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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.

Chorizo recipes

Where would Spanish cuisine be without the chorizo? This versatile smallgood lends its big flavours to South American stews, soups, and salads, not to mention the ultimate hot dog. Let the sizzling begin.

2017 Australian Hotel Awards: The Finalists

This year's finalists across 11 different categories include established and new hotels, all with particular areas of excellence. Stay tuned to find out which hotels will take the top spots when they're announced at a ceremony at QT Melbourne on Wednesday 24 May, and published in our 2017 Australian Hotel Guide, on sale Thursday 25 May.

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.

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Pea and ham soup

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. 

Local knowledge: Singapore

The supertree grove at Gardens by the Bay

The supertree grove at Gardens by the Bay

Entrepreneur, hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng shows us the secrets of his city.

Loh Lik Peng is the founder and director of Unlisted Collection, with hotels and restaurants in Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney, where the portfolio includes The Old Clare Hotel, Silvereye, Automata and Kensington Street Social. He travels frequently but lives with his family in Singapore.

Though I travel and my routine changes…
on Saturdays I always try to ride scooters with my four-year-old son at Gardens by the Bay, a huge park on the Marina Bay waterfront. We'll stop at my café Pollen for coffee and cake.

For weekend lunches…
we often go to PS Café or Bincho, one of my restaurants and my son's favourite, for little don rice bowls.

For a business lunch…
Odette, at the new National Gallery Singapore is great: a lovely location, lots of natural light, quite formal.

Speaking of the National Gallery Singapore…
I love it. Opened in November, it spans two of the city's oldest buildings transformed into galleries, a gift shop and a wonderful kids' activity centre.

I like my coffee from…
Chye Seng Huat Hardware, done brilliantly in a former hardware shop in an industrial area in Lavender. The guys who run it are true coffee nerds, travelling to Ethiopia and other places to source their beans, then they age and roast them in two antique roasters.

For comfort food…
Singaporeans love chicken rice. I order it at Tian Tian near my office at the Maxwell Food Centre. For some people it's about the rice or chilli - for me it's how the chicken is cooked.

For the best collectables…
a guy called CK is incredibly knowledgeable and has a fantastic warehouse that he opens on request (+65 9382 3438). He's got incredible collections of fans and bicycles, antique tin signs and much more.

Visitors are always surprised…
when I take them to the colonial-era MacRitchie Reservoir, with pockets of rainforest, criss-crossed by boardwalks and walking trails. It's stunning.

For peace and quiet…
I love the Asian Civilisations Museum, in the middle of the city, to be transported to a different place - perhaps India or Cambodia. It's educational but you can also withdraw from the world here.

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