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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue -

LONG Is­land fluke with smoked pur­ple pota­toes, leeks and black truf­fle jus ($US46), Nova Sco­tia lob­ster with shal­lots and lemon but­ter ($US41) and a slow-poached egg with pad­dle­fish caviar, smoked pump­kin and bot­targa (US$15) are among the sub­lime seafood dishes at Danny Meyer’s new North End Grill in New York’s down­town Bat­tery Park area. Bom­bay-born head chef Floyd Car­doz is quite the celebrity — he won Top Chef Mas­ters last year — and his up-mar­ket grill is al­ready crowded with the Big Ap­ple’s movers and shak­ers. More: northend­grill­nyc.com. DEALS OF THE WEEK Celebrity sail­ings: Sixty US chefs and wine ex­perts are on Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s 2012 Culi­nary Arts Cen­ter Pro­gram. Pas­try chef Kaushik Chowd­hury, from JW Mar­riott Ari­zona, joins MS Am­s­ter­dam in Oc­to­ber dur­ing the 50-day Grand Asia and Australia Voy­age; from $7298 a per­son. More: hol­lan­damer­ica.com.au. Fiji feasts: Masterchef New Zealand judge Si­mon Gault will hold cook­ing classes on a four­day Cap­tain Cook Cruises Reef En­deav­our voy­age to the North­ern Ya­sawa Is­lands de­part­ing Nadi on Au­gust 14; from $1098 a per­son twin-share, in­clud­ing meals, ac­tiv­i­ties and three classes. More: cap­tain­cook.com.fj.

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