Ham it up in Soho

She’s the talk of London town: award-winning designer Kit Kemp and partner Tim have just announced the launch of their Firmdale Hotels’ eighth property in…

Red Obsession – Class of 2014 + Jones Winery

I’ll admit it; I’m obsessed with wine. Not just any wine… Australian wine. Not always reds, but they tend to be a preference. The huge…

Geoffrey Michael Pâtissier

FIVE MINUTES WITH ALBURY PÂTISSIER GEOFFREY DIMITROVSKI  Tell us about the name: Geoffrey Michael Pâtissier?  GM: Geoffrey Michael are my first and middle names. My…

Matthew Jukes’ Top 100

Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines 2014/15 – 11th edition, launched.  Britain’s most widely read wine critic, Matthew Jukes, launched his 100 Best Australian Wines…

A Catalan Obsession with Fungus

Richard Cornish forages for the fungal truth in Catalonia, as the locals make their annual pilgrimage to the hills in their quest to find elusive…

Celebrating an Elixir of Life – Mira Moon HK

As we gallop into the year of the horse, Essentials has noticed that jade rabbits seem to be breeding like, well… rabbits. There’s the news…

Benalla Goes Nude

Australia’s newest art prize, and one of its richest, was delivered on a stormy night in Benalla this autumn. More than 300 people braved wind…

Brunch at Baileys

It’s not all big old-world reds at Baileys of Glenrowan. Today a new balance is provided with good food and a marvellous native garden environment…

Fred Williams – The Pilbara

Fred Williams visited the Pilbara region of Western Australia for the first time in May 1979 at the invitation of his friend Sir Roderick Carnegie,…

Gougères

Serves 4 (makes about 30 gougères) 250ml water 165g unsalted butter 5g crushed black pepper 12g cooking salt 250g plain flour 10g nutmeg, freshly microplaned…