The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

BROWNBrothers’ Epi­curean Cen­tre, ad­ja­cent to the longestab­lished win­ery and cel­lar door in Vic­to­ria’s Mi­lawa Gourmet Re­gion (two hours north­east of Melbourne), is a cel­e­bra­tion of the re­gion’s fare. Chef Dou­glas El­der sources mainly lo­cal pro­duce to cre­ate hearty favourites such as slow­cooked rolled leg of lamb with spinach and potato puree and veg­eta­bles proven­cale, or laven­der and vanilla marsh­mal­low par­fait with poached quince, rose­wa­ter and spiced pop­corn. To drink? One of Brown Broth­ers’ finest drops (many avail­able only on site), nat­u­rally. More: (03) 5720 5540; ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Luke Nguyen’s Viet­nam: The next best thing to ac­tu­ally trav­el­ling with this per­son­able chef is to watch his en­joy­able es­capades as he scours his an­ces­tral home­land for the best (and fre­quently most un­usual) dishes; and Luke Nguyen is never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in. Tonight, 6.30pm, Life­Style Food. Tiger Man of Africa: There are no tigers in Africa, right? Try telling that to nat­u­ral­ist John Varty, who raises the striped beasts at Tiger Canyons in South Africa; start­ing with two zoo-born tigers, his aim has been to es­tab­lish a self-sus­tain­ing, free-rang­ing pop­u­la­tion. Mon­day, 6.30pm, NatGeo.

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