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Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

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Jackalope hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula

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Pea and ham soup

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Winners

Every year, we produce the Australian Hotel Guide to scout the country for the very best in hotels: from city to country, coast to coast, club sandwich to club sandwich. We check into reviewed hotels anonymously and pay our own way. What we experience at these top Australian addresses is the same as what you, our readers, would experience. No special treatment; no added extras. Just honest, informative reviews of the best hotel experiences around the country. It's time to get packing. Pick up a copy of our 2017 Hotel Guide with our June issue, out now.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

48 Hours in Montréal

Schwartz's, Montréal

Schwartz's, Montréal

Time needn't be on your side to enjoy Montréal's diverse cuisine.

First question: are you going to get your bagels from St-Viateur or Fairmount? In the interests of science you'd probably better try both of these institutions. You could start fights with New Yorkers talking about which city does the better bagel. Fun as that is, it's probably more useful to think of them in terms of two distinct styles of bagel, each springing from a different but equally established Jewish community. Montréal bagels are boiled in water sweetened with honey before being baked in a wood-fired oven. They're smaller, slightly sweeter and the differences in their preparation give them a flavour and chew all their own. Grab a coffee from Café Myriade on your way from one shop to the other.

Or you could let Beauty's Luncheonette decide for you. The café has been in business more than 70 years, and its classic diner lines are the backdrop to breakfasts to be reckoned with - the Beauty's Basic comprises two eggs, ham, bacon or sausages and home fries on a (St-Viateur) bagel.

From here you've got two choices. One: segue directly into deli worship at Schwartz's, where the "charcuterie Hebraique" includes a celebrated doorstopper example of the Montréal smoked meat sandwich, "smoked meat" being the peppery local take on pastrami. Or, option two, stretch your legs and check out Jean Talon covered food market. There's lots to like here: the charcuterie at Porcmeilleur, cheese at Qui Lait Cru, fiddleheads and mushrooms picked wild from the woods at Les Jardins Sauvages - Marché des Saveurs, it should be noted, has a particularly fine range of maple products, many grades of maple syrup being the mere tip of the iceberg.

Which brings us to lunch, and therefore L'Express. Few restaurants capture the feeling of being at once an institution yet perfectly alive to the moment, but that is the Express's essential charm. It's not quite as old as Harry's in Venice, nor as edgy as St John Bread & Wine in London, but it shares their robust competence, their solidity, their pace. You'll barely have sat down when water, bread, mustard and a jar of cornichons are set before you. All that remains is to dip into the superb wine list, order some rillettes and eggs mayonnaise and kick back, or push the boat out with some specials: duck hearts with morels and broad beans, perhaps, or fat spears of asparagus in a sauce gribiche.

After a wander around the shops of St-Denis Street, a ramble up the Mont Royal for some fresh air or perhaps a restorative nap, a refreshment is in order. Montréal has a thriving bar scene, but even by its impressive standards of diversity and energy, Agrikol is one out of the box. There's something particularly fascinating about immersing yourself in French Caribbean culture in the heart of French Canada, especially when the link is forged by Arcade Fire band members (and local residents) Régine Chassagne and Win Butler. The sounds and scents of Haiti come to life through bright, bold murals, big flavours and rum. Lots of rum. Mardi Gras beads hang from a chandelier, while the snacks menu runs to the likes of gryo, fried marinated hunks of pork shoulder, and accras, cod fritters, all complemented by seriously spicy pickles.

Dinner brings a dilemma even more harrowing than the decision presented at breakfast. Will you go with Joe Beef or Au Pied de Cochon? One thing is certain: there's no doing both on the same night. Both restaurants are excellent, both are pillars of Montréal's reputation as one of the great eating cities of the Americas and both have (some) lighter options on offer, but there's something about the combination of powerfully tasty food and stellar cellars common to both that can tempt even the sturdiest souls towards overindulgence. Consider it win-win. at Au Pied de Cochon, foie gras is a specialty, and chef Martin Picard offers it in croquettes and hamburgers, nigiri and cheung fun, as well as in an epic foie-laden take on poutine, Quebec's signature dish of hot potato chips smothered in gravy and fresh cheese curds. At Joe Beef, meanwhile, a meal might kick off with a platter of clams, oysters, urchin and crab on ice, paired with hot puffs of squid ink-blackened dough, segue into battered nuggets of hen-of-the-woods mushroom, asparagus in brioche with hollandaise and salmon roe, lobster spaghetti, and conclude a muscular steak "Monsieur Joe Beef" au poivre, all with a full chorus of Burgundy so good you'll want to pour it into your eyes.

 

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