The ‘Podi’ Brownie Business

Published : 12:05 am  August 3, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,077 views  |  

By Cheranka Mendis Thush’s podi brownie business promises not only heavenly homemade brownies, but it also promises to   ‘save the day, one brownie at a time’. I think this is probably one of the best ways to save any day: a plate of melt-in-your-mouth brownies with a perfect sugar high to help one get through the constantly pilling stack of work, or to help one relax, to surprise and make merry, brownies seems to be the next best option after cupcakes. While cupcakes reach out to an extensively wide group of people with the target group being from three to 80, brownies have managed to reserve a special place and have their own circle of fans. And while cupcakes can be baked by almost... 


The Kingsbury hosts Tequila Corralejo launch

Published : 12:10 am  July 31, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  916 views  |  
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Catering to consumer demand for international beverages, the launch of Mexico’s famed Tequila Corralejo in Sri Lanka took place on 23 July at The Kingsbury Sky Lounge. Social elite merged with Mohan Pandithage, Chairman of Hayleys Group, Paul Topping, Group Director of Flemingo International and Jaime Nualart, Ambassador of Mexico as the Chief Guest. The launch took place at The Kingsbury Sky Lounge and continued to ‘The Kings’ at the lobby level in true Mexican style until wee hours of the morning, clad in some extravagant attire. The two areas were extravagantly decked with Mexican flags and Mexican delicacies were prepared by the master chefs of The Kingsbury, making it an unforgettable... 


The Kingsbury introduces ‘Burgers with a twist’

Published : 12:00 am  July 31, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  576 views  |  

It’s clearly a great time to love the burger! The world of burgers has just grown bigger, fresher, more colourful, and deliciously diverse thanks to The Kingsbury burgers – with a twist. Fresh from the fire-grilling experts at The Kingsbury, this new promotion offers something for everyone, including new twists on the classics, as well as innovative offerings that will satisfy every burger craving.  Until 31 July ‘Burgers with a twist’ will be served at The Gourmet Station from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a glass of The Kingsbury’s signature spicy mango juice or juice of your choice. The twist to this invention is the merger of vegetable extracts to the bun of the burger, giving it a colourful... 


Iftar outdoor catering by Cinnamon Grand

Published : 12:00 am  July 31, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  607 views  |  

Enjoy the best of Lebanese, Moroccan, Syrian and authentic Arabic food in the comfort of your own home, catered by the Cinnamon Grand, this holy month of Ramadan. In honour of the Muslim tradition of breaking fast with families and communities during Ramadan, the grand Iftar outdoor catering menu offers options for large buffets with action stations or set menus with silver service for sit down sessions. The catering offers boast the best of cuisines, prepared by Cinnamon Grand’s very own specialised Chef who has worked in the Middle East for thirteen years, with experience in the personal kitchens of the Prime Minister of Bahrain and the Head of the State Umm al Quwan in Dubai, where he was... 


China Doll: Eclectic gastronomic delights

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  1 Comment  |  1 views  |  

By Cheranka Mendis When China Doll was first introduced to Lankan food lovers in November 2010, what caught our attention was the vague picture on the logo, the Chinese take-away boxes and the number of tiny items that flashed on the side of the box – a combination that created a sense of mystery to the ‘Chinese’ we knew and loved. The ‘Chinese’ we knew and loved also came with a lot of MSG, equal amounts of fat (oil) and a whole lot of grease, save a few places that served a decent Chinese food experience. Here in Sri Lanka, a typical Chinese meal would consist of a small mountain of savoury rice, a few spoonfuls of hot butter cuttlefish, tangles of garlic kan-kun, soya induced cubes... 


Discovering Loon Tao’s hidden dishes on its 5th anniversary

Published : 12:00 am  July 27, 2013  |  Category: Dining  |  Leave a Comment  |  605 views  |  

By David Ebert When Loon Tao Managing Director/CEO Janaka Wimalananda speaks about running a restaurant, he comes across as a person who was born to do just that. He doesn’t see himself doing anything else, as his job satisfaction he says, lies in the little things such as an unexpected compliment from a customer or even familiar faces coming back regularly for his beach side Chinese cuisine. Right from the age of 16, which was when he moved to Japan, his chosen career was already decided in his mind. After eight years of working his way up to Operations Manager in a highly competitive Japanese restaurant with the added burden of having to learn the language along the way as well, he recalls... 


Young Swiss chefs to enhance Swiss Food Festival at MLH

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  764 views  |  

Swiss people love good food, music and wine. Savouring the world famous Swiss cheeses is considered an everlasting memory. The Embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with the Mount Lavinia Hotel is now promoting ‘A Taste of Switzerland’. Seven days of distinctive, regionally influenced cuisine from the diverse areas of German, French, Romantsch and Italian speaking Switzerland. This experience includes some culinary icons that have crossed the linguistic borders and have become Swiss national dishes loved by all Swiss alike. Cheese fondue, raclette and roesti, accompanied by Switzerland’s popular and fragrant white, rosé and red wines are enjoyed throughout the country with minor alterations... 


Celebrate Parents’ Day with a thanksgiving brunch at The Kingsbury

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  359 views  |  

Years of love and dedication, how can we ever repay our parents? We probably never can in finality, but little things go a long way in showing our appreciation for their sacrifices and their unconditional love. This year on Parents Day, The Kingsbury gives us an opportunity to celebrate our love for mom and dad. A sumptuous Sunday brunch dedicated to giving thanks, filled with little indulgences and happy moments will go a long way in saying thank you. Enjoy an exceptional, multi-cuisine brunch menu, a glass of sparkly or brew and live entertainment. Spend a few uninterrupted hours of laughter and love with your mom and dad as your own kids enjoy the distractions of the kiddies club under supervision. The... 


Unwinding at ‘Pebbles’

Published : 12:33 am  July 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  658 views  |  
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By Cassandra Mascarenhas Taj Samudra’s latest addition to its culinary line-up at first sounds rather ambiguous – named ‘Pebbles,’ it’s hard to picture what exactly it must be. Curiously, I made my way past the massive construction site that the Taj lobby has currently been transformed into, down a white tunnel and ended up at an oasis of sorts – a luxurious, airy coffee shop/bar – boasting a range of delicious pastries and cakes, many varieties of tea and a friendly bartender ready to whip up any drink available on the fairly extensive menu. Pebbles has been in operation for over a month and has already established itself as a firm favourite amongst Colombo’s working crowd who... 


The Kingsbury: The choice of celebrities!

Published : 12:23 am  July 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  447 views  |  

Extends warm welcome to Al and Isla GrantThe Kingsbury, the popular choice of celebrities from around the world, has just welcomed the biggest celebrities to arrive in Sri Lanka, within a short span of one week. The Kingsbury has had the privilege of welcoming two most celebrated country music artistes Al and Isla Grant. Isla Grant is a Scottish contemporary country singer whose popularity extends from the United Kingdom and Ireland to New Zealand and Australia. Grant found international success as a Scottish country singer, releasing numerous albums, generally one or more per year. Al Grant, her equally talented husband, is well renowned for his sensitive lyrics and affectionate duets with his... 


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