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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."

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.

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.

Australia's best rieslings

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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.

Notel, Melbourne

An Airstream at Notel

An Airstream at Notel

Take six shiny vintage Airstreams. Hire a 50-tonne crane to hoist them onto the rooftop of a two-storey city car park. Kit out the caravans with designer fittings, ensuites and minibars - and what do you have?

No, not a hotel. It's a Notel, and it opens in Melbourne - above a laneway, naturally - on Friday 26 August.

James Fry is the man behind the elevation of the humble caravan. His family car park, Fry's Fast Park down the southern end of Flinders Lane, is the setting for the city's hipster trailer park where nightly room rates start at $395 for accommodation, with no staff on site (though a staff member is on call), no room service and no facilities.

Interior, Notel.

But Fry is confident the concept will capture the imaginations of travellers seeking unique experiences in the Victorian capital.

The caravans, all vintage from the 1970s, have been "completely redone as very high-end, hotel-room interiors", he says. The six are similar except for one "Airstream with Benefits" (for $440 a night) that has a private deck with spa bath above Flinders Lane.

Common to all are queen-sized beds, custom interiors of bright pink, grey and white, and woven vinyl Bolon flooring, and swank bathrooms with full-height showers and Malin & Goetz toiletries. Complimentary minibars contain Melbourne-brewed Shiki beer, Paul Louis Champagne, waters, chocolates and snacks.

Airstream with spa.

There's no check-in or check-out desk. Guests download the Notel app and receive directions and an "air key" to their rooftop accommodation. There are no actual, physical staff on site. In-room iPads feature virtual concierges who advise guests on what to see, do, eat and drink in the city. Through Fry's contacts, Notel's concierge will be able to secure bookings at some of the city's more infuriatingly unbookable restaurants.

If people want more conventional hotel accommodation, "to sit in their room and have food delivered to their door, I will help them book at the Hilton", Fry says. "But if you are coming to stay with us, we want you to go and experience Melbourne and really enjoy it. You're going to love our Airstreams. But more than that, we want you to find the hidden gems, live like a local."

Bookings through the website only: notelmelbourne.com.au.

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