Best places for all-day breakfasts!

Published : 12:03 am  January 31, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,352 views  |  
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Many believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Scrumptious goodies to go with your warm cup of coffee or tea. Who can say no to that? Looking for your favourite meal of the day served throughout the day? Here’s a list of a few restaurants/cafes that serve all-day breakfasts.   Charcoal Gallery Cafe, Mount Lavinia Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Charcoal Gallery Café is part of the Charcoal Arts Gallery which offers creative spaces for exhibitions, book launches, poetry readings, plays and more. With a truly inspiring array of food and beverages on offer, the Café is a serenaded with jazz, rock and even contemporary music to accompany your meal. They offer freshly made gourmet... 


Celebrate Independence Day with ‘Ape Kema’ at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  189 views  |  

If there is one hotel that can boast about being part of pre-independence and post-independence Sri Lanka, it is none other than the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Built by one of the British Governors in Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, it was within the same halls of this building that the Kandyan intrigue with the involvement of Ehelepola Adigar and John D’Oyly came into being with the then Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg. Transforming from a Governor’s residence to a military hospital during World War II and subsequently to a hotel under local and international ownership, Mount Lavinia Hotel has not only taken a part of shaping Sri Lanka’s history but also been a part of world history. With the dawn... 


Your Valentine dines for free at HCR!

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  249 views  |  
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 Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Hilton Colombo Residences for the best deals in town Hilton Colombo Residences today unveiled its plans for Valentine’s Day this year with three exciting promotions. The main promotion for Valentine’s Day would be ‘Your Valentine Dines For Free’; featuring a sumptuous international dinner at Verandah Bistro specially crafted by renowned Executive Chef Priyal Wijesuriya. The couple receives a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival; the elaborate dinner buffet will consist of ‘Fresh Oyster Bar with Condiments’, ‘Fresh herb crusted Sea Bass with Lemongrass Curry Emulsion’, ‘Slow Cooked Sliced Lamb with Dry Fruit Chutney and Feta Crumble’,... 


What Dominion Status meant

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  246 views  |  
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“In 1945 His Majesty’s Government affirmed their willingness to cooperate with the people of Ceylon in their advance to Dominion Status and expressed the hope that within a comparatively short space of time such a status would be evolved.” This was how the British Government’s announcement about the granting of independence to this country began. The announcement was read out by Governor Monk Mason Moore at a special meeting of the State Council – the legislative body which preceded Parliament. I came across an interesting article on ‘Dominion Status’ by constitutional expert, Dr. Ivor Jennings (later Sir Ivor) who had come as Principal of University College and was soon to become... 


Manhattan Fish Market unveils 5 flavours to spice up lunch

Published : 12:00 am  January 31, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  178 views  |  
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Award winning popular restaurant chain The Manhattan Fish Market Sri Lanka introduces an all-new lunch deal teamed with its recently-launched sauces. Each of the tantalising sauces which can be selected is served over a sumptuous grilled Dory accompanied by delicious garlic herb rice, a fizzy drink and ice cream. The fin-tastic offer is available for lunch at just Rs. 470 at the Manhattan Fish Market Deal Place and Rajagiriya branches. Commenting on the launch, The Manhattan Fish Market Sri Lanka Managing Director Shafraz Anees stated: “Here at The Manhattan Fish Market we are consistently looking to provide the best dining experience to our customers. This is why we continuously create new... 


CPArts: 50 years of peace-building in Sri Lanka

Published : 4:18 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,242 views  |  
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By Thulasi Muttulingam Sixty-seven years since Sri Lanka gained her independence from colonial rule, there are many left wondering what has become of their beloved country, and what is yet to become of it. It is a country that inspires despair and worry, yet also pride and hope in its many constituents. Among those with a never-say-die attitude despite the severe odds they face are the artistes at the Thirumarai Kalamanram (known in English as the Centre for Performing Arts), founded in Jaffna. CPArts has the distinction of being the longest running cultural and artistic foundation working for peace in the country.             Its founder, the highly-respected Reverend... 


Tea Avenue now open for breakfast

Published : 4:12 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  2 Comments  |  1,525 views  |  
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By Sarah Hannan Tea Avenue has been in operation for nearly three months now and as promised it is open for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. onwards since 8 January. Introducing a concept hangout spot that specialises not only in tea but also coffee, the venue is mostly frequented by young adults who work in and around Barnes Place and Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7. Conveniently located at the corner of the intersection, Tea Avenue offers parking space and an outdoor seating area for those who need some breathing space. Designed by a Singapore architect and interior designing firm, the shop is equipped with contemporary furniture and lighting. One must order the food and beverages and obtain the token... 


Biryani spots around Colombo

Published : 4:11 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  1,858 views  |  
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Enticing yellow rice, a generous portion of chicken leg/thigh, delicious mint sambol and a boiled egg – the cardinal components of a good biryani. Here’s a list of some places in and around Colombo where you can find all this and more in a biryani.   1. Raheema Hotel A good place to satisfy a biryani craving, Raheema Hotel does a decent job, especially with portion size and taste. The hotel has Indian staples like biryani, parathas and dosai. Their classic chicken biryani and beef biryani comes with a pol sambol concoction and gravy. The notable factor in their biryani is the seasoning; the salt is not overpowering as in most cases. The rice is lightly seasoned and even the meat, which... 


Cinnamon Lakeside serves up new menu at Long Feng

Published : 4:09 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,043 views  |  
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Known for consistent excellence over the years, Long Feng is one of Cinnamon Lakeside’s signature restaurants and has served up authentic Chinese dishes to discerning diners over the years. With excellent service, good food and decent prices, Long Feng has held its own despite stiff competition in the city. However, determined to rise to new heights in terms of its culinary offerings, the restaurant has now revamped its menu, introducing many new dishes while retaining the best of the previous offerings. By Monday 26 January, around 50% of the dishes on the menu will be all-new offerings which are sure to tempt the taste buds and sate the appetite.                           The... 


The Foot Aqua Lounge At 7° North

Published : 4:07 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  179 views  |  
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Famed for its open deck that reaches out to touch the surrounding Beira Lake and starlit skies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s 7° North is introducing its latest concept to guests, the Foot Aqua Lounge, the only aqua lounge in Colombo. Comfortable seating placed in the shallow pool, overlooking the larger infinity pool, allows diners to dip their feet in the cool water and relax with friends, with a chilled drink in hand.  The soft lighting and seating for two or groups of four makes this ideal for those special private moments that calls for something different. Commenting on the new launch, General Manager of Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Dermot Gale said: “The Aqua Foot Lounge is a completely... 


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