down to make way for the Emiliano, which promises to be Rio's chicest boutique hotel when it opens this month. The design by renowned architect Arthur Casas pays homage to Brazilian modernism, and its look and feel of '50s glamour is enhanced by vintage furniture upholstered in shades of green. The façade is lined with panels of perforated ceramic tiles called cobogós, typical of the era, which open to reveal stunning ocean views. While the lobby restaurant is open to the public, the panoramic rooftop pool and bar are for guests only. Ave Atlântica, 3804, emiliano.com.br

Vila Galé

Premium suite at Vila Galé.

In the heart of the old Lapa neighbourhood, best known for its vibrant nightlife and samba bars, this Portuguese-owned four-star hotel occupies a fully renovated heritage mansion with an imposing pink and white façade. Red velvet Chesterfields, clawfoot tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows and crystal chandeliers add to the colonial feel. A large pool in an inner courtyard is its best feature. Rua Riachuelo, 124, +55 21 2460 4500, vilagale.com

Grand Mercure Riocentro

Grand Mercure Riocentro lobby.

This new hotel, across the road from the entrance to Olympic Park, has a panoramic rooftop pool and restaurant with "180-degree views of the ocean, mountains and forest", says high-profile chef Morena Leite, whose menu is inspired by this landscape and Brazil's unique habitats, or "biomes". The airy, light-filled lobby features a huge modernist-inspired mosaic wall and retro furniture. Ave Salvador Allende, 6555, Jóa, +55 21 2484 1962, accorhotels.com

Mama Shelter

The boutique hotel chain with outposts in Paris, LA and Bordeaux opens its first South American address this month in Rio's bohemian hilltop neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, not far from its more luxurious older sister property, the Santa Teresa RJ MGallery by Sofitel. Mama Shelter's 54 graphic and colourful rooms occupy two houses overlooking the sea and have cheeky design features - beer crates double as nightstands, for instance. Though removed from the buzz of the city's beaches, the old-fashioned charm of Santa Teresa's cobbled streets and mosaic of colourful old houses is highly appealing. Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 5, Santa Teresa, mamashelter.com

Belmond  Copacabana Palace

Copacapabana Palace's exclusive black pool.

Rio's grande dame is 93 years old and as memorable as ever. Rooms and suites - most overlooking a glamorous pool and Copacabana Beach - have been refurbished in white and soft greens and blues. Framed photos of old Rio landscapes, black and white signed portraits of past guests, and attentive staff evoke the hotel's storied past. Ave Atlântica, 1702, +55 21 2548 7070, copacabanapalace.com.br

 

La Suite

La Suite's longue room.

Set in Joá, a leafy residential neighbourhood in the hills overlooking São Conrado Beach, this '60s mansion-turned-guesthouse has seven suites styled with flair and bright colours. The communal living room and deck hanging over the cliff have sweeping views. This is a favourite for couples wanting a quiet city stay, buffered from the party down below. Rua Jackon de Figueiredo, 501, +55 21 3259 6123, bydussol.com

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