Episode 20: 30 June
This week on Postcards the team check out the hottest spots to eat and be entertained both in the CBD and the suburbs. Shane Crawford munches his way through countless Italian delights at three eateries in the city – the revitalised Brunetti café in Carlton, the buzzing Meatball and Wine Bar in Flinders Lane, and the Spring St Grocer at the top end of town. Brodie Harper goes behind the scenes of 'Cavalia', the dazzling production that marries equestrian arts, acrobatics and theatrical effects, and special guest Shane Jacobson takes Rebecca Judd on a mini tour of Altona and Williamstown.
New Italian Eateries: Spring St Grocer, The Meatball and Wine Bar and Brunetti
Situated at the top end of town, opposite Parliament, 'Spring Street Grocer' is like a boutique delicatessen you might find tucked away in the chic suburbs of Rome. The food store section stocks all sorts of fancy ingredients, but it's the Gelateria Primavera that really gets tongues wagging, due to flavours such as pistachio and salted caramel with chili. Then there's the Rolls Ready sandwich bar which has a selection of breads, gourmet ciabattas and brioche rolls, filled with scrumptious delights such as suckling pig and watercress. And don't forget to check out the cheese cellar downstairs before you leave!
Also taking Melbourne's food scene by storm is the 'Meatball and Wine Bar' on Flinders Lane. This artisan restaurant serves up pork, beef, chicken, fish and vegie balls as well as mini-balls, sliders, fresh mozzarella balls and a medley of prized meats on their charcuterie boards. To experience all the taste sensations on offer, be sure to mix and match different meatballs with the selection of sauces and sides. This gem is open every day, serving breakfast from 7am during the week and opening at noon on weekends.
On the outskirts of the city in Melbourne's little Italy, the famous Brunetti café has returned to its original site on Lygon Street and is bigger and better than ever. At the heart of the newly renovated space is a coffee bar where you can stand and sip just like they do in Italy. From there take a walk around the café and experience an array of Italian favourites, such as biscuits, pastries, freshly baked breads and gelati. There's also a deli and foodstore, not to mention the most exciting new feature – the pizzeria, complete with a specially designed wood fire oven. Brunetti Café in Carlton is open from 6am until late seven days.
380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Ph 03 9347 2801
The Meat Ball & Wine Bar
135 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 9654 7545
Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9639 0335
The big top has popped up in Melbourne with the opening of Cavalia, a magical encounter between human and horse. Created by the same producers behind the world renowned Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia is set to wow Australian audiences for the first time. The dazzling production marries equestrian arts, acrobatics and high tech theatrical effects at never before seen levels. In the show, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen, drawing spectators into a dream-like virtual environment. Cavalia is a lavish production involving 47 magnificent horses and featuring 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world. Cavalia opens in Melbourne on 24 July, 2013.
Docklands Drive, Docklands
Ph 1800 765 955
Altona and Williamstown: Altona Foreshore, The Anchorage and The Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club
The Esplanade in Altona stretches alongside the foreshore and is lined with majestic Norfolk Island Pines. It is one of the few roads in Melbourne that runs so close to the beach and allows you to see the curve of the shoreline and the CBD in the distance.
Not far from this picturesque spot is 'The Anchorage' in Williamstown, which is a seafood focused eatery set in an historical boat shed. It overlooks a marina with origins back to the 1940s. Located on The Strand, the Anchorage has new owners, has recently undergone a refurbishment and has added a new Coffee Shed to cater for those after a quick hot drink and bite to eat.
Further down the road, located on Nelson Place is the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club. This is one of the oldest continually operating motor boat clubs in the world, founded in 1904. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a meal or a drink at this club house with superb views of Melbourne.
The Anchorage Restaurant
34 The Strand, Williamstown
Ph 03 9397 7799
Royal Victorian Yacht Club
260 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Ph 03 9397 5036
EJ Whitten Legends Game
For all football fans, don't forget to book your tickets for this year's EJ Whitten Legends Game at Etihad Stadium on 10 July, 2013.
Where: Etihad Stadium
When: Wednesday 10 July 2013
Medibank Icehouse School Holiday Program
Also at Docklands, Medibank Icehouse is the perfect place for families to really get into the swing of winter, so why not put your skates on and take part in their school holiday program?
When: Until 14 July
King Kong the musical is making its mark in Melbourne, so now is the time to book your tickets to experience one of the most incredible productions to ever grace the stage.
Where: Regent Theatre