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Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

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."

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.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

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.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Inside The Ritz Paris

Styled with absolute opulence, Paris’s famed hotel has swung open its iron gates after a four-year renovation.

Steeped in a history both luxurious and scandalous, The Ritz Paris at the exclusive Place Vendôme has reopened this week after four years of painstaking renovations.

The giant, grand hotel has 71 residential rooms and 71 suites for those willing to splash out on the starting price of $1,983. Following a reported $611 million refurbishment by designer Thierry Despont, the result is an unrestrained combination of opulent Empire style and Classicism marked by fine wood panelling and soft pastel colours.

Founded in 1898, the Ritz has acted as the private playground for illustrious artists and creative figures throughout history. A rollcall of notable residents and guests includes Coco Chanel, who died at the hotel in 1971 after calling it home for 35 years; Ernest Hemingway, for whom one of the hotel's bars is named; and Marcel Proust. Fifteen light-bathed, exquisite Prestige Suites are named for characters such as Chanel and Proust but also F Scott Fitzgerald and the Duke of Windsor, each taking in elements of their personal style. The 59-square-metre Marcel Proust suite, for instance, authentically replicates the novelist's original quarters at the hotel, complete with rich library, souvenirs and period furniture. The plush 188-square-metre Coco Chanel Prestige Suite matches classic black and white touches with gilded mirrors and velvet lounges.

 

Exterior of The Ritz Paris.

Within The Ritz Club alongside an impressive tiled pool, The Chanel au Ritz Paris is a new lavish spa dedicated to Chanel skincare - a world first for the luxury brand. Notably, Australian hair stylist David Mallet whose clients include Carla Bruni and Charlotte Gainsbourg, has been appointed in-house stylist. 

In the hotel's courtyard, a retractable glass roof serves as a barrier to the elements in the winter months. The Ritz Escoffier cooking school of pastry and French cuisine has also expanded with three shiny new kitchens, and guests may also dine at the luxe L'Espadon restaurant with Nicholas Sale at the helm, Bar Vendome brasserie or The Ritz Bar bistro, all within the hotel walls.

The Ritz Paris, 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, +33 1 43 16 30 30, ritzparis.com

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