Episode 31: 15 September
This week on Postcards, it's all about food, fashion and fantastic holiday escapes! Glen Moriarty travels to the coast and checks out the family friendly RACV Cape Schanck Resort where he has a hit of golf, enjoys a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant and puts his feet up in one of the beautiful villas. Brodie Harper discovers the best places to eat and sleep in Kyneton, including the stylish Ellis House and Annie Smithers' Bistrot which serves up French inspired regional fare. Lauren Phillips enjoys a day of fun and fashion at the Myer Spring Fashion Lunch at Flemington Racecourse, where she speaks to several designers about their collections and what they expect to see at this year's Fashions on the Field. She also stops by Myer in Bourke Street to put together the perfect Spring Carnival outfit. Finally, Rebecca Judd finds three eateries on the outskirts of Melbourne that will satisfy even the fussiest of foodies – Adeney in Kew, The Stables of Como in South Yarra and GG – a modern European style restaurant in East Melbourne.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
RACV Cape Schanck Resort is situated just a stone's throw from the famous Cape Schanck Lighthouse, which is an hour's drive from Melbourne. The resort is home to a magnificent 18-hole par 70 championship golf course that is rated among the top 100 in the country. The course is designed by renowned course architect Robert Trent-Jones Junior and has spectacular ocean views on nearly every hole, not to mention the tree-lined fairways and huge greens with large open bunkers.
Right next to the pro shop you'll find The Golfers Lounge which is a great spot to grab a café style meal before, during, or after a round. If you're after something a little fancier, the resort restaurant has a very impressive a la carte menu and a wine list featuring the best drops from Mornington Peninsula vineyards. The resort also has a stunning function space which overlooks the golf course and is the perfect setting for corporate events and coastal weddings.
If you are keen on spending a few days at the resort, there are plenty of great facilities and fun activities to keep the whole family happy. The indoor recreation centre has a pool table, air hockey table, foosball table, table tennis table and lounge area with a TV. There is also a gymnasium, a sauna, an outdoor heated pool with adjoining spa, three tennis courts, four kilometres worth of walking/running tracks plus BBQ areas with ripping views of the coastline.
When it comes to accommodation the resort has plenty of options, including two and three bedroom villas nestled right on the golf course that are perfect for families and groups. There are also ocean view rooms, newly upgraded premium ocean view rooms with all the modern luxuries and two bedroom executive suites if you need a little extra space.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck
Ph 03 5950 8000
Kyneton: Ellis House, Annie Smithers' Bistrot
Located just a few streets back from the centre of Kyneton, which is just an hour's drive north west of Melbourne, Ellis House promises a stylish stay. Combining rustic comfort with modern luxury, it's the perfect country escape. The impeccable grey interiors give the house a calming and natural feel and the unique pieces found throughout such as the Dutch glass and brass lanterns add to its character. The five bedrooms are made up of one king, three queen beds and one king single, and are fitted with lovely AURA bed linen. Aesop products are provided for pampering in the two bathrooms and outside there's a huge garden, vegie patch and an original 19th century summer house.
Annie Smithers' Bistrot has been one of Kyneton's most popular restaurants since it opened in 2005, and the new owners are still serving up the same French inspired regional fare that Annie Smithers is known for. There have been a few small updates to the furnishings, including new artwork and stylish Scandinavian dining tables and chairs. The chef has quickly established ties with many local producers who provide the best seasonal produce. You can expect dishes like an entrée of pork belly with blood pudding, pickled quince and Jerusalem artichoke puree, as well as delicious desserts like poached pear with spice and raisin cake, honey jelly and yoghurt sorbet. Annie Smithers' Bistrot is open for lunch and dinner from Thursday to Sunday.
30–32 Edgecombe Street, Kyneton
Annie Smithers' Bistrot
72 Piper Street, Kyneton
Ph 03 5422 2039
Myer Spring Racing Fashion Parade
One of the biggest events of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is the Myer Spring Fashion Lunch at Flemington. Each year over 800 guests come to enjoy fabulous entertainment, delicious food and an exclusive Myer fashion parade. Melbourne socialites grace Flemington's Atrium in their finest race wear to watch the latest trends parade down the catwalk. One of the famous faces amongst guests was iconic international model and actress, Jerry Hall – who is currently starring in the play The Graduate at Her Majesty's Theatre, as well as Kris Smith and Lauren Dundovic who are both Myer ambassadors. From pretty florals, to bold graphic prints, the parade offers plenty of inspiration for the spring racing carnival.
If you're a fashion forward person wanting to mirror the style of those at the Spring Fashion Lunch, the best place to pull a catwalk look together is at Myer in Bourke Street. The millinery department will have you covered in terms of head wear, and guys and girls will have no trouble finding the perfect outfit in the men's and women's wear departments. Whether it's for the races or another special occasion over spring and summer, there's always help on hand in Myer to pick out that all important outfit.
Myer, City Store
314–336 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9661 1111
Adeney, The Stables of Como, GG
It's always fun to find new places to eat, and we've found three very unique eateries all located on the outskirts of our CBD. Adeney is located at number 70 Adeney Avenue in Kew. The property was once a suburban milk bar and later lay dormant before a brother and sister duo rescued it from obscurity. These days it's a bustling café, conveniently located opposite Kew's Victoria Park which is always busy on weekends with sporting events. You can eat inside, outdoors or just grab a coffee from the takeaway window.
Como House in South Yarra is always a beautiful place to visit, and a trip to this historic property is further enhanced these days with the opening of a new café on its grounds called The Stables. This unique gem is becoming more popular by the second and is run by the same crew who manage Snow Pony and Friends of Mine. Be sure to try their impressive range of home style cakes and biscuits at the counter, or perhaps a nice breakfast dish such as toasted banana bread with maple syrup marscarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and crushed pistachios. They also serve lemonade scones inspired by the CWA. High teas will be another feature addition at The Stables of Como and if you pre-order, they'll do up a picnic basket for you to take out and enjoy in the garden.
Meanwhile, over in East Melbourne not far from the MCG there's a new restaurant called GG that's causing a stir. What makes this place all the more interesting is that it's located in the building that was once home to the famous Mercy Maternity Hospital. The modern European style restaurant includes a casual eating space, a wine store and a bar. The open kitchen features a hand crafted wood fired oven for pizzas and a custom built rotisserie for roasting meats.
70 Adeney Avenue, Kew
Ph 03 9817 3993
The Stables of Como
Como House and Garden
Corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra
Ph 03 9827 6886
150 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
Ph 03 8415 0411
Asian Food Festival
The Asian Food Festival is now on, so get involved and enjoy some delicious Asian cuisine in Chinatown and various restaurants across Melbourne before October 15.
Where: Various Melbourne locations
When: Until 15 October, 2013
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour
Michael Jackson – THE IMMORTAL World Tour is coming to Melbourne in a few weeks, so grab your tickets now for this electrifying production presented by Cirque du Soleil.
Where: Rod Laver Arena
When: 9–13 October, 2013
Royal Melbourne Show
This year's Royal Melbourne Show starts next Saturday, so buy your family tickets now and be sure the children stop by the Channel Nine site to have their very own Nine news experience!
Where: Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
When: 21 September – 2 October, 2013