David's Restaurant, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
Albertines of Beechworth, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
Bress Wine, Cider and Produce, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
Cirque du Soleil, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
Conservatory, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery, Postcards television, Victoria, Australia
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Episode 03: 3 March

Rebecca Judd and the rest of the Postcards team gave viewers a sneak peek at the best city eateries and regional gourmet locations you must pay a visit too, as well as a behind the scenes catch up at one of the biggest shows in town at the moment. Shane goes to Bress Wine, Cider and Produce in Harcourt, later catching up with the cast from Cirque Du Soleil. Glen visits Albertines in Beechworth. Brodie indulges at the new ice cream and chocolate eatery in the Yarra Valley leaving Rebecca to showcase some of Melbourne's most beautiful restaurant rooms in which to dine.

Albertines of Beechworth
Where do you go in Victoria to get the type of good old fashioned hospitality that's almost impossible to find? Well, you can start off in the historical town of Beechworth, about three hours from Melbourne. Albertines of Beechworth is a charming bed and breakfast and owners Owen and Judy take special care to ensure all their guests enjoy their stay. On arrival you are welcomed with a package that consists of some local cheese and plonk to ensure your stay at Albertines gets off to the perfect start. Owen and Judy travelled all over the world, from London, Paris and Rome, and collected pieces for the house. If you're looking for that perfect place to unwind and relax, the number four suite feels like the perfect home away from home. So whether or not you sit back or get out and explore all this area has to offer, it's totally up to you.

Albertines of Beechworth
12 Albert Road, Beechworth
Ph 03 5728 2842
albertinesbeechworth.com.au

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
If you have a sweet tooth then brace yourself, as there's a new kid on the chocolate block in the Yarra Valley who specialise in not only fine Belgium chocolate but ice cream too. At an easy hour's drive from the CBD in Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery is a great destination for families. Or for those visiting the region's renowned wineries, you could mix things up by stopping by for some sweet samples. Between tastings you can enjoy some savoury dishes in the café, where they serve light lunches as well as morning and afternoon tea. Home grown and local produce is highlighted in their menu, as well as their impressive truffle cabinet. And for ice cream lovers, the delectable range of homemade ice cream and gelato will surely tickle your fancy. There are 20 mouth-watering flavours to choose from, all made fresh daily onsite.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen 
Ph 03 9730 2777 
yvci.com.au

Cirque du Soleil
Roll up, roll up! The world's most famous circus is in town. That's right – Cirque Du Soleil has popped up the big tent at Docklands and is set to dazzle audiences with their latest creation, Ovo. Ovo delves into the interesting world of insects, bringing to life their colourful ecosystem, all of which hatches from an impressive egg, or 'ovo' as it's called in Portuguese. The spellbinding show is made up of an international cast who represent 16 nationalities. Each has their own special talents and skills.

Cirque du Soleil
Docklands Drive, Docklands
cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

Bress Wine, Cider and Produce
Bress Wine, Cider and Produce is a beautiful 20 hectare property located in the Harcourt Valley, with spectacular views of the granite outcrops of Mount Alexander and the surrounding foothills. It takes about 80 minutes to drive there from Melbourne's CBD. Dining at the Bress Kitchen is a shared table experience that's only available at weekend lunch from spring to autumn. Adam Marks, owner, cooks a three course set menu in his wood fired oven and there is also home-made bread and pizzas for the kids.

Bress Wine, Cider and Produce
3894 Calder Highway, Harcourt
Ph 03 5474 2262
bress.com.au

Food in beautiful spaces – Conservatory, David's Restaurant and Moon Under Water
David's is a dining institution serving unique, quality Shanghai cuisine. The place has undergone a new direction not only with a contemporary look designed by Interior designer Hecker Guthrie, but there's also a new take on the food. The place has gone a little more casual. You can still book in for the ever popular yum cha or enjoy their many shared dishes, along with their new lunches for busy people.

For a wow factor of a room, the Conservatory at Crown has a whole new look. There's careful attention to detail from the bespoke chandeliers to the exquisite chairs and custom made carpets. Located on level one, it's an elegant space for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

One place across town that has that extra special feel and is the foodie destination of the moment is Moon Under Water – with the menu designed by acclaimed chefs Andrew McConnell and Josh Murphy. It's the dining room of the newly refurbished Builders Arms Hotel, an historic public house on Gertrude Street.

David's Restaurant
4 Cecil Place, Prahran
Ph 03 9529 5199
davidsrestaurant.com.au

Conservatory
Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank
Ph 03 9292 5777
crownmelbourne.com.au/conservatory

Moon Under Water
Builder's Arms Hotel
211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9417 7700
buildersarmshotel.com.au/moon-under-water

Postcards Diary

Rosebud Kite Festival
If you're heading to the Mornington Peninsula next weekend, be sure to take a look at the annual Rosebud Kite Festival.

Where: Rosebud Foreshore
When: 9–10 March
More: rosebudkitefestival.com.au

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is offering an 'Earth' MasterClass on Friday 8 March, so come along for a unique outdoor, roaming event featuring interactive workshops that will explore the elements and focus on all things earth.

Where: CERES Environment Park, East Brunswick
When: Friday 8 March 2013
More: melbournefoodandwine.com.au

The War Horse
This week is your final opportunity to see the spectacular production 'War Horse', which will come to an end on 10 March.

Where: Art Centre State Theatre
When: Until 10 March, 2013
More: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

SheppARTon Festival
Voices will soar in harmony throughout the SheppARTon Festival, an arts and community celebration based around the theme 'Emerging Voices', so make sure to pop in and check out what's on.

More: sheppartonfestival.org.au


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