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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.

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. 

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.

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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.

O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

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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