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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

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.

Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Canada's national parks: a guide

Torngat Mountain National Park

Torngat Mountain National Park

Want to know where the wild things are? Dive into Canada’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

Canada, the planet's second-biggest country, is home to dazzling national parks that showcase everything from tangled, moss-draped rainforests to epic sweeps of Arctic tundra.

Of course, you could explore them on a tour but there's nothing like grabbing a set of wheels and heading off into the wild yonder to wander. 
 

The Rockies
When it comes to showstopper national parks, Alberta wins hands-down. The province houses Canada's two most visited national parks: Banff and Jasper. Millions of visitors roam the adjoining parks each year, drawn to the postcard-perfect scenery that seems almost too good to be true. Some simply soak up the sheer grandeur of the mountains; others come to relax in scenic hot springs or to admire the glacier-fed rivers and picturesque lakes (in summer, Lake Louise is the exact same shade of blue as a Tiffany's box). Add to this the thrill of knowing that, at any moment, a grizzly bear, cougar or wolf just might cross your path.

Stay
The imposing Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is all Scottish baronial splendour, right down to the tartan carpets.
405 Spray Ave, Banff; fairmont.com.

The low-rise Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge features cedar chalets and luxe cabins wrapping around the shore of Lac Beauvert.
Old Lodge Rd, Jasper; fairmont.com.

Eat
Hike up to Lake Agnes Tea House, 3.5km from Lake Louise. The high-altitude tea house brews 100 types of loose-leaf tea and serves sandwiches on homemade oatmeal brown bread. lakeagnesteahouse.com.

 

Yukon Territory
Serious road-trippers point their wheels in the direction of the Yukon where everything's larger than life. Here, the landscape is so rugged and the climate so extreme that few roads criss-cross the landscape. Rent a recreational vehicle from Whitehorse and stock the pantry before hitting the Klondike Highway. Detour up the Dempster Highway to reach Tombstone Territorial Park with its jagged granite peaks. Next stop is the frontier town of Dawson City, where permafrost has tilted several timber buildings. Continue along the Top of the World Highway into Alaska (make a pit stop at Chicken, population seven) before reaching the Alaska Highway, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017. The highway leads to Kluane National Park, home to spectacular hiking trails and Mt Logan, Canada's highest peak.

Stay
Scattered throughout the Yukon are government campgrounds with basic facilities for road-trippers.
env.gov.yk.ca.

 

The Maritimes
One of Canada's most famous drives is the Cabot Trail, part of which winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia in Canada's east. The coastline-hugging drive loops around Cape Breton Island, with brave motorists travelling counter-clockwise, ignoring steep drops next to the road. The park is home to impressive scenery (river canyons have gouged the plateau) and wildlife such as moose and bald eagles. Scan the Atlantic and the Gulf of St Lawrence for pilot and minke whales.

Stay
Sleep next to the Atlantic at Lantern Hill & Hollow, which offers guest rooms and self-contained cottages, as well as bonfires on the beach.
36845 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach; lanternhillandhollow.ca.


Eat
Enjoy a no-nonsense feast of locally fished lobster, Cape Breton snow crab or fire-planked Atlantic salmon at Baddeck Lobster Suppers.
17 Ross St, Baddeck; baddecklobstersuppers.ca.


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