LITTLE BLACK BOOK
TONY Bilson, often referred to as the godfather of Australian cuisine, has long been known for his pursuit of excellence in gastronomy through his former restaurants, including Berowra Waters Inn, Kinselas and Bilson’s. The colourful restaurateur and chef has just released his memoir, Insatiable (Murdoch Books, $39.99). Best wine list: La Tour d’Argent, quai de la Tournelle, Paris, has the most comprehensive wine list in the world. Desperate to get back to: Albi, a quaint 12th-century village in southwest France recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Albi Cathedral (formally known as the DEALS OF THE WEEK Hunter harvest: Book before October 31 for a Qantas Holidays gourmet getaway in the NSW Hunter Valley; from $540 a room twin-share, including two nights at the Hunter Resort , breakfast at San Martino restaurant daily, a pack of 12 premium wines, and vineyard tour. Travel until December 15. More: qantas.com.au/travel. Cathedral of Saint Cecilia) is incredible, as is the surrounding countryside. Unless I visit Albi, I feel I haven’t been to France. Must visit: The Art Institute of Chicago (in Grant Park) has one of the world’s most notable collections of impressionist and Magical Margaret River: Book an all-inclusive West Australian wine tour on the date of your choice, including gourmet lunch at Fraser Gallop Estate, guided Wilyabrup coastal cliff walk, four-wheel-drive visit to the Meekadarabee Falls and more; from $165 a person (normally $205). More: margaretriverdiscovery.com.au. post-impressionist paintings, including six of Monet’s Haystacks and a number of his Water Lilies. Best culinary experience: Dining at Carre des Feuillants, rue de Castiglione, Paris, for Alain Dutournier’s excellent Basco-Bearnaise cuisine. Distinctive hotel: The luxurious Hotel le Bristol, on rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris, has a wonderful entrance and a dining room decorated like the inside of a cello. Best Australian destination: I enjoy the scenery along the Snowy River, particularly near Dalgety, NSW, and hope to see the planned release of water into the system. Southern Comfort: Get a taste of Italy at New Zealand’s Pen-ybryn Lodge at Oamaru on the South Island on November 13. Chef Jo Seagar will launch her new book, Italia, with dishes prepared by the Pen-y-bryn team. A two-night package for two, including breakfast and the Italia dinner, from $NZ1160 ($905). More: penybryn.co.nz.