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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.

Cathay Pacific's new airport lounges

Lounge design needs to satisfy loners and more sociable creatures.

Premium flyers probably don't ponder the psychology behind airline lounges, but it's central to David Nelson's work. As head of design at London-based Foster & Partners, which recently renovated three of Cathay Pacific's four Hong Kong airport lounges, Nelson and his team have plumbed the habits and desires of global nomads.

"The business traveller these days is somebody who's going to be working incredibly intensely," Nelson says. "The only downtime you have is when you're on the plane or in the lounge. So there is a kind of a psychological need to be private, to be separate." To satisfy that craving, Foster & Partners created the Solus chair exclusively for Cathay's Hong Kong lounges - a semi-private pod in which passengers can recharge themselves and their gadgets, eat, make calls and work with minimal eye contact and no personal space issues.

Not everyone wants to cocoon, however, so lounges must satisfy diverse moods. Hence the Japanese residential vibe in the Bridge lounge, the canteen-style noodle bars (serving moreish dan dan noodles) and the bakeries and coffee carts in each of the Cathay lounges. As Nelson says, "It's a bit like a very good house that's designed for parties."

One of the world's best-known architectural practices, Foster & Partners has designed projects as diverse as London's Millennium Bridge and the Wembley Stadium to the Reichstag redevelopment in Berlin and Abu Dhabi's futuristic Masdar City. The Cathay brief was their first attempt at airline lounge design. The biggest challenge, Nelson says, is making them function smoothly at peak times.

"It's relatively easy to provide pleasant surroundings if there's hardly any passengers. But trying to cope with high-density numbers and still give a level of privacy and make sure everybody's catered to is a challenge a lot of airline lounges have."

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