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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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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

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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.

Archie Rose's Horisumi-Winter gin

Talking boutique gin and symbolism with Kian Forreal, acclaimed Japanese-tattoo artist and Archie Rose collaborator.

The scoop on NYC’s Museum of Ice Cream

The museum's rainbow sprinkles pool

The museum's rainbow sprinkles pool

New Yorkers like ice-cream so much they've dedicated an entire museum to it for a month.

The hottest ticket in New York right now is not a Broadway show or a concert. It's the Museum of Ice Cream, a pop-up exhibit in Manhattan's Meatpacking district running until 4 September. This is how much New Yorkers love frozen treats: a month's worth of $18 tickets sold out before the museum opened its doors. Since then counterfeit passes have reportedly been sold online, and the museum has released more tickets and an extended run date until 10 September in response to the public's insatiable appetite for ice-cream.

Four-stacked ice-cream

Scroll through the museum's Instagram feed (which already has nearly 30,000 followers) and you'll see why. The posts are of colourful ice-cream-inspired artwork, candy-hued confections, and a Willy Wonka-esque "rainbow sprinkles pool" filled with imitation hundreds and thousands. The wading pool is one of the many whimsical interactive exhibits at the museum, which include an ice-cream sandwich swing and scoop-shaped seesaw. There's also a collaborative attempt at building the world's largest sundae, where each museum visitor over the course of the month adds a scoop to a giant bowl. Visitors are warned off eating too much of the unusual ice-cream, however; it contains an enzyme that prevents it from melting.

Cone lights

Of course each guest receives an ice-cream cone or milkshake that they can safely eat, courtesy of a rotating pool of New York purveyors. They can also taste an edible helium balloon which would be the hit of any children's party; bite a hole anywhere in the sugar-based balloon and then suck out the gas for a squeaky-voiced thrill. Even more unusual are the tablets made of Synsepalum dulcificum, aka miracle fruit or miracle berry. A protein in the plant temporarily affects the palate, causing sour foods to taste sweet. One visitor reported that it made a lemon slice taste like lemonade. Perhaps the museum should hand those pills out to all the New Yorkers who tried and failed to get tickets, as a reminder of what to do when life gives you lemons.

Museum of Ice Cream, 100 Gansevoort St, New York, museumoficecream.com; open until 10 September.

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