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Gourmet Traveller October 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

2 min.
editor’s letter

For Christmas last year I destroyed my family’s Italian heritage. My husband, Pete Giugni, grew up in a family that celebrated their Italian roots with gusto. Roman history and architecture were his father’s favoured topics of conversation. Great Italian composers echoed through the home, pasta was prepared. Cumulatively, hours were spent on the phone spelling out and correcting the pronunciation of “Giugni”, and when the first grandchildren arrived, Pete’s eldest brother went big on Italian names: Paulo, Luca and Hugo. When December 25 rolled around last year, I was excited to present Pete with a DNA test. In exchange for a small test tube of saliva, it promised to reveal his exact genetic make-up. It took just six weeks to deliver the results and crush his family’s very fixed sense of…

1 min.
where we’ve been

Helen Anderson, travel editor; Uluru, NT Big sky, big desert, big rock. All the things I love about Uluru came together during a wander through the Field of Light. Even better, the season has been extended to 31 March 2018. @handersonglobal Brooke Donaldson, deputy art director; Waikiki, Honolulu My friend Anya and I wanted to escape winter and where better than Hawaii? We spent two weeks in the sun, exploring Oahu and enjoying cocktails on the beach. Mai Tais ahoy. @brookedonaldson1 Maggie Scardifield, staff writer; northern NSW My partner, Morgan, and I spent a few days exploring Cabarita Beach. Our meal at Fleet in Brunswick Heads, and two nights at Halcyon House, was a fantastic way to welcome spring. @mjscardi…

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JOHN IRVING, writer, translator Echoes of empire, p140 Despite living all his adult life in Italy, Irving visited Trieste for the first time this year. “I’m well acquainted with the major cities in Italy,” he says, “but Trieste was missing from my list.” He wasn’t disappointed. “I’d always been drawn by its past under Austrian rule, by its contemporary contribution to Italian culture.” But the locals impressed him most. “Outgoing and lively but polite and well-mannered. Picture Neapolitans transplanted to Vienna.” NATASHA PULLEY, novelist Unpacking, p168 From inquisitive llamas to Japanese pub stories, historical fiction writer Natasha Pulley finds the best adventures on her research forays are often the smallest. “I never know exactly what I’m looking for when I travel,” she says. “Authenticity, language, better understanding of culture, something strange – it’s embarrassingly vague,…

1 min.
what we’re eating

FUSILLI, COZZE E CECI, Fico House-made fusilli, cooked bang-on al dente, served with local mussels and a purée of chickpeas cooked in dashi, finished generously with paprika and finely zested lemon, and lifted with sprigs of wild fennel – and not a skerrick of cheese in sight. Fico, 51A Macquarie St, Hobart, Tas, (03) 6245 3391 SUE DYSON AND ROGER McSHANE, TASMANIA EDITORS AGNOLOTTI DI CARNE E PARMIGIANO ESPUMA, Sosta Cucina Translation: gorgeous hand-pinched parcels of pork, veal and mortadella tossed with a rich and enormously satisfying parmesan zabaglione seasoned generously with black pepper. It’s typical of the standard of pasta that’s kept this old-school-style Italian joint humming for the past decade. Sosta Cucina, 12 Errol St, North Melbourne, Vic, (03) 9329 2882 MICHAEL HARDEN, VICTORIA EDITOR SPAGHETTI ALLA CHITARRA, Sagra On a warm spring…

2 min.
art of africa

At the heart of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, opened last month at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is a spectacular atrium shaped like a grain of wheat, carved from one of 42 concrete silos and lit like an “industrial cathedral” by a glass roof. Built in 1921 and lying empty for the past 27 years, the city’s landmark grain silo complex now houses 80 galleries of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, the first museum of its kind on the continent. Spread over nine floors, the development includes centres for film, photography and art education. Much of the collection is owned by former Puma CEO and entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz. The chief challenge of the $50 million project, says British designer Thomas Heatherwick, whose company Heatherwick Studio…

2 min.
miinot gelato

WHO Emma Nicholas-Jennings and husband, Gary Jennings, owners of Melbourne gelato shop Miinot, learnt their trade helping Nicholas-Jennings’ parents at their gelateria on the Mornington Peninsula during holiday season. “We got sick of travelling back and forth, so we thought we’d do our own,” she says. The couple took a risk on a derelict strip of shops in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and opened Miinot in 2015. Despite its off-piste location, the gelateria attracts people from all over the city. WHAT Local ingredients are used to make flavours such as honey, yuzu and feijoa. On any given day, the cabinet might hold a dairy-free banana, coconut and charcoal gelato, or the OMG, which has layers of salted-caramel gelato, Nutella and butterscotch. Recently, Shropshire Blue from Melbourne cheesemonger Harper & Blohm was crumbled…