Nithya: New Colombo handloom chic arrives at Melaché

Published : 12:10 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments  |  1,435 views  |  
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nithya is a newly minted designer brand that reinvents Sri Lanka’s ancient craft of handloom with contemporary elegance. Newly introducing handloom into markets that value stylish and elegant fashion, nithya also produces denim saris, Tartan checks, refreshing acid yellows and earthy browns in handloom fabrics cut into easy, flattering silhouettes. nithya was launched in 2012 by the young fashion designer Nithya Lamahewa graduating from Northumbria University UK at AOD campus in Colombo. The designer Nithya has an eye for the intricate fabric weaving mastery of traditional weavers and uses her international education in fashion to present it with a never-seen-before contemporary flair. She... 


Maliban biscuits win superior taste award once again

Published : 12:05 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  970 views  |  
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Maliban Biscuits Manufactories, Sri Lanka’s premier biscuit manufacturer, has become the country’s first biscuit manufacturer to win the prestigious Superior Taste Award 2013 (two Gold Star Ratings) of the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Brussels, Belgium for four of their main brands – Maliban Cream Cracker, Gold Marie, Chocolate Cream Biscuit and Lemon Puff. For the second time, Maliban has won this award which is increasingly being recognised as the benchmark for quality and taste of the food products the world over. iTQi is the world’s leading independent organization  where  products are tested on a strictly blind basis and judged by chefs and drink experts... 


New landmark Laksala showroom under Divi Neguma program

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  669 views  |  

With the objective of popularising and promoting the Sri Lankan handy-crafts industry both locally and globally, Laksala, the oldest and most well known gift and souvenir boutique in Sri Lanka will open its landmark store in the Colombo Museum premise at the end of this month. Positioned as the ‘National Museum Gallery Café’, the state of the art showroom which is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 185 million falls under the Divi Neguma social development scheme with the guidance of Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. While the cabinet has approved Rs. 220 million for the Museum outlet project, the sum spent for the first phase will amount to approximately Rs. 185 million,... 


The Wok Promo now on at The Golden Dragon

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  547 views  |  

Due to popularity of The Wok Promotion among many diners at Taj Samudra Colombo, the hotel has made such signature dishes available this July to cater to the demand. These creatively exclusive, preparations are being served at The Golden Dragon from the 12 to 21 July 2013. The Golden Dragon Restaurant carries diners’ taste buds through a gastronomical journey of authentic Chinese Cuisine and unravels the finest flavors of Chinese food this month. Amongst the delicious dishes available, the deep fried sea food in a rich and spicy Szechwan sauce is a must try. The braised lobster with chili and brandy is a famous rock lobster cooked in chili flavoured sauce with and flamed with brandy. One should... 


Shilpa 2013 to celebrate heritage of handicrafts

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  710 views  |  

By Paranagamage Waruni and Gunamala Sajeewani The National Crafts Council (NCC) will hold Shilpa 2013 under the theme ‘Celebrating Sri Lanka handicraft’s heritage’ from 15 to 18 August at the BMICH. Functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development, NCC said the event is expected attract a large number of exhibitors and buyers and be a big boost for the handicraft industry. NCC Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena emphasised that Shilpa 2013 is not just only a festival but also a very good opportunity to promote handicrafts among people locally, regionally and internationally, especially in the tourism industry. At previous Handicrafts Exhibition... 


La Fiesta: The newest flavour in town

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,335 views  |  

La Fiesta Restaurant and Bar is the newest celebrity owned restaurant in Sri Lanka with Bathiya and Santhush (BnS) pairing up with experienced Mexican chef and restaurateur Chandana Silva of the La Fiesta Restaurant and Bar, in Roppongi, Tokyo. La Fiesta infuses hand-picked traditional Mexican recipes with diverse contemporary cuisine. The assortment of flavours and special sauces are made from fresh high-quality ingredients sourced both locally and internationally, creating a bold new experience prepared with care and style. The robust flavours of the region are cleverly accompanied by a bright and vibrant ambiance set in warm tones, the internal architecture resembling that of an old Mexican... 


Iftar buffet at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  888 views  |  

The Holy month of Ramadan is set to be celebrated with a wide array of specialties at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo. The hotel’s star class restaurant The Dining Room will be laying out an exceptional Ifthar buffet followed by dinner specially designed for the Ramadan season. Classic Ifthar dishes such as dates and figs, samosas and lamb kefta will be teamed with delicious chicken and lamb shawarma and mutton rogen josh to create the perfect meal for the whole family. A beautiful dessert counter will include mahalabiya, a milk based dish sprinkled with nuts, basbusa and omani halva amongst several other sweet and mildly sweet treats. The Ifthar buffet and dinner is priced at Rs. 2,555 all inclusive.... 


Enjoy Iftar buffet at the Cinnamon Grand

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,378 views  |  

Muslims around the world see the holy month of Ramadan as a time to bring family and community together in a month of spiritual reflection, piety and prayer. A ritual of fasting is observed for the month, with families uniting to breakfast at sunset in a celebration of their faith and devotion. Cinnamon Grand warmly invites you to share in this deep rooted tradition and experience a grand Iftar buffet laid out in honour of Ramadan. The all you can eat buffet offers all your favourite food, both local and Middle Eastern. On till 9 August from sundown till 11 p.m. daily, at the Courtyard Restaurant, the Grand provides the perfect ambience for breaking fast with the family during this sacred month... 


Modest fashion options from Haya

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,090 views  |  

Haya – a brand of fine quality shawls, scarves and hijab accessories imported from Malaysia – has a brand new stock of items suited for Muslim women during the Ramadan season including high quality branded items from popular labels such as Mortada and Rozello. With a choice of vibrant colours, fabrics and lengths; one can find any style they require. Haya offers a vibrant array of printed and plain colours that you can match with your readymade outfits. Offering a range of the latest in silks, cottons, stretch cotton and pashmina shawls and hijabs – Haya is a name to keep in mind for all your modest fashion requirements. Haya will also introduce a special “Prayer Kit” which includes... 


Kotaudagama’s finest speaks out

Published : 12:01 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,963 views  |  
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Kotaudagama, in the little country of Arsikland, used to be a small nondescript rural village. That is until its equally nondescript village politician Chaminda Pusswedilla, with a little bit of luck and mass “defecations” by his fellow Parliamentarians, ended up becoming Opposition Leader and then out of the blue – and mainly through his own machinations and shrewdness – President of the country. These days Kotaudagama’s famous first son is known not only among Arsikland’s populace, but the world over for his political astuteness, his ability to turn his many troubles into unforeseen opportunity and his willingness to solve first world problems with his very own home-grown third... 


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