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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.

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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Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

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.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky at Mount Zero Olives

Under Sky at Mount Zero Olives

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

Three hours west of Melbourne, the dry, rocky landscape of the northern Grampians National Park is ideal olive-growing territory. The bio-dynamically farmed, family-run grove at Mount Zero Olives was planted in the region over 70 years ago and today produces some of the best Manzanilla and Gordal olives in the country, not to mention olive oil, pink lake salt and a handful of pulses and grains.

Under Sky.

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year at the grove, and Mount Zero has teamed up with luxury camping and outdoor specialists Under Sky to create a five-week pop-up camping hotel on the property. Under Sky will set up a collection of five-metre square canvas bell tents made by local label Homecamp, each kitted out with a plush bed (yes, that means mattress and all) laid with Hunting for George linen, soft towels, woven rugs and natural toiletries. Each spacious tent will also come supplied with an outdoor table and two chairs for sundowners and card games, as well as an Esky, cutlery and serving set.

Mount Zero surrounds. 

You're welcome to bring your own supplies, but if you'd rather leave it to the team at the on-site Mount Zero café, they'll provide breakfast hampers to your tent each morning, and will also supply coffee, tea, a light lunch and take-away picnic hampers for those heading off to hike, rock climb or explore wineries in the area. On Friday nights the Under Sky team will cook wood-fired pizzas, and there'll be a communal fire-pit for guests to gather round on cool evenings. We can't think of many other places we'd rather be.

The Under Sky pop-up camping hotel at Mount Zero Olives will run from 31 March - 7 May  and reservations are now open. See undersky.com.au/#locations for more information and to book. Mount Zero Olives, 3/2a Holmwood Rd, Tottenham, Vic, mountzeroolives.com

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