I walked past what was the Verve bar on Church Street and noticed that there’s now a “Chimichanga – We’re hiring” sign in the window, so I’m guessing it’s only a matter of weeks before Peterborough’s newest Mexican restaurant is open. I reported on Chimichanga coming to Peterborough back in October so have been keeping an eye out for any new developments.
Does it really take someone trained in the art of customer service to spot an opened pizza dip before placing it in the box and sending it off to the customer? Well if you’re Papa Johns in Peterborough then I’m guessing the answer is “yes”!
Someone once said that food is just a vessel for the sauce and I’m a big believer in that: sauce definitely maketh the meal. A great sauce adds so much to dry dishes, especially when they’re chilli sauces!
Sadly the Papa Johns pizza chain doesn’t play by these rules and instead only offers a weak selection of dips (I’m guessing the dips are designed for the “beige buffet” of wedges and chicken strips rather than pizza crusts), the best I’ve found being their Buffalo dip.
I’ve heard that restaurant group Prezzo is looking to move into what is currently the Verve bar in Peterborough city centre and open a branch of their Tex-Mex chain Chimichanga.
Until a couple of years ago, Peterborough’s was pretty devoid of Mexican restaurants but then we saw the fantastic Coco restaurant and more recently Flamas in Hampton both of which are independently run and are making a great go of bringing Mexican and South American flavours to the city.
The Prezzo name is already a familiar one in Peterborough with an established Italian restaurant just doors down from where Chimichanga will be, so the group know their Peterborough clientele.
Well that came around sooner than expected. Only a few days after my original blog on the Flamás restaurant in Hampton I found myself sitting around a table in the restaurant with friends and a Caipirinha (or three).
In case you didn’t know, Flamás is tucked away deep within the Hampton Vale estate on Four Chimneys Crescent (it’s not as much of a building site as the out of date map suggests) and is easy to get to from either the Fletton Perkins parkway or London Road (A15). If you can find your way to Tesco, you can get to Flamás.
Most will agree that Summer was a bit hit and miss this year but as we seem to be having a second wave of sunshine I’m thinking it would be a shame not to put it to good use.
Peterborough’s 44-mile Green Wheel cycle route has always sounded like a good challenge so hopefully weather permitting I’ll be tackling it over the next few weeks. It’s interesting to see recorded temperatures over the past few months and the Degree Days website has been just the ticket, simply click here and search for a weather station near you.
This story begins on the A1139 where the Paston Parkway meets the Frank Perkins Parkway. The roundabout serves virtually all of the traffic from the A47 that is heading to the South of Peterborough or beyond to the Southbound A1 or A605 / A14. Being fairly wide and as visibility is usually quite good, traffic can be at a rapid pace if you’re caught unawares and are a bit slow on the old gear change. Generally speaking, it worked and I don’t think there were any more accidents there than were to be expected.
This was fine for years until some bright spark decided it would be a great idea to slap a petrol station on this notoriously busy roundabout, adding an extra entrance/exit between two of the busiest approaches. Not only that, the petrol station became some kind of bastardised Somerfield with a KFC restaurant nestled in behind. It’s probably worth mentioning that the backdrop for this setting is a glorious landfill site which has a fine whiff to it if the air is in the right direction. Mmm fried chicken.
Before you read on, this story is covered much more accurately at the Paston Parkway J8 (Eye roundabout) website so you may find it beneficial to visit that site once you’ve finished digesting my spiel…