Ahead of the Curve

Published : 12:43 am  September 11, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  904 views  |  
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Harpo opens stylish new bar at Park Street Mews By David Ebert Restaurateur Harpo Gooneratne seems to have gotten the art of conceptualising and building up successful night-time entertainment spots down to a ‘T’. His latest addition to his ever-growing portfolio of fine establishments is a sparkling testament to this fact. The artfully done Curve Tapas & Music Bar was launched last week at the Park Street Mews, adding some much-needed colour and style to Colombo’s choice of up-market bars. With a centrepiece polished cement curved bar counter that accentuates the purple colour scheme of the walls in addition to the circular chrome ceiling fittings, the lounge bar is definitely a standout... 


‘Gourmet Circle’: Sri Lanka gets its own dedicated culinary magazine

Published : 12:40 am  September 11, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,223 views  |  

By Sarah Hannan Last Friday the Barefoot Garden Café attracted food critiques, well-wishers and distinguished personalities as the editorial team of ‘Gourmet Circle’ launched Sri Lanka’s first-ever distinctive food and beverage magazine. The brainchild of Narmada Muller of ‘Bistro Latino’ and Lanka Oberoi fame, the magazine is set to fill the void in our burgeoning culinary industry. The debut issue sparkles with chats and recipes, journeys and stories, tips and tales drawn from the ultimate gourmet experience while its dazzling images leap out of its 80 pages, inspiring a fulfilling gastronomic indulgence. Addressing the gathering, Muller said: “With Sri Lanka’s hospitality industry... 


Rashika Ranasinghe wins Gold medals from Prima Baking Training Centre

Published : 12:39 am  September 11, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  2 Comments  |  776 views  |  

Rashika Ranasinghe, teacher of Home Economics at St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo 7, was recently awarded Gold medals in all categories for the Fancy Cake (Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs) and Wedding Cake Structure at the recently-concluded Course of Cake Decoration conducted by The Prima Baking Training Centre. She received the Gold Medals and a Plaque for the Most Outstanding Student of the Course.                        Read More →


Miris Trails kicks off culinary tour at Jetwing Beach

Published : 12:38 am  September 11, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  555 views  |  

The first session of the cookery class organised by Miris Trails, in alliance with Sri Lanka Tailor-Made (Jetwing Travels), kicked off recently on a spectacular note. The nature of the tour is primarily to cater to a discerning group of food lovers who will be staying at some of the finest hotels in the Sri Lanka, transferred across by personal chauffeur driven cars. The guests were warmly welcomed with garlands by the staff at Jetwing Beach, Negombo on the 2 September where they spent the evening in fellowship over dinner. The early morning visit on 3 September showcased sights of busy fishermen bringing to shore their catch; this served a good opportunity for our guests to purchase sea food... 


A taste of Vietnam at Taj Samudra’s Latitude

Published : 12:36 am  September 5, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  965 views  |  
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By Sarah Hannan Taj Samudra Colombo last Saturday launched a Vietnamese Food Festival at Latitude to coincide with the National Day of Vietnam, celebrated on Monday 2 September.  The week-long food festival is a part of the many celebrations organised in Colombo to celebrate the Vietnamese culture and provide people with the opportunity to become familiar with the rich Vietnamese culture and its cuisine. A grand opening ceremony hosted by Area Director and General Manager of Taj Samudra Colombo Rohit Khosla on Saturday 31 August saw the Vietnamese Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh and Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama in attendance. As part of the ongoing promotion, which... 


Going Italian with Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Published : 12:30 am  September 5, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  711 views  |  

The Dining Room at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, has been taking diners on a gastronomical journey around the world with its themed dinner buffets each month. Starting on 12 September and continuing until 21 September, The Dining Room will be laying out an exceptional selection of authentic Italian cuisine. A special guest chef will be flown in from Italy exclusively for the event and will be preparing popular Italian dishes using the choicest and most authentic ingredients. While most of us recognise pizza and pasta as Italian cuisine, the rich history of Italy proves that the food is much more than dough and tomato sauce. Pulling from Roman, Greek and Arab influences, Italian cuisine evolved many... 


A fabulous éclair promotion at Galadari

Published : 12:28 am  September 5, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  642 views  |  

The Galadari Hotel is offering a tempting treat at its Café 64. This is the time to pay a visit to the café especially if you are an éclair lover. The Café 64 is all ready to go éclair crazy from 09th to 15th September 2013 from 12 noon to 7.00 pm. A wide selection of the yummiest éclair choices is awaiting your presence. Soft and extremely indulgent you will find your taste buds going crazy with joy. These wickedly mouthwatering éclairs come in different shapes and sizes to add your gastronomical pleasure. The Café 64 is going beyond the standard éclair and becoming more creative and daring by offering a scrumptious selection of éclairs in different and exciting flavours. Choose from... 


Unique “Delicious Waste Chefs Competition” at Cinnamon Grand today

Published : 12:27 am  September 5, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  555 views  |  

Cinnamon Grand Colombo has come up with a ground breaking initiative in minising food waste and enhancing culinary creativity. In a first of its kind event in Sri Lanka, Cinnamon Grand will hold the ‘Delicious Waste Chefs Competition 2013’ today at the hotel’s The Atrium. The judges for the Delicious Waste Chefs Competition will be celebrity Chef Hemalallindre Ranawake (also known as Koluu), internationally acclaimed Queen of curries Felicia Sorensen and renowned travel write Savithri Rodrigo and Cinnamon Grand’s General Manager Rohan Karr.  Read More →


INDEXPO crowns 22 institutions for food safety, health and hygiene

Published : 12:02 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  781 views  |  
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By Harsha Udayakantha Peiris with the initiative of the Senior Minister for Food Security P. Dayarathne, the third consecutive Crowns Awards Ceremony 2013 organised by Ind-Expo Certification Ltd. (INDEXPO) has announced 22 award winning hotels and institutions for maintaining food hygiene. The 22 award winning hotels and institutions for the Crowns Awards Ceremony 2013  included, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Cinnamon Lakeside, Malaysian Food Boutique, Jack Tree – Bollywood Leisure Ltd., Dine-More Restaurant Ltd., Hotel Janaki, Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC in Colombo, Coral sands Hotel in Hikkaduwa, Randholee Resort Ltd., Mahaweli Reach Hotel and Amaya Hills in Kandy, Hunas... 


Crysbro chicken sizzles at the 15th Culinary Arts Exhibition

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  906 views  |  

As a name that’s been synonymous with succulent and tender ‘Fresh Upcountry Chicken’ over the past 40 years, Crysbro was once again the cynosure of all eyes at the 15th Culinary Arts Exhibition held recently at the BMICH. Not content with being a mere participant, Crysbro lived up to its reputation as a top innovator in the industry, by providing an opportunity for spectators to exhibit their talent in the culinary arts with a competition titled ‘Crysbro Cook and Win’. It was a tremendous success, judging by the large number of enthusiastic participants, as well as the keen interest shown by spectators. The winners were rewarded by Crysbro with many gift packs containing home appliances,... 


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