Sonic Boom over Peterborough trends on Twitter

Wow. At 1pm today an incredible boom was heard in Peterborough and within seconds my Twitter feed erupted with people asking what caused it. My initial thought was that it was an explosion but with jet planes overhead Twitter soon started confirming it was a sonic boom.

The hashtag #sonicboom even started trending, which is possibly a first for Peterborough!

Most disturbingly though is that people were even being forced to leave their houses and talk to people in the real world:

Did the #sonicboom rock your world? Is this the most exciting thing to happen in Peterborough since that ugly dog? Tell me in the comments below.

Peterborough street food has landed!

Only a couple of months ago I posted about how it seemed that prospective street food traders were being denied the opportunity to bring their home-cooked fayre to the streets of Peterborough. Now however I’m glad to say it looks like street food has finally arrived!

Typically the reserve of busier cities like London, Manchester, et al, Peterborough now has vendors selling hog roast sandwiches, falafel and halloumi wraps and the obligatory slow-cooked pulled pork bap. Continue reading “Peterborough street food has landed!”

Giraffe Restaurant coming to Peterborough

A brief tweet from the Peterborough Telegraph’s Brad Barnes suggests that the Giraffe chain of restaurants is set to open a restaurant at Serpentine Green.

Now part of the Tesco group, the restaurants sell a variety of dishes from across the world in a relaxed, funky atmosphere in a similar vibe to other new-world style restaurants like Las Iguanas and Chiquito.

UpdateConfirmed by Giraffe on twitter, the new Peterborough restaurant is set to open on Saturday May 5th. Continue reading “Giraffe Restaurant coming to Peterborough”

Topo Gigio set to reopen in Peterborough

For those that have lived in Peterborough over the last 30 years or so, Topos will be a familiar (if not a slightly distant memory) name on the restaurant scene. Well that’s all set to change with a new ownership looking to clear out the cobwebs, give the interior a once-over and welcome back all the customers that it served so well over the years.

I can almost hear the naysayers naying that we already have too many Italian (and by that they mean pizza and pasta) restaurants in Peterborough – but they should remember that Topo Gigio was in Peterborough long before many of the other Italian restaurants.

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Lime and Chipotle Chilli Gourmet Marshmallows

As a self-confessed chilli addict I’m always on the lookout for products that will give me my next hit on the Scoville scale. So when last week’s episode of Sunday Brunch had food writer Rebecca Seal presenting a selection of gourmet marshmallows – including a Lime and Chipotle chilli flavour marshmallow, my interest was suitably piqued. I wasn’t convinced that anything other than the typical vanilla “marshmallow” flavour was necessarily a good thing but I’m open to trying new flavour combinations when there’s chilli involved. Continue reading “Lime and Chipotle Chilli Gourmet Marshmallows”

Cycle parking now included on Long Causeway plans

In what appears to be a small victory for campaigners, Peterborough City Council has now revised plans for Long Causeway in the City Centre to now include cycle parking – previously omitted from proposed development works.

The response I received from the council:
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“End of an era” as Reba closes in Peterborough

I was sad to hear that long-time independent boutique shop Reba (formerly Balagan) in Cathedral Square, Peterborough is closing after 19 years trading in the city centre, with January 11th being the final day. I’ve fond memories of descending the steps into the shop which opens up into a little Aladdin’s cave of display cabinets and shelves, searching for that elusive gift for someone hard to buy for.

More recently Rachel has been one of the key champions of independent retailers in Peterborough so the closure of Reba and the loss of yet another niche retailer is a blow to the “indie” campaign and Peterborough’s retail offering. Even the Reba “message of the day” blackboard outside the entrance of the shop has been a nice addition to what is already probably the best dressed shop in the Peterborough.

Reba owner Rachel Parkin put together such an emotive press release to announce the closure that I wanted to publish it here. I’d like to wish Rachel and staff at Reba all the best for the future.

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