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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

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.

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.

New French hotels

Hôtel Molitor Paris

Hôtel Molitor Paris

A clutch of new hotels has opened in Paris and beyond.

French hotels continue to set ever-loftier standards in character and luxury.

In Paris, Hôtel Plaza Athénée reopened in August after a 10-month renovation that added 14 new rooms and suites and gave the hotel's three-star restaurant a complete design overhaul. Chef Alain Ducasse has matched the new look with an updated menu focusing on vegetables, grains and fish. Renowned for its cocktails, the Athénée's fashionable bar has a new deep-blue palette and a transparent resin bar that seems suspended in the air.

Perhaps the biggest splash of the year comes from Hôtel Molitor Paris, built around two public swimming pools dating from 1929 and closed since 1989. The renovation has preserved the building's heritage-listed Art Deco features, including the blue changing-booths on terraces circling the indoor pool, and the city's best-known street artists have made their marks inside - by invitation. Rooms decorated in soothing neutral tones keep the focus on the stunning winter and summer pools - the 46-metre outdoor pool is heated to 28 degrees, making it usable year-round to hotel guests and club members.

Beyond Paris, the flawlessly stylish Maisons & Hotels Sibuet group is behind two new luxury boutique hotels. French artist Bernard Buffet spent the last 20 years of his life in the Provençal house that is now Domaine de la Baume, about 90 minutes' drive from Nice and Marseilles airports. Decorated in classic 18th-century style, the hotel has 15 airy rooms, a treetop spa, an equestrian farm and an olive grove.

And for skiiers, Hotel des Dromonts in Avoriaz is scheduled to open in December and will offer easy access to the Portes du Soleil ski fields at an altitude of 1800 metres. An avant-garde piece of architecture when it was built in the 1960s, it will have 34 rooms decorated in Mod style, a spa with an indoor pool and three restaurants, one of them focusing on local cheeses.

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