Kurunduwatta gets a facelift

Published : 12:00 am  September 21, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,040 views  |  

By Ranat The Colombo Town Hall area is a hive of activity these days. The whole area is getting a facelift as part of the ‘Beautification of Colombo’ project. A nearby building just behind the Town Hall, also of the colonial era, was renovated sometime back but possibly went unnoticed. It is the Cinnamon Gardens Post Office building which was in a dilapidated condition but was totally restored by Sampath Bank as part of its CSR program. What’s come to be considered as the City’s most posh residential area – Cinnamon Gardens – was once literally a ‘kurundu-kele’ – a forest full of cinnamon trees. Later it became ‘kurundu-watta’ (cinnamon garden), by which name the area was... 


Brass & Drums infusion with Balkanrazzia and Naadro

Published : 12:10 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  733 views  |  
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Last Sunday the gig goers in Colombo were treated to a Brass & Drums platter of tunes through an interesting collaboration of cultures and countries: ‘Balkanrazzia’ comprising of a Nordic percussion and brass instrument ensemble and our very own dynamic percussionists ‘Naadroo’. A free event held at British School Auditorium, Colombo, saw a big audience on a Sunday. The audience was treated to a unique blend of ‘West meets East’ along with Balkanrazzia’s own flavour of oriental fusion. The outfits enthralled the crowd along with the signature acts and the infusion of Balkanrazzia and Naadroo, the entwinement of Nordic and South Asian beats, was simply mind-blowing. Pix by Lasantha... 


The Commons introduces brand new menu

Published : 12:06 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,266 views  |  

By David Ebert Colombo’s favourite coffee house and afternoon hangout spot, The Commons, introduced its new Executive Chef Romesh Kulatunga who unveiled his all-new revamped menu recently. Consisting of an all-new range of breakfast treats, soups, salads, pastas, waffles, rotis and sandwiches cooked up by Chef Romesh and his team, this alone is reason enough to pop in for a quick bite. Armed with a Masters in European Culinary Arts and trained at the prestigious Les Roches School in Switzerland, Chef Romesh counts extensive experience working in world class kitchens such as the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek, Florida and the J.W. Marriott St. Pierre Country Club, Bristol. In addition,... 


Tempting crepes at Galadari

Published : 12:04 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  503 views  |  

The Galadari Hotel once more has a fabulous promotion in store commencing from 23 to 29 September 2013. This tempting treat is a mouth-watering ‘Crepes Promotion’ from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Café 64. Choose from a range of sweet and savoury crepe temptations. Whether you are sweet toothed or prefer a more savoury approach the Cafe 64 has a crepe offering to suit your palate. The wondrous crepes include ‘Arabian Fantasy’ which is a date and nut stuffed golden fried pancake with double boiled cinnamon ice cream and custard sauce. ‘Tropical Surprise’ is a coconut spirit flamed vilot mango form peninsula cream in cardamom flavoured crespella served with mango ice cream. Another choice... 


‘Shisha by the Pool’ at Taj Samudra Colombo

Published : 12:04 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,226 views  |  

Taj Samudra Colombo has set the mood for exotic ‘Shisha by the Pool’ this September. Perfect for an early night out or pre-drinks and bites, the Poolside Bar at Taj Samudra Colombo offers many flavours that are sure to delight. Experiment with flavours such as Lemon, Double Apple, Chocolate, Energy Drink, Strawberry and Mint. The choice of Shisha is priced at Rs. 1,500 nett per hour and includes two refills. ‘Shisha by the Pool’ is available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. As the evening sets in, unwind by the pool, sip on a drink and tuck into authentic Arabic snacks while savouring the best Shisha in town. The comprehensive and carefully-selected drinks list offers value for money, while the... 


Lip-smacking Chicken Spicy Wings at McDonald’s

Published : 12:03 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,993 views  |  

Get ready for a real lip-smacking experience because McDonald’s have just introduced ‘Spicy Wings’ with an unbeatable bold taste that will change the wing game forever. This exciting new addition to McDonald’s finger-food range has a unique flavour that has been specially formulated to titillate Sri Lankan palates. McDonald’s Spicy Wings come in generous portions of three pieces for only Rs. 170 and six pieces for Rs. 320 and could be enjoyed as a delicious snack at anytime of the day. The crispy fried chicken wings are served with a chilli and garlic sauce dip to add to its already amazing flavour. McDonald’s Chicken Spicy Wings is unbelievably scrumptious. So, whatever time of the... 


Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort ‘Crowned’ for food hygiene excellence

Published : 12:03 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  511 views  |  

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort was recently awarded ‘Crowns for Food Hygiene’ Certification receiving four out of five crowns, an exceptional achievement which is a credit to their commitment to maintaining the highest of standards in every aspect of their operations. The “Crowns Scheme for Food Hygiene” is an initiative by Ind-Expo Certification Limited, established by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) in partnership with National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) and supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industrial Development. This certification is awarded to food outlets, restaurants and hotels which... 


Gold FM celebrates 15 glittering years

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  643 views  |  

Gold FM was warmly welcomed into homes all around the island 15 years ago and since then the station has indeed made radio history. Yesterday, 19 September, Sri Lanka’s No. 1 English radio station, Gold FM celebrated 15 years of its existence. Gold FM, a part of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Ltd., a member of Rayynor Silva Holdings, was launched in 1998 and from day one has been dedicated to sharing every bit of success with their extensive listener base in Sri Lanka as well as across the globe. Within a time span of 15 years, Gold FM has brought to you the best in music, the most comprehensive news and greatest international artistes of all time; Boney M, Cliff Richard, Leo Sayer, Billy Ocean,... 


The De Lanerolle Brothers reach for the stars

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  2 Comments  |  605 views  |  

Come Monday, 23 September, music enthusiasts will witness yet another monumental concert by The De Lanerolle Brothers at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. Despite their busy schedules, the Daily FT managed to catch the due for a brief interview about their success story and how things have progressed from their first concert to get them where they are today By Sarah Hannan Q: Having the support and sponsorship for four consecutive years from most of your sponsors; what is the key factor for your event sponsors to tie up with your events on each occasion? A Ishan: We have three concerts a year, solely organised and performed by the ‘Brothers’ year-on-year, which gives sponsors more advertising space... 


Futurex to hold ‘Fantastic Four’ exhibitions in September

Published : 12:00 am  September 20, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  586 views  |  

Showcasing latest innovations and technologies of four sectors under one roof Futurex Trade Fair and Events, dedicated to improving the economy of Sri Lanka by creating ideal business platforms for lucrative industries, is organising an exhibition representing construction materials aluminium, glass, windows and doors, and wood. The event will be held from 27 to 29 September at the BMICH in Colombo, under the theme ‘The Fantastic Four in Sri Lanka’. The exhibition covering the four sectors will be simultaneously held at the same venue under the titles ‘Sri Lanka Glass International Expo 2013,’ ‘Sri Lanka Windows and Doors International Expo 2013,’ ‘Sri Lanka Aluminium Extrusion... 


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