The best Melbourne hotels to book
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by Yen Villaceran
1h ago
Whether you’re heading to Melbourne for a big annual event, such as the AFL grand final or the Melbourne Cup, or simply planning a long weekend in Australia’s cultural capital, you’ll no doubt want to elevate your city jaunt with a stay at a plush Melbourne hotel. From hip Melbourne hotels a stone’s throw from city bars and restaurants to recently opened stays offering rooftop pools and panoramic views, these best hotels in Melbourne offer both location and luxury. The Victorian city has dazzling outposts of some of the world’s largest hotel groups, art-filled boutique Melbourne hotels and the ..read more
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The chocolate pudding recipes you need for winter
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by Charlotte Wishart
1h ago
Warm chocolate pudding. Molten centres. During winter, resistance is futile. Whatever type of chocolate pudding you’re looking for, we have an option for you. Dip your spoon into our chocolate self-saucing pudding, made with almond milk for a nutty twist. Our recipe for a chocolate ricotta pudding sounds funky, but is unparalleled – the ricotta gives it an exquisite fluffiness. And don’t knock the stout and chocolate pudding till you try it – the dark beer lends a delicious malty dimension to the dessert. Looking for more winter puddings? Chilli chocolate lava cake Chocoholics delight, becaus ..read more
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Unleashing luxury: 6 pet-friendly accommodation options for you and your dog
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by Jessica Lynch
1h ago
Skipping town to break the everyday rhythm never goes astray when resetting the ol’ system. However, when you have a four-pawed family member depending on you, your weekend getaways can become more of a hindrance than a holiday. While many Airbnbs and hotels prefer those with fur and on all fours to remain off their premises, there is now a bounty of accommodation options around Australia welcoming dogs, cats and other pets to also get in on the R&R.  With stays in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, we take a look at our top picks of luxe pet-friendly accommoda ..read more
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On board the Eastern & Oriental Express through Malaysia
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by Joanna Hunkin
1h ago
It sounds like a riddle my grandfather might have posed: What takes three days and spans decades and continents? The answer, in this case, is a Solaire Journey aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, which recently resumed service after a four-year hiatus. My grandfather is on my mind as I am transported back in time. He used to ride this train back when it was known as the Silver Star – a luxury sleeper service that ran between Auckland and Wellington in the 1970s. His is just one of thousands of lives and stories tied to this piece of living history, which is now bedecked in the opulence ..read more
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Types of steak: We talk to two experts on the best steak cuts (and all the juicy details)
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by Charlotte Wishart
23h ago
Charred, blushing and delicious, well-butchered beef has long been a dining centrepiece. Understanding the different cuts of beef is essential to ensure your steak is sizzling with the perfect sear. So, we’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting your types of steak by talking to those who know best. Who knows their way around a steak better than the executive chef of some of Sydney’s finest steak restaurants? Chef Pip Pratt heads up The Gidley, Bistecca and Alfie’s, and certainly knows his secondary cuts from the prime. With an impressive wet-ageing facility housed within Alfie’s, Pratt ensure ..read more
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Vue de Monde
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by Cordelia Williamson
23h ago
Vue de Monde has been through several incarnations since it opened in 2000. Its journey from edgy street-level Carlton terrace to glamorous 55th floor perch in a CBD skyscraper has never failed to attract attention with its combination of style, substance and eye-watering expense. There have been times when style and expense have trumped substance, but with this current incarnation, chef Hugh Allen in charge and a three-month closure for renovation under its belt, VDM has positioned substance front and centre. Tellingly, while the renovation did give the dining room a spruce, adjusted the ligh ..read more
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Seven trips to take from Honolulu in Hawai’i
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by Jessica Lynch
3d ago
Hawai’i is a trove of beauty and adventure just waiting to thrill your senses. Don’t sit still for long; use the Aloha capital as your base and make a break for the islands. You’ll find sacred waterfalls, verdant valleys and a never-ending array of Pantone pigments. And that’s just for starters. Read on for eight trips to take from Honolulu, Hawai’i – plus how to get there and where to stay. Seven trips from Honolulu 1. Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout Just eight km northeast of Honolulu, on the Pali Highway towards Kailua, you’ll find panoramic views of Oahu’s Windward Coast. Park up and enjoy ..read more
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Beat the cold: Quick and easy winter dinner ideas (plus a few desserts)
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by Cordelia Williamson
3d ago
When the weather gets cooler and you don’t have time to braise some beef cheeks, roast a chicken or cook with your slow cooker, turn to these quick and easy winter dinner ideas. Made from ingredients that are in season, these quick and easy recipes for winter make for fabulous entertaining meals and simple weeknight dinners. We have comfort food dishes, buttery steaks and quick dinner recipes that use just one pot. We have fast vegetarian recipes for cold weather and easy (and cheesy) recipes for pasta lovers who are short on time. Plus, of course, everyone’s winter food favourite: easy soup r ..read more
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Chef’s choice: Top restaurant-quality dinner ideas
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by Kayla Wratten
3d ago
You don’t need a reason to indulge in elevated midweek dinners (though hosting a dinner party will do the trick). Treat yourself and whip up a restaurant-quality meal to enjoy in the comfort of your home. For inspiration, we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite recipes from Australia’s best chefs, restaurants and food brands — from Shannon Martinez’s robust, vibrant stew to Peppina’s golden pizza fritta. Whether you’re cooking for loved ones or craving a top-notch meal midweek, try these impressive dinner recipes this season. Shannon Martinez’s chickpea stew This hearty vegan stew is ..read more
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Chilli chocolate lava cake
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by Alexandra Harris
3d ago
This is a delightful interplay of sweet and spicy, where the sweetness of chocolate is punctuated by the warmth and complexity of chilli, creating a harmonious balance of flavours in a classic molten chocolate lava cake. Ingredients 100 gm unsalted butter, chopped, plus extra for greasing 4 tsp cocoa powder 180 gm dark chocolate, chopped 2 eggs, plus 2 yolks 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 60 gm plain flour ½ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for scattering Vanilla ice-cream, to serve Chocolate Ganache 85 gm dark chocolate (40% cocoa solids), chopped 60 ml (¼ cup) thickened crea ..read more
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