Cafe chat: Coffee House expanding
Cookin' With Gas is hosting a gorgeous Cointreau Fizz Garden in its backyard. The retro pop-up garden lounge celebrates all things Cointreau - especially Cointreau Fizz. It comes with a bar-load of Cointreau cocktails alongside games of quoits, skittles and hopscotch. Rumour has it a member of the Cointreau family will be touching down in Christchurch next month and will stop by. The Cointreau Distillery in France dates back to 1849. Cointreau Fizz will be available at bars across the city.
COINTREAU FIZZ STRAWBERRY AND MINT
15ml fresh lime
4 to 5 fresh strawberries
3 fresh mint leaves
50ml soda water
In a boston shaker glass, "muddle" (or crush) the strawberries with mint leaves, add Cointreau and lime juice.
Fill with ice. Shake until the metal tin is frosted. Strain into the glass over ice, and top off with soda water.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
DOUBLE COFFEE HOUSE
The Coffee House in Montreal St is undergoing a major expansion and refurbishment. Restaurant manager William Jones said the blue villa right next door had been completely redecorated and fitted out, and the coffee house moved into it last week. The two-level villa will be home to the restaurant while major works are done on the original yellow villa. In May, Jones said, the coffee house would occupy both villas, upstairs and downstairs, offering a significant expansion on the old one-level operation. Jones said the feel inside would be wood floors and vintage fitout in tribute to the history of the two houses. Eventually, both upstairs areas will be reserved for proper dining, with lower floors best for coffee and cake. Watch this space.
Pepperoni pizza restaurant has closed after 10 years in Christchurch. The Italian restaurant used to be in Stanmore Rd, but moved to Madras St after the 2011 earthquakes. Husband and wife owners Martin Johns and Kate Hickey shut up shop on Saturday and the new owners will be converting the place into a Thai restaurant. The timeline for its opening has not been confirmed. Hickey and Johns will not be starting another restaurant.
The Opawa Farmers' Market is holding its third Tomato Fest this year. Stallholders will concoct delicious tomato creations and market-goers can enter their homegrown efforts in the competition. Entry costs $2 with proceeds to The Southern Seed Exchange. Registration 9.30am- 10.15am March 9. Market runs 9am-noon every Sunday at 275 Fifield Tce.
Hit Australian cooking show My Kitchen Rules is coming to New Zealand this year and applications to compete are open. The Australian series was the most watched show of 2013 in the 18 to 49-year-old Kiwis category. The Australian 2014 series has already started over the ditch but TV2 is promising it will show soon on New Zealand television. In the meantime, why not apply for the New Zealand series? The show is looking for home cooks with flair, over 18, who can be away from their job at times over six months. Apply to represent Christchurch at tvnz.co.nz/mkr- apply.
UPGRADE AT TIFFANYS
Riverside restaurant Tiffanys has been given a much-needed makeover and is now called the Regatta on Avon. Owner Alan Price said the family business has been "gutted" and given a complete refurbishment after 20 years without much change. The mood is modern with a nod to the history of the place. Regatta on Avon is a more relaxed operation and will be open 7.30am-11pm seven days for a casual coffee, to lunch, to after-work drinks. Price said a punt-stop was planned just outside the restaurant courtesy of the Avon River Precinct project and the cafe/bar would be a better fit for the river location. Head down and check them out at 95 Oxford Tce.