News is that the Peterborough version of Come Dine with Me has now been filmed and is due to air later on this Summer!
Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of the series and a bit of a foodie but there’s no way I would put myself forward for the show. Cooking under pressure isn’t any fun, plus over the years CDWM has become a bit of a caricature of itself with the contestants often paired together in the hope of something dramatic on TV.
Then with the endless repeats shown across digital TV it’s hard to keep track of which is the current series, so I’ve found my interest waning… of course I’ll be setting V+ to record the Peterborough episode of the show!
So I wonder what we can expect to see when Peterborough get’s it’s 5 minutes of TV fame. Will we have a mix of the cultures that make up Peterborough?? English meets Asian meets Italian meets Eastern European?
Will the aspiring hosts be shopping locally at some of the great meat suppliers we have like Willowbrook Farm and deli’s like The Pasta Shop?? Will Peterborough get off lightly when it comes to narrator Dave Lamb’s comments?
If you know someone that took part in this episode of Come Dine With Me, I’d love to hear more about their experience!
Sitting quietly on the edge of Peterborough town centre with Bourges Boulevard and the Asda carpark for company, the Beehive pub has always been a bit of an unknown quantity in Peterborough’s pub scene. Admittedly I’ve never had up the courage or the desire to go inside, finding the location a bit inconvenient and never knowing if it’s still open for business.
I’ve not held back in the past with making my feelings known about Jim’s Bistro (read my review here), the French-esque restaurant on Broadway so hearing that owner James (Jim) Trevor is taking over the Bee hive has got my attention. What are Jim’s plans for the Bee hive?
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 Flam?s 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, Flam?s 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 Flam?s.