Though he’s lived in Bangkok for years and has visited pretty much every other major city in Southeast Asia, Lawrence Osborne says Jakarta was never on the agenda—until now. “Indonesia’s capital is considerably less visited than places like Bangkok, making it something of a mystery to me. But that’s a good part of its allure. Sprawling and confusing? Yes. But if nothing else, I had a lot of fun there.” Page 82. She may be from Melbourne, but Natasha Dragun is convinced that her new home city of Sydney is stealing the dining spotlight from its southern sister. “It’s not easy pleasing Sydney diners— crowds can be fickle, and style is often given precedence over substance,” she says. “Thankfully, a raft of new restaurants is turning the food scene on its head, providing another tasty reason to linger in the Harbour City.” Page 110. “I've always loved wide open spaces, but southern Chile is taking that to an extreme,” says San Diego–based writer Joe Yogerst. “The largerthan-life landscapes, the lack of almost anything man-made, the gale-force winds, the strange wildlife . . . makes it seem like you've landed on some far off planet rather than an isolated corner of our own earth.” Page 92.