Episode 10: 13 April
This week on Postcards, the team don their Abukbras and enjoy a slice of country in the city. Glen gets into the country life at Ceres Environmental Park where he learns the science to creating a sensational home garden as well as trying some organic, locally produced vegies at Ceres' cafe. Lauren heads to High Street Armadale for some retail therapy, with some stunning country-style furniture, before refueling at the aromatic Phillippa's Bakery. From a French village to the English country-side, Brodie taste-tests the best provincial baking Melbourne's CBD has on offer at The Grain Store, Le Petite Prince and Tivoli Road Bakery. Lastly, Shane heads to the Collingwood Children's Farm Market where he meets some local stall holders before tucking in to a feast at the rustic farm cafe.
Ceres Environmental Park
Ceres Environmental Park is situated on the banks of Merri Creek in Brunswick East. It is a center for education and research in environmental strategies and offers educational programs, workshop courses and tours with an insight into supporting sustainable ways of living. There is also a popular café on site which uses around 80% organic ingredients, most coming from the Ceres organic market garden. Most days there is live music on the grounds and you can pick up some delicious organic produce from the Organic Market on your way out. Ceres' nursery shop has heaps of information on getting your garden started and right next door is the Ceres shop, which has a great selection of educational material and gift ideas on sustainable living.
Corner of Roberts and Stewart Street, Brunswick East
Ph 03 9389 0100
Armadale – Town & Country Style, Maison Est and Phillippa's Bakery
Town & Country Style on High Street Armadale is a decorators' dream store. It offers an elegant collection of furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories to suit both casual and classy spaces. Whether you're after a classic outdoor setting or a sofa straight from the Hamptons, Town & Country Style has it all.
Just down the road is Maison Est Fine Furniture which specialises in selling unique chairs, tables and cabinets from around the globe. The store stocks everything from Chinese antiques, recycled timber dining tables and linen couches to French arm chairs and lanterns.
Phillippa's Bakery, also nestled along High Street, sells a wide variety of freshly baked breads, warm savouries, and melt-in-your-mouth cakes. The shelves are stocked with all your pantry essentials including jars of homemade preserves, packets of biscuits and their muesli or granola is a 'must get' on your way out.
Town & Country Style
747 High Street, Armadale
Ph 03 9576 3000
1174 High Street, Armadale
Ph 03 9500 8287
1030 High Street, Armadale
Ph 03 9576 2020
The Grain Store, Le Petit Prince and Tivoli Road Bakery
The Grain Store, located on Flinders Lane, taps into the area's history of warehousing grain and stock from the countryside. There's an all-day breakfast menu and the chef loves to make the most of seasonal organic produce, much of which is grown in the café's roof top garden. With the offering of an a la carte menu as well as a mouth-watering counter full of freshly made food, it's hard to make a decision on what to have, but you must leave room for dessert and the four large chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven!
Le Petit Prince pinched its name from a beloved French novel, and channels the feeling of the French countryside into a charming little café. It has a relaxed atmosphere and playful country-chic décor that gives it a cosy, inviting appeal. Pretty al fresco tables set out on the sidewalk are a reminded of Melbourne's village appeal. The menu offers all day brekky and tempting lunches.
It's best to get to Tivoli Road Bakery in South Yarra early so you can sample some eccles cakes before they all sell out. The Tivoli Road Bakery doubles as a popular café serving sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls and a rotating roster of soups and braised specials. A visit here is not complete until you're hoeing into one of the baker's iconic donuts filled with lemon custard, rhubarb or salted caramel.
The Grain Store
517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 9972 6993
Le Petit Prince
1A Mercer Road, Armadale
Ph 03 9824 6404
Tivoli Road Bakery
3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra
Ph 03 9041 4345
Collingwood Children's Farm Market
Collingwood Children's Farm is located on the banks of the Yarra River in Abbotsford. The community owned market takes place on the second Saturday of each month and each stall holder also grows or makes the goods they sell so you can sample and buy farm fresh, organic, seasonal fruit, vegetables, seedlings, herbs and juices from over 70 producers in just one spot. Freshly baked breads, olive oils, homemade condiments and free range eggs along with smoked meats and fish are also on offer as well as delicious artisan cheeses. Also on site you'll find the Collingwood Children's Farm, a unique and true treasure in Melbourne, the farm offers a country experience to city folk. It's a wonderful experience for children to see animals they wouldn't normally meet on a daily basis. The café is one of the farm's main features, open for breakfast and lunch, and always promises to provide a delicious and nutritious meal. Recently renovated – the rustic Farm Café is now undercover and can be enjoyed no matter what the season is.
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Ph 03 9417 5806
Bendigo Winemakers Festival
The annual Bendigo Winemakers Festival is on Easter Sunday at the Botanical Gardens in Castlemaine, so why not pay a visit.
Where: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
When: Sunday 20 April, 2014
Australia Post Stawell Gift
If you're heading to the Grampians next weekend, then why not get your running shoes on and support one of the world's most famous footraces, the annual Stawell Gift.
When: 18–21 April, 2014
EMPIRE by Spiegelworld
In the CBD, 'Empire' has returned to the Rooftop at Crown until May 11 and is wowing audiences all over again!
Where: Rooftop at Crown, Whiteman Street, Southbank
When: Until 11 May, 2014