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Gourmet Traveller November 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.

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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Somewhere around the start of this decade we all became gin drinkers. Craft distilleries opened and thrived across the US, UK and Australia and after a short lag marketers began to launch all kinds of products, of varying quality, to capitalise on the trend. These seem to have reached fever pitch this party season. I refer to gin Christmas baubles, gin advent calendars (and watch out, millennials) glamorously packaged gin pong kits. Of course, there are some good ideas, too. Here in Australia Four Pillars will release its second small batch of Christmas-spiced gin this year and in a new twist they’ll also be selling gin-spiked puddings. Seems ’tis the season for mother’s ruin – once the drink of the poor and ruinous, marketed as a way to dull the drudgery…

1 min.
where we’ve been

Max Veenhuyzen, Western Australian editor; Washington Lummi Island is a postcard-perfect collage of flora and sea. It’s also home to Willows Inn and its chef-owner Blaine Wetzel, a Noma alum who champions the island’s pristine bounty. @maxveenhuyzen Pat Nourse, managing editor; San Francisco Surprise heatwave. Highly specialised vape pens. Improvised tiki. Bookshops for days. Erotic fan-fiction readings of Stephen King’s It. Hey, San Francisco, don’t go changin’. @patnourse Michael Harden, Victorian editor; Freycinet Marine Farm, Tasmania These guys spread a linen cloth on a table in the middle of the water and you stand around it, waist deep, drinking Tasmanian sparkling while they pull oysters out of the water, shuck ’em and hand them to you. @michaelharden50…

1 min.

CHRIS CHEN, photographer Sweet memories , p108 “I loved shooting the nostalgic sweets story because it brought back childhood memories,” says Chris Chen. “I remember trading showbag lollies with my brother; we’d lay out all our goodies on the floor and then the negotiations would begin.” Chen lives in Sydney, and is no stranger to sweet treats, having photographed travel and food for GT for more than a decade. Nonetheless, these grown-up versions, she says, brought back that “sense of delight”. JIM MEEHAN, bartender & author How to throw a party , p54 Jim Meehan threw his first party in high school while his parents were away. He has since graduated to bartending at some of New York’s best bars, including his own famed cocktail bar, PDT, and publishing two bartending bibles. He has also…

1 min.
what we’re eating

ENSALADA DE NOPALES El Sabor Zapoteco At her cooking school in rural Oaxaca, Reyna Mendoza Ruíz, doyenne of Zapotec cuisine, likes to keep it real, using traditional stone implements. Happily, as this salad of jicama and cactus flavoured with avocado leaves and epazote shows, the hard way usually turns out to be very easy to eat. Av Juárez 30, Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico PAT NOURSE, MANAGING EDITOR TACOS WITH BEEF BARBACOA Barrio Collective Though this snug café is best known for its outstanding coffee (V60s with Ethiopian beans! Honduran flat whites!), it’s no slouch in the snacks department. Tacos stuffed with slow-cooked beef and topped with pico de gallo have enough spice and crunch to convince you to order more. Barrio Collective, 30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT SAMANTHA TEAGUE, EDITORIAL COORDINATOR VEAL BRAIN…

2 min.
treasures of the medina

A 4000-year-old Bactrian sculpture, a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh and a 1948 drip painting by Jackson Pollock are among treasures displayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates’ capital. After 11 years of planning and construction, including a five-year delay caused by the oil crisis and technical problems, the museum city opens this month with 23 galleries housing 300 works loaned by the Paris mothership and a dozen other French institutions, and more than 600 works acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and inspired by traditional Arabic architecture, the medina of 55 squat white buildings connected by promenades is crowned by the key architectural feature: a huge, silvery dome 180 metres in diameter, which alone took two years…

2 min.
ferguson australia

WHO: Robert Ferguson started his Southern Rock Lobster fishing business in 1969 and it has since grown and diversified into a third-generation fishing company. Circa 2017, Ferguson Australia now places an emphasis on sustainable fishing practices across many species, and in August the company achieved international Friend of the Sea certification for six of its wild-caught local fish species. HOW: Ferguson Australia sources stock from about 100 small South Australian fishing families working the Southern Ocean, from Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island to the Limestone Coast. Speed of processing is this company’s point of difference. “All our fish are filleted on the day they’re caught, immediately vacuum sealed and frozen,” says export and marketing manager Eliza Ferguson. Currently, Ferguson’s frozen retail range consists of wild-caught garfish, Bight redfish, King George whiting,…