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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Château de Gudanes

It's a whole new kind of renovator's delight.

One Australian family's dream of restoring a French countryside château is becoming a reality with a little help from some friends.

Karina Waters and her husband, Craig, bought the magnificent mid-1700s Château de Gudanes just outside Toulouse in 2013 and, faced with the mammoth renovation task at hand they decided to open the house to a series of onsite fine-art restoration workshops. The 15-day workshops are a combination of fine art and fiesta, and are led by Italian restorer Tonio Creanza and his team over half-days that also combine excursions to nearby markets and towns.

It's a chance to live like a local while you immerse yourself in the fine art of restoration, even if you've never picked up a paintbrush before. But the absolute highlight is saved for the last afternoon: a lavish luncheon on the château's grounds as the local leg of the Tour De France rolls by.

The 15-day decorative art restoration workshop and exploring history and culinary culture of the Ariége region, $9480, 4-18 July.


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