Food

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A bowl of egg custard pudding with mushrooms and leaves at Yoshitey in Gotanda Hills in Tokyo
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Is this Japan’s new food hub? | Go, Go Gotanda | A taste of Tokyo

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

Gotanda’s tiny dancers are foodie central for visitors to Tokyo I am sitting at the counter of Yoshitey, one the tiniest in Tokyo I’ve eaten in. At five diners, it’s two more than usual. Chef Yoshitey Enya is delivering dish after dish: butter fish sashimi, charcoal grilled sticks of unctuous salmon, custard pudding with tiny…

Preparation is everything for Amber Guinness, author of A House Party in Tuscany, who has mastered the art of hospitality.
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Tuscan temptress | what makes a good host | Celebrating easy Italian food

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Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

For Amber Guinness, Italian hospitality is an art form. In her 18th century farmhouse in Tuscany, where guests come to eat and paint, this passionate home cook shares her template   Before I had even finished browsing through Amber Guinness’s new cookbook, I had made pea and mint soup, an asparagus and ricotta tart, and…

Capital Bar & Grill at Colombo's Shangri-La Hotel
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Colombo’s boost juice | An arts-led recovery | Creatives call the shots

Groucho
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After the terrorist attacks that rocked Colombo, Sri Lankan creatives shaped an arts-driven recovery that could become a template for a post-Covid-19 world… Over glossy Beijing duck and tiger prawn kung pao at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace, Ajai Vir Singh is explaining how the arts community led Sri Lanka’s recovery after the Easter 2019…

A colourful spice souk in the Moroccan town of Rissani
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Colours of Morocco | the bold & the beautiful | artisans at work

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Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

From the vibrant medinas of Marrakech to the riads of Fes and the ochre sands of Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s colour palette is the gift with purchase Colour plays a starring role in the architecture, craftsmanship, food and culture of Morocco. Even taxis play the colour card in this strategically located North African country with the…

remymartin XO cognac cinnamon notes sydney 12micron barangaroo
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Cognac couture | the XO factor | aromarama

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Describing the ‘notes’ in a glass of wine or Cognac has always been the somewhat mysterious art of the connoisseur. Rémy Martin’s international ambassador Alexandre Quintin puts a simple spin on it. The six-foot long table in the private dining room at Barangaroo’s 12-Micron restaurant table is dressed like an Old Master’s still life. It’s an artfully…

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In search of the best chocolate | Cacao couture | The block

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Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Technique, vision, and a Venezuelan cacao bean have produced a chocolate that leading chefs are doing their block over … Some never forget a face. Chef Giovanni Pilu, of the award-winning Sydney restaurant, Pilu, never forgets a taste. Several years ago, he encountered what he thought might be the perfect chocolate. “It was at the…

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Food’s ugly ducklings | who dares, wins | An outing with offal |

Groucho
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  Offal is possibly one of the food world’s most divisive menu items. Most people either love it or loathe it.  If it’s the latter, there’s a harbourside dining dock that might change your mind…   Offal is never going to be the gourmet world’s red carpet glamourpuss. Not for brains, tripe or liver the…

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foraging in flinders lane | melbourne calling | laneway browsing

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From gourmet fuel to new wardrobe staples, painted laneways to lessons from history … Melbourne’s Flinders Lane is a cultural mixed tape for the day-tripper, dedicated browser or business boffin playing hooky. These are Excess All Areas’ evergreens…. Grain Store We’ve high-tailed it down to the “wrong” end of town, where the queue for takeaway coffee…

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melbourne on a whim | from diamonds to Dinner | choirs to Cognac

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Why Melbourne brings out the fashionista, foodie and culture vulture in all of us… The plan for Excess All Areas’ visit to Melbourne this month was simple: there was no plan. Hop on a plane and let fate dictate for 48 hours. Here’s what was especially rewarding about a guerrilla hit on Victoria’s capital… 1….

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