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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.

Aløft

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.

Where to stay, eat and drink in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Beyond Kuala Lumpur's shopping malls, Lara Dunston finds a flourishing third-wave coffee scene, tailored food tours and charming neighbourhoods.

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Kisume, Melbourne

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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.

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.

QT Falls Creek

The quirky chic characterising hotel group QT hits new heights on the Victorian slopes.

How about a side of fun with that morning ski? At QT Falls Creek, the fourth addition to the hotel group's expanding family, that's exactly what's on the menu.

The property, which was rebranded by the group in May last year, comprises 63 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, which banish the dreary alpine-hut stereotype. Here, it's all sleek designer furnishings, private balconies with hot tubs and signature QT quirks with the likes of decks of Uno and little hot-water-bottle pocket-warmers in the minibar kit.

Powder fiends couldn't be better located. The ski resort's main chairlift is at the doorstep and there's a snow-gear rental shop next door.

Hungry? The hotel's two dining areas are more than just refuelling stops. Bazaar is an "interactive marketplace" offering made-to-order omelettes, Le Chasseur casseroles of porridge and spicy baked beans for breakfast to roast lamb with mash, sliced-to-order charcuterie and a steamed dumpling station at dinner. Stingray is the hotel's all-day lounge, with a California-meets-Aspen vibe. It serves Mexican-style eats from the kitchen and hot buttered rum and warm milk punch from the bar. Those after a more hands-on approach can take refuge in the sauna or at the spa, where winter-inspired treatments such as warming thermal massages and organic cocoa butter and coconut cream wraps soothe weary muscles.

QT Falls Creek hits its straps from June to September, but the hotel is open year-round with cycling, hiking and horse riding on offer (though Bazaar and the day spa are generally closed outside the snow season). A one-bedroom apartment in winter costs from $698 per night, including breakfast, with a minimum two-night stay.

17 Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek, Vic, (03) 5732 8016.


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