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Food and Drink round-up 06/08/2010

Too many cupcakes, Rice expands and a Michelin contender?

Published on August 6th 2010.

Food and Drink round-up 06/08/2010

Gordo gets what’s left of his hair cut at Peter Wilcox, a salon in Didsbury, to see his beloved Elli, a former Vidal Sassoon stylist who now charges him £25 instead of £80 for a cut and blow. One of Elli’s regulars, Sara Daley who works at Piccadilly Records, brings cakes in for everyone on a Wednesday. And what cakes they are. As you readers may know, we are a bit cup-caked out here at Confidential Towers. Every bored girlie in town thinks it’s the thing to be doing. Most shouldn’t be bothering quite frankly. But Gordo would marry Sara if he could, ‘cos here cakes are sprinkled with fairy magic.
Peter Wilcox Salon, 0161 434 4988.

More cakes
On a roll about cakes, the other dynamite chance meeting was with pocket Venus Emma Brown, who is cooking Macaroons somewhere in deepest darkest Northern Quarter. Gordo met Emma during the launch of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. This girl can bake a macaroon, believe us, but not so hot with her marketing skills. Wakey wakey, love - Gordo is ready to give you some oxygen...not in that way, sadly.The English Rose Bakery - www.englishrosebakery.com

And even more cakes
Cupcakes seem to be en vogue at the minute. The Northern Quarter is full of them, but now the stuffed shirts of Spinningfields get to have a go. Cupcakes inspired from around the globe hit the district next week in a bid to satisfy the sweet tooth of the banker, lawyers and accountants based there – as well as Confidential, of course. The brainchild of cake creator Sarah Wilson, Hey Little Cupcake will be opening a pop-up shop offering a range of homemade treats in a variety of flavours such as 'The Newyorker' and 'Manchester's Mint'. The shop will appear on Hardman Street (next to Wagamamas) on August 11 and be open for a month. Right, no more cake talk.

More sites for Blackdog Ballroom?
Word reaches us that Northern Quarter bar owner Ross McKenzie is looking for another Manchester site for his Blackdog Ballroom concept. McKenzie might even take the brand to other cities in the UK, according to a Confidential source. Watch this space.

Byrne opens Hillbark
Aiden Byrne, he of the Church Green Inn in Lymm, has opened a new restaurant in the Wirral. Hillbark is fine dining; Gordo’s been, and he likes it – watch out for a review soon – and even reckons it could be a contender for a Michelin star.www.hillbarkhotel.co.uk

Rock and (bread) roll at City Inn
The City Inn in Manchester has started putting live music on once a week to try and draw a few more people in. Dave Fidler normally fronts local band Bluebird Kid Clark, but you can also find him performing a mix of his own songs and some selected covers at Piccadilly Lounge in City Inn on a Friday evening. According to the bumf, Dave brings ‘a taste of southern America with a Mancunian twist’. He’s played session guitar at venues such as Manchester Apollo and even Glastonbury. So there you go. www.myspace.com/

Rice expands
Manchester-based restaurant chain Rice is now launching as a franchise across the UK and Ireland. Founder and managing director Manoj Verma said: “We know from the phenomenal success of our business that our offer is distinctive enough to be franchised.” The company states that its franchisees can expect to achieve an annual turnover in excess of £1.3m. Further information is available by visiting

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AnonymousAugust 6th 2010.

Rice expands? Where to?

MC hammeredAugust 6th 2010.

Rice expands...in your stomach??

EditorialAugust 6th 2010.

Rice paragraph is being added now. Drum roll please...

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