Episode 07: 23 March
This week the Postcards team travel to some of Victoria's most beautiful and unique restaurants and accommodation. Shane kicks off the show by tucking into some souvlaki, hamburgers and good old fish 'n' chips at some of Melbourne's most interesting and new take out eateries. Lauren showcases Bendigo Art Gallery's latest exhibition before diving into some gourmet food and drink at the funky Dispensary Enoteca. Brodie enjoys a garden party on the gorgeous grounds of The Garden of St Erth, as well as sampling their home-grown produce at their on-site café. Glen closes the episode by showcasing the newest addition to one of Victoria's most stunning and iconic houses, The Pole House in Anglesea.
Melbourne take away
Shane discovers some of Melbourne's newest and most creative fast food joints. He stops by TV chef George Calombaris' Collingwood souvlaki store, Jimmy Grants and immerses in the Greek experience. Jimmy Grants is rhyming slang for immigrants and the menu is also a play on the immigrant experience with souvlakis called 'Mr Papadopoulos' and 'the Nonna Maria.' Next Shane visits Melbourne's own Huxtable restaurant which has taken the burger experience to a new level, introducing their new venture, 'Huxtaburger.' Their American style burgers have such a huge following there is now three Huxtaburger shops around the city. Just down the road is Hooked, a fancy fish and chip shop with two smart looking stores in Fitzroy and Windsor. Healthy grilled fish and salad options are plentiful, but the fish fried in a tempura batter and the fancy hand cut chips are sensational.
113 Saint David Street, Fitzroy
Rear 357 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9417 6328
384 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9417 7740
The Bendigo Art Gallery and The Dispensary Enoteca
An hour and a half out of Melbourne is one of Victoria's largest and most loved country towns – Bendigo. The Bendigo Art Gallery plays host to international large-scale exhibitions and Lauren explores the latest addition by enjoying a VIP guided tour of 'Genius and Ambition' by London's Royal Academy of Arts. The current exhibition features 30 significant works by Australian artists.
Bendigo's best food and drink is at the Dispensary Enoteca, an intimate bar and restaurant found down one of Bendigo's intriguing little laneways. This hidden gem boasts one of the best all-round drink menus in the country featuring local beers, wines and spirits, as well as the very best drops from around the world and the kitchen also serves up a superb modern Australian offering.
The Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo
Ph 03 5434 6088
The Dispensary Enoteca
9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo
Ph 03 5444 5885
The Garden of St Erth
The Garden of St Erth is a secret garden tucked away in the small town of Blackwood just an hour north west of Melbourne. Cocooned within the Wombat State Forest, the quaint cottage garden is run by The Diggers Club. You can take a tour of the grounds with one of their expert green thumbs and see their abundance of edible plants that provide the onsite cafe with fresh produce. The café's menu is all about tasty yet simple ingredients that don't need overpowering with elaborate sauces and cooking, so you must stop by for a bite to eat.
Simmons Reef Road, Blackwood
Ph 03 5368 6514
McGain's Nursery, Cafe and Food Store and The Pole House
The 90 minute drive along the Great Ocean Road to Anglesea contains some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Anglesea is home to McGain's Nursery, Café and Food Store, which not only contains an impressive selection of plants but is also the perfect spot to grab breakfast or lunch. What started out as a family owned nursery is now a tranquil oasis containing a huge array of plants as well as a massive selection of herbs and edible flowers from the gardens.
The Pole House on Fairhaven Beach is an architectural masterpiece as well as being the most iconic house along the Great Ocean Road. Standing 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, the views from the Pole House are spectacular. The house has a queen size bed plus a bathroom, kitchen and lounge area complete with entertainment system and fireplace. Sorella Grande is a recent addition to this property and is the sister to the Pole House. With a lift, open plan living area comprising of polished concrete floors, Victorian ash timbers and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the coast, this house is anything but ordinary. The lounge room can be converted into a cinema and the open plan living expands to this alfresco dining area complete with built-in outdoor fire. The main bedroom overlooks the Pole House and has a king size bed plus state of the art entertainment system and ensuite. The second bedroom has a queen size bed and separate bathroom therefore it can sleep up to four or six if you hire the Pole House as well.
1 Simmons Court, Anglesea
Ph 03 5263 3841
Great Ocean Road Holidays
28–30 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet
Ph 03 5220 0200
The Wednesday Night Market
This Wednesday night is your last chance to enjoy all of the food and fun at the Queen Victoria Night Market, so check it out before the event packs up for another year!
Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Until 26 March, 2014
Lior – 'Scattered Reflections Tour'
Following the release of his fourth studio album, singer-songwriter 'Lior' will be touring Victoria as part of his 'Scattered Reflections Tour', so be sure to head along to one of his acclaimed live shows!
Where: Various venues across Victoria
When: 28 March 28 – 9 April, 2014
Red Hill Community Market
The Red Hill Community Market will be buzzing on Saturday 5 April 5, so venture down to the Mornington Peninsula and find yourself some treasures to take home.
Where: Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill
When: Saturday 5 April, 2014