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10 April 2000

Happy Birthday, Ed's

Julia Child Kitchen
Guinness question



The restaurant formerly known as CBD, 146 Featherston Street, will be re-opening pre-Easter, with a facelift and a new name: COPITA Eatery and Winebar. Steve Morris promises around thirty wines by the glass and an all-day menu from 10am - "nice food, nice wine, nice people... and bloody comfortable chairs". Phone number remains the same, 473 6001.

Happy Birthday, Ed's Juice Bar. Actually, the second birthday of the fine purveyor of juices was last Monday, at 5pm, but we didn't find out in time for last week's emailer. So, belated congrats. And if you're in the Bond/Victoria region around the end of the day, don't forget to drop in for discounted eats - they hate waste!

The takeaway coffee boom refuses to die. Latest entry to the scene is on Courtenay Place, with The Cue Room adding a takeaway espresso window, CueFuel, to its mix of pool tables and pokies. The blend is Bruno Rossi.

Wellington's premiere fast food strip - Manners Mall - has finally seen one of its gaping retail holes filled with yet another 24-hour Star Mart. These petrol-stations-without-the-petrol have come a long way since the first one in Courtenay Place had people walking in saying "fill 'er up". The latest is in the big old Georgie Pie space opposite McDonald's.



Dutch nightclubs are getting more bounce to the ounce from technology used to secure nuclear power plants. Patrons at fifteen nightclubs will be issued ID cards that must be scanned before entry to the club is permitted. A computerised reader will verify the patron's fingerprints, with a camera checking facial features to make sure the cardholder is the same person to whom it was issued.

Butter and French cooking advocate Julia Child is getting a kitchen named in her honor at the $US70 million American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, being built by vintner Robert Mondavi on the Napa River. Julia's Kitchen will feature culinary experts cooking and serving food in a 75-seat, full-service dining room, and is scheduled to open in late 2001.

Question of the week: Why do bubbles in a glass of Guinness float downwards instead of up? Drinkers have been pondering why the bubbles hug the side of the glass then slide down, defying the laws of nature, since Arthur Guinness introduced the brew to Dublin in 1739.

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