Episode 07: Summer series
On this week's episode of Postcards Summer Series, Shane goes to Bress Wine, Cider and Produce in country Victoria where he samples some delectable wines and tasty delights. Glen Moriarty travels to the Mornington Peninsula to check out 'The Counting House Restaurant' where he tucks into some scrumptious dishes, before making his way down the road to Mount Martha where he kicks back at the stunning 'View Grande' – beachside accommodation at its luxurious best. Brodie Harper travels north of Melbourne and stops in at Malmsbury Bakery and Gallery for some freshly baked bread before making her way to Mingela Homestead, a spectacular farmhouse retreat on a thousand acre working farm. Finally, Rebecca seeks out three of the most popular cafes tucked away amongst the suburbs – Crabapple Kitchen, Snow Pony and Little Henri.
Bress Wine, Cider and Produce
Bress 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. A three course set menu is cooked in a wood fired oven and there is also home-made bread and pizzas for the kids.
3894 Calder Highway, Harcourt
Ph 03 5474 2262
The Counting House and View Grande
One place that you must treat your tastebuds to is 'Counting House Restaurant' in Mornington. Housed in an old bank and inspired by French provincial design interwoven with a costal influence, this new kid to the peninsula dining scene is becoming one of this area's best eateries. The real star is the food, which is nothing short of sensational due to the talented chef and the fresh produce used. Ten minutes down the road in Mount Martha you'll find one of the most beautiful holiday houses the area has to offer – The View Grande. This five bedroom, three bathroom property is ideal for groups and families, as there is plenty of room across the two levels. The theatre room and two living areas provide a great amount of space to relax, the open plan kitchen and dining area is ideal for entertaining guests, and the outdoor deck, heated pool and gorgeous views of Port Phillip Bay are an added bonus!
The Counting House
787 Esplanade Mornington
Ph 03 5975 2055
View Grande Mount Martha
Ph 1300 161 780
Mingela Homestead and Malmsbury Bakery and Gallery
With its deep bluestone gutters and original 1850s buildings, Malmsbury is a village with a character all of its own. You'll find it about an hour's drive from Melbourne, on the old Calder Freeway, with Kyneton, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Bendigo all just a short drive away. Malmsbury has a long proud history of looking after weary travellers on their way to the gold fields. So it's good to know that these days you can still stop off for a slice of cake, some baked goods or a hearty meal at the Malmsbury Bakery and Gallery. The bakery was established by Jan Grant 26 years ago and its success is based on her collection of handpicked recipes. As well as all of the freshly baked breads, there's also a strong following for the mouth-watering pies, cakes and pastries. For those seeking some food for thought with their daily bread, there's also an art gallery.
Travellers continuing on the road between Malmsbury and Daylesford will find Mingela Homestead, a spectacular farmhouse retreat on a thousand acre working farm. Inside there's a well-designed layout with separate areas for living and sleeping. Up to 12 people can sleep across the five flexible bedrooms, and there's ample accommodation for children.
Malmsbury Bakery and Gallery
75–77 Mollison Street, Malmsbury
Ph 03 5423 2369
1785 Daylesford Malmsbury Road, Drummond
Suburban Cafes – Crabapple Kitchen, Snow Pony and Little Henri
A must-try café in the Hawthorn area is Crabapple Kitchen, which stands out among the bustle of Glenferrie Road with its cute white picket fence and colourful striped awning. Inside, there's a homely feel with photos on the walls and a bar that's styled as a household kitchen complete with cookbooks and a retro looking French stove. On the food front, the most popular item on the menu is the buttermilk pancakes, but the blue swimmer crab slider is also a crowd favourite.
Another inner city café that continues to please the masses is Snow Pony, which takes its urban cool vibe seriously with beautiful old leather banquettes, industrial communal tables and pendant lighting. Combine this with the excellent Allpress coffee and delicious food such as smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms or the totally over the top toasted banana bread, and you'll be trekking back to Balwyn for more.
On the other side of the Yarra you'll find Little Henri, a café in High Street Thornbury housed in an old bank. The dark wooden chairs and tables are comfy, the decorations are stylish and there's even a courtyard that's perfect for lazing in. The high quality of the food makes it almost impossible to resist dishes such as baked beans with Haloumi cheese, and scrumptious zucchini fritters served with house smoked salmon, avocado and horseradish cream.
659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Ph 03 9078 5492
95 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Ph 03 9816 8911
850 High Street, Thornbury
Ph 03 9484 8857
St Kilda Festival
This year's St Kilda Festival is on again and will run until next Sunday when it ends with a bang, so head down St Kilda way with friends and family to see a variety of local bands, artists and musicians perform all over the beachside suburb.
Where: Various locations in St Kilda
When: 1–9 February, 2014
Clairy Browne and the Bangin Rackettes and Chicken Walk – Zoo Twilights
If you love live music, be sure to check out Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes when they perform at the Zoo Twilights for the first time next Friday.
Where: Melbourne Zoo
When: Friday 7 February, 2014
The Wednesday Night Market
Don't forget that the Queen Victoria Night Market is open every Wednesday night this summer, so don't miss out on all of the delicious food, live music and late night shopping!
Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Until 26 February, 2014