Iconic Barista Lavazza locations celebrate local and global culture

Published : 12:00 am  October 4, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  809 views  |  
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Big decisions influence the location of even the tiniest cafe. Traditionally decision makers would consider elements such as the environment, traffic, space and visibility, but for Barista Lavazza, another all important factor enters the equation – the story. Behind every Barista Lavazza café lies a story to be told over a freshly brewed cappuccino. The coffee chain’s most recent acquisition is a serene spot at the Colombo National Museum overlooking a vast expanse of greenery. The location marks the culmination of Sri Lankan heritage and culture tracing back to pre-historic times. This café is housed together with the Laksala Museum Gallery whose authentic Sri Lankan artefacts provide... 


Galadari’s Chef Pradeep reveals lip-smacking ‘Anniversary Cake’

Published : 12:00 am  October 4, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  688 views  |  

The Galadari Hotel celebrates its 29th Anniversary on 06 October 2013. In view of the celebrations taking place the hotel’s newest find and pastry maestro Chef Pradeep Fonseka has created a sinfully layered chocolate delight. This lip-smacking cake is available at the Café 64 from 02 October 2013, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The cake itself is a layered wonder comprising of a crunchy base which includes a combination of milk chocolate and crispy cornflakes. The other layers include a soft cake layer of chocolate devil, milk chocolate mousse cake and nugartine and white chocolate mousse. The entire cake itself is covered with yummy milk chocolate ganache. This rich chocolaty sensation is a cruel... 


Chef Pflugmacher in town to serve up scrumptious German cuisine at MLH

Published : 12:00 am  October 4, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  952 views  |  

By Sarah Hannan Inspired to hit the kitchen just so he could cook up a meal that entrapped the scrumptious aroma and flavour of his granny’s recipes, Chef Andreas Pflugmacher started off at an early age to follow his heart’s desire to become a chef. “I love to eat the food my grandmother prepared, which I found to always be delicious. Inspired by her cooking I pushed myself to learn the trade in a professional way,” he said, speaking to the Daily FT. And so at the tender age of 16, he started his culinary education and worked at a restaurant to gain hands-on training. Andreas’ first experience as a chef started off in a passenger vessel which entertained 1,300 passengers on a cruise... 


Feast of India

Published : 12:00 am  October 4, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  442 views  |  

Neighbouring India has had many influences on Sri Lanka be it arts and culture, fashion and entertainment to gourmet cuisine; that has become one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse cuisines. One name that stands out for authentic Indian food in Colombo is The Mango Tree Restobar, designed to blend classic styles with contemporary. HSBC Premier Credit cardholders are invited to experience the rich heritage of Northern India with a glimpse into the rest of the country during the special ongoing ‘Cardholder Dines Free’. The restaurant serves a delightful blend of authentic Indian food with signature dishes that are prepared by the Master Chefs of India. Understanding the current... 


The Kingsbury celebrates South Africa’s highly decorated Nederburg wines

Published : 12:00 am  October 4, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,324 views  |  

Winemaster Wilhelm Pienaar graces an evening of wine tasting and pairing Indulge in The Kingsbury lifestyle; imbibe in a celebration of fine cuisine and luxury living. Certainly, the purveyors of the good life in hospitality have a knack for offering experiences par excellence and the “Nederburg Wine Makers Visit” scheduled for Monday 7 October is yet another example of the hotel’s partnership with the very best. Nederburg’s Winemaster Wilhelm Pienaar will grace an exclusive masterclass for Colombo’s wine aficionados with an evening dedicated to tasting of an array of Nederburg’s finest, combined with specialist tips on wine and food pairing. The masterclass will enable participants... 


An escapade of flavours at Galadari

Published : 12:23 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  435 views  |  

Come and experience an escapade of flavours at the Galadari this October as the hotel kicks off its monthly promotions. ‘Sprout and Shoot Delights’ takes place at the California Grill from 4 to 12 October, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Indulge in an exceptional choice of magical dishes conjured up with sprouts and shoots. ‘Pavlova and Warm Pudding’ promotion is at the Café 64, 7 to 13 October from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Experience a tempting selection of Pavlova and Warm Pudding choices. ‘Vegetarian Treat’ is at the Flavors restaurant 18 October 2013 (Poya Day) from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is an unavoidable day for all vegetarian food lovers, treat yourself to a treat. ‘Galadari... 


Highway Ice Cream Parlour: A dessert oasis from Elephant House

Published : 12:23 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  699 views  |  

Adding another sweet option to the country’s ever increasing demand for delicious and unique desserts, comes the Highway Ice Cream Parlour located in the food arcade on the Southern Expressway. Opened under the Elephant House franchise, Highway will give fans of this award winning family brand a place to hang out with loved ones, friends and their favourite ice cream en route to their destination. The extensive Elephant House ice cream range has garnered immense popularity among local consumers not only for the great-tasting ice cream with its rich, creamy texture, but also for the innovative flavours that incorporate natural fruit, nuts and even kithul treacle in some variants. Consumers... 


Hilton Colombo introduces new Executive Chef Daniel Leah

Published : 12:22 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  586 views  |  

By Marianne David The Hilton Colombo is gearing up for some exciting times ahead, what with it being a designated CHOGM hotel and also scheduled to close soon after for extensive renovations, which will result in a whole new offering that will be unveiled towards end 2014, guaranteed to delight guests by Christmas time. Adding some flavour and flair to all this unfolding excitement is the hotel’s new Executive Chef Daniel Leah, who was introduced to the media by Marketing Communications Manager Gigi De Silva and Assistant Manager – Public Relations Yasanthi Wadugodapitiya on Tuesday over lunch. Leah used the opportunity to impress those present with his extraordinary culinary and creative... 


Colombo Oktoberfest 2013 is here again to celebrate the best of Bavaria!

Published : 12:21 am  September 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  996 views  |  

The biggest peoples fair is back with loads fun and excitement for the whole family. Colombo Oktoberfest is back again this year, bigger and better than ever with five full days of fun and celebration at an all new venue, the Havelock Sports Club Grounds, the festivities will start on 9 October and will continue till 13 October, offering an excellent blend of music, food and beverages for fun loving people. Havelock Sports Club Grounds will take on a carnival atmosphere with countless stalls offering good food, games and entertainment for the entire family. The delicious food available at the festival will include must-have Oktoberfest specialties and authentic German cuisine prepared exclusively... 


Sri Lankan sensation at The Kingsbury

Published : 12:00 am  September 24, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,229 views  |  
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 Enjoy a fabulous mix of culture and cuisine every Wednesday By Marianne David If you want to enjoy a fabulous mix of cuisine and culture, there’s no better place in town than The Kingsbury. Every Wednesday, the hotel serves up an impressive spread of Sri Lankan food prepared to perfection, along with a host of traditional dance and drum performances. The Sri Lankan Night brings our traditions and culture into the spotlight while tempting the taste buds with the delicious array of authentic and healthy food on offer. While achcharu features heavily among the starters, the hotel goes on to offer several scrumptious mains – including seven kinds of hoppers – and over 25 kinds of traditional... 


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