So Jacqueline Fernandez (I'm a fan) has opened a new restaurant Kaema Sutra at the Independence Square arcade with the overseeing of Dharshan Munidasa of the Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab fame. When I initially heard of it, the name stuck and I thought, hmm pretty clever and cute actually. I was also pretty excited about a restaurant which claimed ...

The Havelock Place Bungalow Colombo’s first boutique hotel and also probably one of the city’s best kept secrets since they opened their doors in December 1999. Tucked away down Havelock Place in a fairly residential area this is one of my favourite spots in the city to enjoy a meal with close friends, catch up on some reading over the weekend or enjoy a ...

Pan Asian: Steamed Mussels (Hoi Ma-Laeng Poo Ob) — Thailand I must confess to being a huge fan of mussels. These quick and easy to make little bivalve mollusks, which pack loads of flavor, may be prepared in so many ways, but I prefer mine steamed. Once considered ‘poor man’s food,’ mussels have definitely undergone a transformation of late, and you can see them on restaurant menues for as much ...

I look into the mirror with blotches blocking my reflection. The toilet was too close to the sink to my comfort and the whole room gave me the creeps. It look several efforts to subdue the urge to run away, every time I tried to enter the horrendous bathroom, and to reach for the tap to wash my face. It ...

Pan Asian: Shrimp (Jhinga) Curry – Pakistan Summer is heating up, and the last place you want to spend too much time is a hot kitchen. But don’t sweat it, because I’ve got just the quick-fix recipe for all you curry lovers. This is a scrumptious shrimp curry from Pakistan which is very easy to put together. Coupled with the fact that shrimp cooks very quickly, ...

The Five Best Cuppa Joes in Colombo I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict and not ashamed to say that I prefer coffee to tea despite living in a tea growing country. My love affair with coffee began with me stealing sips of coffee off my grandma’s morning cuppa. She would have one cup of coffee every morning and it would be made in the percolator, served ...

A Second Look: Yamu Now Brings You Pizza It’s been some time since we since we last took a look at the the Yamu app. Back then, we were pretty happy when the IOS version finally rolled out and the Yamu team fixed the offline use issue with the Android app. Indeed, the app became the one Sri Lankan app that we actually found useful enough to have on our ...

Pasta - Sri Lankan style Pasta. Essentially Italian. Essentially European. But like all things in Sri Lanka, we Sri Lankans like to make it our own.Accepted that there are many ways of preparing this dish. Be it with a traditional Bolognese sauce, carbonara, amatriciana or etc, nothing beats the ways in which that us Sri Lankans serve the dish. The last time I saw it, ...

  “Sei stata coraggiosa a metterti con un extracomunitario”.  Lei è…come dire…naïve, raramente pensa prima di parlare. Dal di fuori poteva suonare maleducata, offensiva, ma nel contesto del discorso ho capito cosa volesse dire. in fondo ancora non viviamo in una città né in un paese dove le coppie miste sono considerate la normalità. Trovo comunque […]

Colombo’s Six Best Kottu Rottis By Trae Hicks Let’s talk kottu. (Koththu? Kotthu? I’ll call it Kottu. No one seems too picky about English spelling here anyway.) Right off the top I’m going to come clean and admit that I’m a white guy from Texas. (That was difficult to do during the Bush years, by the way.) You may ask yourself what kind of authority ...

Sri Lankan Egglicious Curry – for Dad Now I have met a lot of people who don’t like some foods – “yeww fish – it stinks”, “urgh beef last time I had it, it was still bleeding” – my favourite way to serve steak actually but that’s what folk say. I have stopped eating as much meat as I used to. Mainly for the reason that the ...

Sri Lankan Egglicious Curry – for Dad Now I have met a lot of people who don’t like some foods – “yeww fish – it stinks”, “urgh beef last time I had it, it was still bleeding” – my favourite way to serve steak actually but that’s what folk say. I have stopped eating as much meat as I used to. Mainly for the reason that the ...

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