ZINIO logo
Food & Wine
Gourmet Traveller

Gourmet Traveller December 2017

Each issue is packed with great dish ideas, hot restaurants and bars, entertaining tips, the best hotels and lavish spreads on some of the world’s most intoxicating travel destinations - everything you should expect from the Australia's premier food and travel magazine.

Read More
Are Media Pty Limited
SPECIAL: Save 50% on your subscription!
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Last Christmas was my first with a child of my own. A combination of having a baby, living in the US and cabin fever induced by sub-zero temperatures meant I got enthusiastic about the season. Decorations, stockings, carols, a visit to Santa Claus – I even put my son on personalised Christmas cards. I’ll be frank: I had some time on my hands and used it to mull over Christmas traditions and those our new family might make our own. Those little things that are unique to each family’s celebration, the details you remember as an adult and feel nostalgic about. My brother, who lives with his family in London, adopted his wife’s tradition of starting Christmas day with chocolate biscuits and tea in bed. My husband’s family gather around the stereo…

1 min.
where we’ve been

Liz Elton, creative director; Havana, Cuba Never has a holiday destination made me wish so much for a time machine. While the crumbling streets of Old Havana are charming, to see them in their prime would have been truly spectacular. @liz.elton Helen Anderson, travel editor; Luang Prabang, Laos There’s still a place in the world where ladies cycle with parasols aloft, where a town feeds hundreds of monks daily, where the Mekong flows swifter than time. @handersonglobal David Matthews, subeditor; Govetts Leap, NSW The walk to Pulpit Rock ends out on the promontory where cliff mallee ash clings on as precariously as the link fence, the wind whips and the vastness of the Grose Valley, raised upwards millions of years ago, engulfs you. @davidpilihp…

2 min.

FIONA CAULFIELD, writer Made in Bengaluru, p164 “The city of Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of India, but this is just one aspect of its creative culture,” says Caulfield, who has lived in the city since 2005. Until recently known as Bangalore, it’s a city where “traditional craft sits alongside cutting-edge design”. Caulfield is the founder and publisher of the authoritative and handcrafted “Love Travel” books and “Made In” series “celebrating authentic Indian luxury and paying homage to India’s craft legacy”. PETER MEEHAN, writer Seats of Power, p76 Food writer Peter Meehan was a cofounder and editor of the now-dead magazine Lucky Peach and before that a restaurant columnist for The New York Times. He has written and worked on lots of cookbooks and is working on another one right now about outdoor…

1 min.
what we’re eating

LAO DARK HONEY, Azerai Bistro Follow a longboat outing on the Mekong or evening meditation at a village temple with this dessert by chef Ben Faker at the stylish new hotel Azerai Luang Prabang. There are hints of the jungle in Lao dark-honey ice-cream and honeycomb with slices of caramel-smoky sapodilla and tangy tamarind purée. Azerai Luang Prabang, Setthathirath Rd, Ban Hua Xieng, Luang Prabang, Laos. HELEN ANDERSON, TRAVEL EDITOR ROASTED PINEAPPLE, OUZO CARAMEL, MASTIKA ICE-CREAM, Island Market Trigg Note to self: roast more fruit. For advice, look to beachside Island Market Trigg, where executive chef David Coomer matches muscovado sugar, anise-flavoured liquors and pineapple. I could perhaps learn how to make their ice-cream, but the sea is calling. Island Market Trigg, 364 West Coast Dr, Trigg, WA, (08) 9447 0077. MAX VEENHUYZEN,…

2 min.
blackwattle singapore opens

Tetsuya Wakuda, Ryan Clift and David Pynt are just a few of the expat Australian chefs who have starred in food-obsessed Singapore in recent years. Clayton Wells, chef-patron of Sydney two-star Automata, has joined this growing fraternity, transforming a former shop-house in the buzzy Amoy Street food and drink precinct into Blackwattle. It has much in common with its elder sibling. Both occupy two-storey spaces, share sparse aesthetics and feature centrepiece chandeliers created by London designer Paul Firbank. Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng, Wells’ backer at Automata and owner of neighbouring The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, has also come aboard at Blackwattle as a business partner. And then there’s the food: tightly composed plates, daring yet rewarding combinations, razor-sharp execution. It’s a routine that should be familiar to fans of Automata,…

2 min.
play the market

Spittelberg Market, Vienna, Austria The Christmas market in the boho district of Spittelberg is more about neighbourhood socialising than wooden-cabin retailing. In cobbled courtyards and along winding streets lined with offbeat boutiques, bars and galleries, friends gather in the snow with mugs of Amarenacherry Chilli Punch and glühwein, inhaling the smell of woodsmoke and waffles, and queuing for south Tyrolean dumplings at Knödleria. spittelberg.at Marché de Noël, Montreux, Switzerland Even by Swiss standards, the alpine views from Montreux’s annual market on the shore of Lake Geneva are splendid. Chalet-shops sell handcrafted gifts and calorific snacks of raclette, röstis and vin chaud, and there’s more seasonal cheer nearby at the Christmas village of Caux and a medieval market at Chillon Castle. Childen love the short cog-train trip to see a jolly old…