Our favourite food and travel products this month.
Dec 02, 2013 5:03am
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Aussie wine writer Tyson Stelzer's highly regarded practical guide to Champagne (Hardie Grant Books, $39.95, hbk) includes pronunciation tips and all. "Mo-wet" indeed.
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If you enjoy espresso-style crema, this isn't the maker for you. But it's ideal for capturing nuances of the bright, fruity single-origin coffees currently in vogue. Invented in 1941, the Chemex is little more than an open-topped hourglass, elegant in its simplicity. Thick filter papers trap grind sludge, allowing water to drip through unhurriedly to create a brew that's clear and without bitterness. It's less of a faff than espresso, but the dose needs to be consistent - papers should be primed and the grinds need time to bloom - so it's not exactly set and forget. With its good looks, though, it's easy to see why it's a hit with restaurants.
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These new-season organic cotton Hobes, a handmade line by Melbourne designer Georgia Hobart, are soft, slim and carry-on luggage light. Emily Green Hobes, $159.
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Jo to the world
This Christmas-cracker trio of travel-sized Jo Malone surprises includes body crème, body wash and cologne, $60. 1800 661 062.
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Longines' new line, Conquest Classic, is a tribute to the watches it first produced for racegoers and jockeys in 1881. Ladies steel and 18-carat rose gold watch with diamonds, $6975. (03) 8844 3300
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As recounted in her new book, Maggie Beer's Maggie's Christmas is fresh, produce-driven and, yes, flavoured with verjuice (Lantern, $49.99, hbk).
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Here's one for the entertainer who likes to take their eggnog to the next level. This nutmeg grater is manufactured by no less a grinding authority than Peugeot. It's $55 from Waimea Trading.
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Panettone with the mostest
Here's a sure-fire way to bring more excitement to your Christmas bread: soak the raisins in Bepi Tosolini's Most grappa. Get yours ready-made from Enoteca Sileno for $53.
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Sydney A to Z
From Allawah to Zetland, amusement parks to zoos, Alphabetical Sydney is a salute to the city in whimsical illustrations by GT contributor Antonia Pesenti and catchy verse by playwright Hilary Bell. NewSouth Books, $20.