Cinnamon Lakeside serves up the best of three worlds

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  767 views  |  
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Yummiest brunch dishes from The Dining Room, Royal Thai and Long Feng featured at hotel’s new ‘All Access Sunday Brunch’   By Cheranka Mendis Adding an unusual yet wholly welcome twist to the typical brunch spreads that adorn hotel restaurants in celebration of the weekend, Cinnamon Lakeside is offering a delectable spread of flavours, rounding up mouth-watering delicacies from the hotel’s three key restaurants – The Dining Room, Royal Thai and Long Feng – at an ‘All Access Sunday Brunch’. Giving diners right of entry to feast on an array of dishes, from Chinese to Indian, Continental, Thai and Sri Lankan, the brunch promotion, running for two months since last Sunday, is... 


Mother’s Day at Salon Nayana

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  130 views  |  

Pampering mothers for a change   Mother’s Day is a special time to remember all those lovely memories each of us have of our wonderful ‘Amma’. Possibly the biggest influence in our lives, she has been there for us every step of the way, nurturing us with her undying love and making us truly feel that we belong. She spends so much time worrying about everyone else in her life, that she rarely has a moment to herself – much less time for a little pampering. This special day is a perfect time to express the love we have for her, and show our appreciation. And what better way to treat your mother than to pamper her with some much needed relaxation. So this year, on 11 May, ‘Salon... 


Classic Rock at El Rancho

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  254 views  |  

As vibrant and diverse as Colombo’s live music scene is, it has never really been overly-kind to the diehard fans of classic rock music. Sure, if you’re lucky and you happen to be at the right pub at the right time you might hear a good tune or two from the salad days of rock ‘n’ roll. But there never seems to be a go-to venue for classic rock fans to get their musical fix. Well, local heavy metallers, Angel Down just might have the solution. Revisit and relive the back catalogs of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi and the likes at Classic Rock at El Rancho happening on 24 May at El Rancho Tequila Bar &... 


The Commons celebrates 9 successful years

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  100 views  |  

Introduces new burger range and catering booklet The Commons – one of the foremost coffee house concepts in Sri Lanka – continues to enjoy success, celebrating nine years of serving its loyal clientele. True to its original concept, The Commons, Sri Lanka’s own home-grown coffee house, serves what it’s famous for, a great selection of hot and cold specialty coffees, an extensive menu and delicious desserts. The Commons also developed its signature products, the ‘Commons Rotti Cart,’ a unique facility that’s rolled out and adds a local touch to any event, and now expanded to include the ‘Shawarma Cart’ and the ever-popular ‘Hopper Cart’. The Commons burgers have been a... 


All about James ‘Whacker’

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  111 views  |  

It was ‘juicy’ news for the Australian media. Casino mogul billionaire James Packer who had hit the headlines in Sri Lanka in recent weeks, was now big news in his home country. His fight with business partner David Gyngell was sensational news. The media went to town. Video clips, exclusive press photographs, eye witness accounts, interviews with neighbours kept readers, listeners and viewers busy. News websites had enough and more to report. Jams Packer became ‘James Whacker’ in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ headline along with a full page picture of the fight. Amidst detailed descriptions of the incident, there was at least one with a difference. ‘Packer Gyngell street brawl: How Sydney... 


Dengue raises deadly head with May showers

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By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam warned that there could be a large outbreak of dengue in the month of May, given the intermittent showers being experienced at present. Calling for immediate action addressing a press conference on 2 May at the Colombo Municipal Council, alongside Mayor of Colombo A.J.M. Muzammil and other dignitaries from the CMC, he said: “Data so far collected this year shows that the number of dengue fever patients is 10% lower compared with the data of 2013. The decrease so far for the month of April alone is more than 33% less. However, in April we have more patients than in March and we see an upward trend.” He added: “We... 


Learning cinnamon by hand

Published : 12:00 am  May 10, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  185 views  |  

Text and pix by Claire Cheney With the help of Trekurious, I had a unique learning experience that greatly enriched my trip to Sri Lanka. My visit to a cinnamon farm was different than anything I’ve ever experienced. For one thing, it was not a typical tourist destination. The farm was just that — a farm, not a tourist destination with a gift shop. So after we met the owner, who led us up a rocky, narrow road to the top of hill, I stepped out of the car and looked around at a landscape covered in cinnamon trees; in the distance, tealeaf bushes shimmered an emerald green. Though the farmer and his staff spoke no English, Suneth (from Trekurious) had come along, and both he and my wonderful... 


Not just any ‘Badu’

Published : 12:10 am  May 3, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  810 views  |  
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By David Ebert Vesak is just around the corner, and soon there will be the usual multitude of colourful lanterns lining the streets, strung up at people’s homes all over Sri Lanka, to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. For me this is definitely one of my most favourite times of the year; a time when just walking around the streets is inspiration in itself. I have always been fascinated with lighting; the way the character of a room or an entire house can be changed simply with the use of creative mood lighting placed in the right spots and dimmed according to your personal preferences or mood. Lamps, unlike the Vesak lanterns, are not restricted to just traditional... 


Bleak future for wild elephants

Published : 12:00 am  May 3, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  645 views  |  
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Little do people know that the majority of wild elephants are found outside national parks. Most of these pachyderms are scattered across an endless ocean of human settlements. The end result is a never-ending struggle for survival for man and elephant. Galgamuwa is located between the Wayamba and North Central Provinces. This region is heavily habituated by humans, with very small patches of forest scattered everywhere. Small forest corridors exist but these too have been used by squatters for agriculture resulting in a heightened level of human-elephant conflict. This region covering areas such as Meegalewa, Mahawa, Ambanpola and Ehetuwewa are home to many herds of elephants that eke out a... 


Fishing and bird watching on Kalametiya Lake

Published : 12:00 am  May 3, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  524 views  |  
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By Tashiya De Mel There is so much more to fishing than simply throwing your line into the water and waiting to catch a large fish. It is an engaging activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and become physically active at the same time. While it was never one of those activities I saw myself trying out, fishing on the beautiful Kalametiya Lake definitely changed my entire outlook. Sunil, a fisherman from a nearby village, agreed to take us out onto the lake and show us the ropes. We began our journey at the lagoon, which is separated from the sea by a narrow strip of isolated beach. We all managed to squeeze into Sunil’s traditional fishing boat, a narrow, elongated wooden canoe type... 


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