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A Foodie’s Paradise

From satisfying hunger pangs in the air to selecting the most delicious dessert out of 51 entries, Travel 3Sixty° invites you on yet another dive into the world of foodie delights.

Words: R. Rajendra

Farm’s Best

The Rayner Stone Fruit Orchard located in Woori Yallock, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne, welcomes visitors to experience the bounty of the earth in the sylvan surroundings of the Yarra Valley. Home to over 300 varieties of fruit, the farm visit includes tasting tours of fruits picked fresh from its trees that includes nectarines, peaches, juicy plums and apricots. Visitors can also hop on Tractor Fruit Tasting Tours that wind through stone fruit groves, allowing them to sample the fruits while enjoying informative commentary. Even if visiting a fruit farm isn’t really your thing, you won’t be able to resist the delicious offerings at the on-site café – especially the fruit fl avoured drinks, smoothies and 70% fruit content ice cream and ice poles! www.raynerstonefruit.com.au

GETTING THERE AirAsia X flies daily to Melbourne. Go to www.airasia.com for details.

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A sliced peach

Yum In The Air

For an explosion of amazing flavours, try AirAsia’s super delicious Green Curry Chicken or Bukhara Chicken Briyani meals. These scrumptious offerings made with mouth-watering Asian spices and the freshest ingredients complete your flying experience. You’ll find it hard to stop at one pack! What’s more, you can now pre-book* these meals up to 24 hours before your flight! *Available for pre booking on Malaysia AirAsia flights only (T&Cs apply)

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Green Curry Chicken

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Bukhara Chicken Briyani

Dessert Of The Year

With 80 judges blind tasting entries from 51 executive pastry chefs, finding 2013’s Kempinski’s Dessert of the Year was no walk in the park. The finale that took place at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St Moritz during Kempinski’s European Gourmet Summit finally saw executive chef and master chocolatier William McCarrick’s (from Çıragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul) creation called the Bosphorale emerge as the winner. The winning entry is a rich cake that contains the best of local flavours, such as apricots from Kayseri and Bergamotscented Earl Grey tea from the Black Sea coast of Turkey, elegantly combined with Valrhona chocolate. www.kempinski.com

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Celiac syndrome (a collection of symptoms caused by intolerance to gluten) affects many, and up to 55 diseases have been linked to it. Consumers who are allergic to this protein found in wheat, rye and barley suffer from a variety of ailments such as severe discomfort produced by bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, as well as neurological issues and auto-immune diseases. Celiacs are advised to eliminate gluten from their diets to alleviate suffering. Rice, corn, sorghum, chickpeas, fava beans, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, tapioca and sweet potato are all considered safe substitutes. http://glutenfreeworks.com

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Muesli Mania

Healthy food brand, Table of Plenty, has launched a new breakfast cereal that can be eaten year round! This muesli can be consumed hot as a tummy-warming porridge or cold as toasted muesli. Made with all-natural raw oats, sultanas and pepitas, and flavoured with cinnamon and honey, this muesli is a lovely way to kick-start your morning! Available at Woolworths Australia for AUD5.99 for a 350g box. www.tableofplenty.com.au

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Almost all seafood contains some amount of mercury, a naturally occurring element found in the environment and, especially toxic in water when it is converted to methylmercury. When consumed in large amounts, this contaminant is hazardous to human beings, especially pregnant women, women intending to get pregnant and young children. As a general guide – the larger the fish, the higher the level of mercury in its flesh. So, go for smaller fish such as anchovies, whitebait, sardines, tilapia and trout, and shellfish such as  clams, shrimps and crayfish. www.fda.gov

Hurray for Chia!

It’s been around for a long time, but only lately has it become a popular health food. Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Soaked and drunk as a beverage, they are easy to consume. Health websites list up to 15 benefits of consuming this miracle seed. Here are some:

  • It is gluten free.
  • It is exceptionally high in dietary fibre, ideal for digestion.
  • It contains 20% Omega-3 ALA oils, making it a super food for the brain and heart.
  • It boasts 20% protein and is a complete protein with all eight essential amino acids.
  • It is high in antioxidants – four times higher than blueberries!
  • It contains five times more calcium than milk.
  • It contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges.
  • It contains three times more iron than spinach.
  • It contains twice the potassium content of bananas.
  • It promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
  • It has a positive impact on balancing blood glucose levels.

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Flair For Food

Philippines is not only blessed with natural beauty and cultural diversity, but also a rich culinary heritage that offers a sensational journey into flavours and textures. To help visitors better appreciate the cuisine, Tour Flair offers The Food Safari, a showcase of Philippines’ natural, historical and cultural attractions, which includes learning to prepare and savour gourmet Filipino dishes. In May 2013, Chef Niño Laus’ blend of French and Japanese cuisine will take centre stage during the Quezon leg of the Food Safari where guests will dine in an ancestral house in the picturesque town of Sariaya. Besides The Food Safari, Tour Flair also offers excursions to Boracay, Banaue and AmanPulo. www.tourflair.com

GETTING THERE AirAsia flies to Manila (Clark) from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei. Go to www.airasia.com for details.

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FLY TO MELBOURNE TO X-PERIENCE YARRA VALLEY

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