Episode 01: What's new
Rebecca Judd along with Shane Crawford, Brodie Harper and Glen Moriarty, welcome you to the first episode of Postcards for 2013. This year will be a very exciting one for the entire team as we celebrate our 15th year on air. We look forward to sharing many memorable experiences with our viewers over the coming months.
Euroa Butter Factory
The Euroa Butter Factory was built in 1901 on the banks of Sevens Creek and thanks to a major renovation has been turned into a modern warehouse-style bed and breakfast. With a range of rooms to suit most budgets, you'll slip into the relaxed country lifestyle before you even unpack. The venue space and gardens make it a very popular location for weddings and celebrations looking for a rustic country setting, and with some of Victoria's best produce on the doorstep, there are a few more reasons to celebrate. If you're looking for a few more excuses to visit you'll find them at the store. There's great coffee and there's always something straight from the kitchen if you're after something sweet, plus a range of gifts if you feel like picking up a present for someone back home.
79 Boundary Road North, Euroa
Ph 03 5795 1408
Frangos and Frangos
You can't drive through Daylesford without noticing Frangos and Frangos, which has slowly been transformed from an old corner pub into an iconic restaurant and café, and now offers luxury accommodation of twelve opulent individually styled rooms. All have been designed and decorated by owner James Frangos with romance, intimacy and luxury in mind. Onsite there are plenty of amenities including Frangos and Frangos fine dining restaurant and Endota Day Spa, whilst a few steps down Vincent Street you'll discover Frangos Collection, a stylish storehouse of clothing, home-wares, gifts and goodies from all over the world.
82 Vincent Street, Daylesford
Ph 03 5348 2363
Essenza and Savoia Restaurant at Mont De Lancey
Essenza, located on the Maroondah Highway in Healesville, just an hour from Melbourne, is a new café to emerge in the Yarra Valley. It has optimised the slender laneway space to create an intimate Italian inspired eatery. Pull up on the long pew and browse the local produce that lines the walls as you wait for your breakfast, lunch, coffee or cake.
The same owners have also spawned a bigger restaurant in the grounds of Mont de Lancey Historic Homestead and Museum. Savoia opened this summer and whilst the building may appear to look like a barn inside, you'll be pleasantly surprised by its sleek and chic interiors. The menu boasts a variety of seasonal and regional delights from the Yarra Valley.
191B Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Ph 03 5962 5081
Savoia Restaurant at Mont De Lancey
71A Wellington Road, Wandin North
Ph 03 5964 2409
Rosetta, Captain Baxter and Stokehouse
Acclaimed celebrity chef Neil Perry's latest venture at Crown is Rosetta. A sophisticated Italian restaurant, it offers indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the promenade and Yarra River. Rosetta's food is seasonally driven, taking its inspiration from some of Neil Perry's favourite Italian regional recipes.
Meanwhile over on Port Phillip Bay at St Kilda you'll find Captain Baxter, located at the St Kilda Sea Baths. Here they offer modern Australian fare prepared in an open air kitchen. Nearby on Jacka Boulevard there's the grand old dame of waterfront dining the Stokehouse. Stokehouse Downstairs, having undergone a renovation is now called Stokehouse Cafe, there's a fresh and breezy feel about the place. This iconic bistro epitomises beach shack glamour.
Crown Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
Ph 03 8648 1999
St Kilda Sea Baths
10–18 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Ph 03 8534 8999
30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Ph 03 9525 5555
Water Taxi, South Wharf and Federation Square
The brand new WTC Yarra Loop is a hop on, hop off water taxi with four fantastic stops. The WTC Yarra Loop service operates on Friday afternoons and evenings, and from noon until 6pm on the weekend. It costs just $5 for a single ride or $10 for unlimited day use which allows you to hop on and off as you like.
You'll find a whole new restaurant precinct within the 120 year old heritage listed cargo sheds on South Wharf Promenade, which is just behind the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The newest addition to this fabulous food scene is Shed 5, where the flavours of Greece have been given a modern makeover and really good things are coming out of the wood fire oven.
Fed Square's rooftop has been transformed into a village of busy bees, and it's estimated they'll make 350 kilograms of honey each year! There are 40 rooftop bee villages already operating in Melbourne's inner city, but this is one of the biggest apiaries in Melbourne.
Melbourne Water Taxis
If you're looking for a great night out combining Broadway and comedy, make sure to book your ticket for the production of 'Souvenir', running for a limited season at Chapel Off Chapel.
When: 20 February – 10 March
Where: Chapel Off Chapel
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne
The 2013 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an event not to be missed, with the Langham Melbourne hosting a Masterclass on 9–10 March. Book now for your chance to be part of this acclaimed event.
When: 9–10 March
Where: Langham Melbourne
Sand Sculpting Australia
The Frankston foreshore is the place to be with all the family over the coming months to admire this year's 'Under the Sea' sand sculpting spectacular.
When: Every daily until 28 April 2013
Where: Frankston Foreshore
More: 1300 322 842 or visitfrankston.com