Episode 24: 20 July
In this episode, the Postcards team is joined by guest presenter Dale Vine, where they travel from the city to the seaside to bring you the very best places to eat, stay and explore throughout Victoria. Shane goes 'pie' crazy, taste testing his way through a variety of pies at Dench Bakery, Cafe Alcaston and Pure Pie. Brodie heads to Lorne where she treats herself to a relaxing massage at Endota Spa before checking in for the night at the stunning Kincraig accommodation. Dale shows off his home town of Geelong and showcases his favourite places such as The Edge, Coffee Cartel, Living etc and Elephant and Castle Hotel. Rebecca sinks her teeth into some sugar at Cobb Lane, By Josephine and Chez Dre.
Dench Bakery, Café Alcaston and Pure Pie
These days, the humble meat pie is getting the royal treatment with organic ingredients replacing the lucky dip mystery meat marvels at the milk bar. At Dench Bakers in North Fitzroy there are specially baked breakfast pies available to take away or eat in at the welcoming bakery cafe. Choose from egg and bacon or mushroom and feta.
At the Paris end of Collins Street, city slickers can find Melbourne's poshest pies at Cafe Alcaston. Tucked away and unassuming, this gem has been keeping office workers happy with homemade pies for over twenty years. Five different pies are made fresh on site every day, including leek, chicken and champagne pies, beef and red wine pies and a cracking shepherd's pie. Each is served with salad and home-made chutney.
On the southern side of town in Port Melbourne, Pure Pie sticks to doing one thing well. All of their pies have artfully pleated, buttery pastry and irresistible fillings like beef, cheddar, Guinness and thyme; or chicken, white wine, mushroom and tarragon. You can pick up a freshly baked family sized pie or an individual pie in the Pure Pie store and in shops and at markets all around Melbourne.
109 Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North
Ph 03 9403 5333
2 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9650 9387
383 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Ph 03 9041 5004
Lorne – Kincraig Accommodation and Endota Spa
'Kincraig' is a gorgeous historic property that overlooks Louttit Bay. It's only a short stroll from town and has enough room for the whole family. Built circa 1888, this beautiful home boasts high ceilings and polished wooden floorboards throughout. The wrap around verandah is the perfect vantage point to enjoy the view and the kitchen is well equipped with a breakfast table and side balcony access, whilst the bedrooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay. The master bedroom is the most luxurious of the lot, featuring a king size bed, flat screen TV, couch and large ensuite. There is a rear entertainment area which is decked out with movies, games and funky furniture as well as a small basketball court and an alfresco fire place. The self-contained studio located on the lower level of the home consists of two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a bathroom.
Endota Spa at Cumberland Lorne Resort is a healing haven which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments such as facials, beauty therapies, body wraps and massage. They have four spacious treatment areas, including a double room which is perfect for couples, and just down the road at Mantra there are five additional treatment spaces, ensuring that everyone gets the pampering they deserve! The spa therapists here use Australian-made and certified organic Endota products, as well as the Dermalogica skin care range which is irritant free and works to improve the skin health of clients.
Great Ocean Road Holidays
Ph 03 5289 4233
Endota Day Spa Lorne – Cumberland Resort
Shop 8/9, 150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Ph 03 5289 1900
Geelong – The Edge, Coffee Cartel, Living Etc and Elephant and Castle Hotel
One of the hottest spots in Geelong is The Edge. Located along the waterfront, it's known for its live music and for being the 'place to be' on a Friday or Saturday night. The owner spent a long time trying to make the venue 'just right' and with the stunning views out the front and only a short distance from Geelong's town center, the location is perfect. The Edge offers a varied breakfast menu but the stand out meal would have to be the 'The Big Breakfast'.
Coffee Cartel is a café that offers unique specialty grade coffees and teas. Depending on the season, Coffee Cartel can have 10–15 different brews of coffee for customers to buy and at least four different types are available to drink each day. You can also order something to eat and there is a tearoom next door that has 180 teas on hand at any given moment.
If you are in the market for furniture and home decorations that are 'on trend', it's hard to go past Living Etc in Belmont. They stock a lot of products that are sourced locally, including their stunning sofas and tables.
Elephant and Castle Hotel in McKillop Street is one of Geelong's most loved pubs. Built in 1891, this grand old dame was bought by the Mayor of Geelong – Darryn Lyons two years ago. Darryn, who was once a photographer has his photos throughout the hotel including the current Beatles Exhibition.
6–8 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong
Ph 03 5222 2666
6/21 Leather Street, Breakwater
03 5222 6115
Corner High Street and Mt Pleasant Road, Belmont
Ph 03 5241 2664
Elephant and Castle Hotel
158 McKillop Street, Geelong
Ph 03 5221 3707
Cobb Lane, By Josephine and Chez Drez
Cobb Lane is a bakery cafe, where you can enjoy a perfect coffee with your cake, or you can also ask the chef and owner to cook you up one of his big British breakfasts. However it's the doughnuts, which are fluffy balls of happiness, jam packed full with salted caramel, fruit curd or creamy custard, that really stand out. There are also tarts made with salted caramel, chocolate and cardamom; or white chocolate and yuzu, or the creative cookies.
At By Josephine in Brunswick, you can find authentic French macarons made in a rainbow of colours and flavours. Josephine also makes plenty of other mouth-watering treat. Josephine is also known for creating French style high tea. The three tiered stands are laden with delicate, home-made treats, including savoury bouchees as well as sweet tarts and cakes, all miniature versions of the bakery's delicious range.
Great pastry chefs are always dreaming up the next best cake, and the talented people here at Chez Drez are no exception. The chocolate tart is so much more than just a chocolate tart. More than a dozen different kinds of petit gateaux are made here and the café is often filled to the brim with cake loving customers who keep coming back for more. But although some cakes change with the season, the chocolate tart is a permanent fixture.
13 Anderson Street, Yarraville
Ph 03 9687 1538
365 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Ph 03 9380 8048
Rear 285–287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Ph 03 9690 2688
Run Melbourne is a great way to promote healthy living and fitness, so participate in a major community event and raise funds for your chosen charity.
Where: Federation Square
When: Sunday 27 July, 2014
Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
Why not plan a trip to the Murray to enjoy this year's Winter Blues Festival in Echuca-Moama in a few weeks' time.
When: 25–27 July, 2014
Danie Mellor: Exotic Lies Sacred Ties
This week is your last chance to see the Danie (DANE-Y) Mellor exhibition 'Lies Sacred Ties' at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
Where: TarraWarra Museum of Art
When: Until 27 July, 2014