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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.

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.

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Pea and ham soup

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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. 

Roman cocktail bars

The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome

The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome

Romans are learning to unwind with craft cocktails at a new crop of bars.

In Rome, where food and alcohol are inseparable partners, the idea of a cocktail hour without snacks or a meal has never really taken off. Yet a small but growing crop of city bars has begun mixing craft cocktails that put the spotlight on spirits and go way beyond the standard Spritz or watered-down Mojito.

The granddaddy of Roman cocktail bars is The Jerry Thomas Project, a members-only lounge (subscribe and pay an annual fee on entry) serving American classics fashioned from the best selection of booze and homemade bitters in town, including a perfectly balanced Sazerac with a splash of absinthe.

At Barnum Café, Federico Tomasselli and Patrick Pistolesi mix drinks customised to their patrons' tastes; their American-inspired menu includes a few Italian touchstones as well, such as a Negroni made with hand-crafted bitters. Tomasselli and Pistolesi's side project, The Gin Corner, is Italy's first gin-centric bar; it keeps more than 80 labels for Martinis and Gin Tonics.

For cocktails with a view, 0-300º pours flamboyantly garnished drinks on the sixth-floor roof terrace of the First Luxury Art Hotel. A stroll away, the Stravinskij Bar in the luxurious Hotel de Russie serves classic cocktails in its ground-floor garden. The hotel's former bar manager, Massimo D'Addezio, launched his solo project, Co So, in Pigneto late last year and draws from an arsenal of housemade fat-washed spirits and aromatised wines. Also in Pigneto, Dal Verme gives a local twist to a New Orleans classic; its signature Sagerac uses sage, a herb common to Roman cooking.

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