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Episode 32: 27 September

On this week's episode of Postcards, Rebecca ventures to one of Melbourne's most iconic Buildings, The Block Arcade. Rebecca pops in to explore what stunning art and jewellery is on offer at Australia By Design, The Art of Dr Seuss, Bromley and Co, as well as Rutherford jewellers. Brodie heads to the picturesque Yarra Valley to highlight its delicious food and wine with visits to Coombe Estate, Levantine Hill Estate and GelAperia. Guest presenter Shane Delia goes on a food foraging frenzy exploring where to buy Melbourne's freshest fruit, vegies, pasta and seafood. Meanwhile, Glen travels to Victoria's High Country to discover the refurbished The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort and Delatite Winery.

Block Arcade

The Block Arcade is one of Melbourne's most unique shopping destinations. Wander through the beautiful, heritage-listed building and discover a variety of contemporary boutique stores ranging from jewellery and art to fashion. Stop by the legendary Hopetoun Tea Rooms for a range of delectable sweet treats, visit Bromley & Co for some of Australia's most collectible artwork by David Bromley, or pick up an Australian designed and made gift in the Australian by Design store. If you're looking for that perfect piece of jewellery, then head to Rutherford jewellers. And you can't go to The Block Arcade without paying a visit to The Art of Dr Seuss gallery. If you'd like to find yourself an office space there, they have this covered as well from as little as $250 per week, but as you can expect space is limited.

The Block Arcade
Office Spaces and General Info
Grant Cohen – General Manager
Ph 0418 175 003
theblock.com.au

Australian by Design
Ph 03 9663 9883
australianbydesign.com.au

Rutherford
Ph 03 9650 4888
rutherford.com.au

The Art of Dr Seuss
03 9639 0680
drseuss.tvhgallery.com

Bromley and Co
bromleyandco.com

Yarra Valley

With a rich history dating back to the 1870s, Coombe – The Melba Estate in the Yarra Valley has kept its original charm and now features a restaurant, gallery, cellar door and provedore, all situated in perfectly manicured gardens.

Levantine Hill Estate has brought award-winning Chef Teage Ezard and their world-class, architecturally designed restaurant together in culinary harmony.  Diners can choose from the Day Dining menu, or indulge in the five- or eight-course degustation menu, matched with Levantine Hill wines.

Yarra Valley newcomer 'GelAperia' has all sweet tooths catered for with their traditional house-made gelato and sorbetto range. Learn how to make it yourself using Yarra Valley's best produce in the gelato making workshops on offer.

Coombe – The Melba Estate
673–675 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Ph 03 9739 0173
coombeyarravalley.com.au

Ezard At Levantine Hill
882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Ph 03 5962 1333
levantinehill.com.au

Gelaperia
5–7 Green Street, Healesville
Ph 03 5962 2381
gelaperia.com.au 

Shop and cook

Who better to share inside knowledge on where to find Melbourne's freshest ingredients than renowned chef Shane Delia? From 'Fitzroy's Finest' store on bustling Smith Street to Pasta Classica and Ocean Made Seafood in Collingwood, you'll find everything including fruit and vegetables, Italian delights and ocean treasures. And, when it comes to cooking them, Shane's Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant Maha in Melbourne's CBD, is the spot. Sample specialty dishes such as preserved lemon and ricotta gnocchi with pumpkin and date sauce, prawns and almonds. It's the perfect place to enjoy Melbourne's freshest produce in style.

Fitzroy's Finest
241 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9417 7144

Pasta Classica
352 Smith Street, Collingwood
Ph 03 9419 2366
pastaclassica.com.au

Ocean Made Seafood
25–29 Robert Street, Collingwood
Ph 03 9486 0399
oceanmade.com.au

Maha Restaurant
21 Bond Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9629 5900
maharestaurant.com.au

Mansfield

Situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria's High Country, The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort has recently undergone an incredible renovation and is now just as impressive as its surroundings. Accommodation options range from luxury studio rooms to one-bedroom apartments or two bedroom chalets, all within close proximity to the myriad activities the resort has on offer. Unwind in the pool, spa and sauna or head outdoors for kayaking, mini golf and even beach volleyball. When it comes to dining, The Peaks alpine-style restaurant is perfect for a seasonal delicious breakfast or dinner.

A trip to the region isn't complete without a stop at Delatite Winery's cellar door in Mansfield. Sample their bio-dynamically grown wine from the Estate Riesling or the RJ Reserve Shiraz, which sees them continuously labelled as a James Halliday 5 Red Star Winery.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort
Mimosa Drive, Merrijig
Ph 03 5777 5788
thesebelpinnaclevalleyresort.com.au

Delatite Winery
Corner Stoneys and Pollards Road, Mansfield
Ph 03 5775 2922
delatitewinery.com.au