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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Gifts under $100 at our pop-up Christmas Boutique

Whether it's a hand-thrown pasta bowl, a bottle of vodka made from sheep's whey or a completely stylish denim apron, our pop-up Christmas Boutique in collaboration with gift shop Sorry Thanks I Love You has got you covered in the $100 and under budget this Christmas.

Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane

A new luxe hotel adds glamour to Brisbane's Caxton Street.

Boutique. Luxury. Hotel. Not words usually associated with inner-city Brisbane's Caxton Street strip. But this month sees the opening of Gambaro Hotel, a plush 68-room addition designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, whose work includes the likes of Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

Just a pie-toss from Suncorp Stadium, the new clean-lined four-storey structure is billed as "luxury with a family touch" by its Gambaro Group owners. Interiors are urban-sleek with stone and marble bathrooms. Acoustically treated to block street hubbub, there's decent natural light, too, from an interior atrium, and 49 rooms have balconies.

With just one set of traffic lights between the hotel and Brisbane airport (travelling via the Inner City Bypass and airport toll tunnel), managing director John Gambaro reckons the international terminal can be reached in 12 minutes.

Last year, Gambaro Hotel's neighbour morphed into a cool gastro pub, Statler & Waldorf, and the louche Velvet Cigar was transformed into the hip watering hole Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, a joint project by Jamie Webb and Jason Scott of Sydney's Shady Pines Saloon.

Rooms from $259. Gambaro Hotel, 29 Caxton St, Petrie Tce, Brisbane, (07) 3369 9500. 


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