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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.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

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."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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Trend forecast: Ace Hotels

It's the company you keep as much as the real estate you inhabit that determines the staying power of next-generation boutique hotels, says Ace Hotels' chief brand officer, Kelly Sawdon. "Finding like-minded people and being able to hear what things excite them - that can really be the key to unlocking a city," she says.

Sawdon, who spoke in Sydney recently at the Semi Permanent design festival, says Australia remains on Ace's radar for expansion, along with Cuba, Europe and South East Asia, though she offered no time frame. "It's really more about finding the right partners, the right project, the right city," says Sawdon. "When all of those stars align, that's when you know you have something special."

In a decade with the dynamic hotel group, Sawdon has overseen the opening of eight hotels in North America and one in London, each property uniquely fine-tuned to reflect its location and community. As head of Atelier Ace, she'sinvolved in everything from interior and graphic design to food and drink offerings and online stores.

Ace Hotel, New Orleans.

Ace Hotel has based its business on an "anti-velvet rope" approach to hospitality, which draws on the energy and expertise of local creatives to help turn faded or low-profile neighbourhoods into destinations. To this end Sawdon has helped broker partnerships with artists, and brands such as Opening Ceremony, London Design Festival, Coachella and APC. At its new hotel in New Orleans, which opened in March in a former furniture store in the Warehouse District, the "minibar" is stocked with Louisiana jazz, zydeco and Cajun vinyl, and the hotel has teamed with local organisations such as Liberty's Kitchen to help at-risk youth find jobs.

"In new cities, people really want to find things that make them feel like they've immersed themselves in the culture of that community," Sawdon says.

"They want to get a sense of what makes that particular city tick." acehotel.com, atelierace.com

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