Monday, December 17, 2012

JC's Beach Blast - 2012


Sri Lanka’s first pop up bar is coming to Colombo this December and it promises to be an epic event. The theme behind this innovative, one of a kind concept is to create Colombo’s first large scale Reunion; ensuring that old friends, and new friends have a place to come and relive their good times in the past, share memories and moments with friends in an unique venue in the heart of the city.

The first annual Colombo Reunion will be held from the 19th of December to the 23rd December from 6PM onwards at the CH and FC grounds brought to you by the dynamic team behind Colombo’s hottest new bar chain, ‘O!’.

The O! Team are well known for firsts and innovations, will make this event a complete new experience during this festive month.

In order to relive their glory days, the organisers have also setup a Facebook page: and are appealing to all the past pupil networks to share their old photos and memories on it. Furthermore, big groups who are looking to have a reunion this December can do so at the pop up bar and areas can be reserved for them in the huge 150 foot marquee. The Event Organisers are confident that the pop up bar will have the same casual ambience of their other two bars, located in the CH and FC as well as at the Dutch Hospital.

“We are excited to be apart of this event, it has a fantastic line up of Sri Lankan artistes, including top DJs and live bands”, said the event partners.  Attendees can also look forward to live music from popular bands, like Wildfire, Black and Mirage, as well as the musical stylings of DJs Tariq, Dhanushka, Bonnie, Bunty and Wendell.

The Colombo Reunion will feature a number of unique experiences including one of Sri Lanka’s longest bars and a variety of flavored brews. The Event organisers have also brought on a number of high profile partners which include CH & FC, SriLankan Airlines, Mount Lavinia Hotel and YES FM. SriLankan are spreading their Christmas cheer and are generously giving away a number of air tickets, which will be just one of the many prizes that can be won at the event.

As Colombo reaches the height of the season, it becomes virtually impossible to find a venue that is not heaving with people, queuing to get in. The Colombo Reunion promises to be an alternative venue for friends looking to have fun in a relaxed venue with good food and great drinks, and even better conversations.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Feast at MLH on Boxing Day with a Gospel and Jazz Brunch

The day after Christmas is usually spent more relaxed than Christmas Day as the Feast of St Stephen is mainly observed by the United Kingdom, Canadians, and many other Commonwealth nations. But now the world celebrates the day to continue rejoicing with family friends with a feast to celebrate the season in a relaxed manner. Despite its name, Boxing Day, which is celebrated on December 26th has nothing to do with pugilistic competition. Nor is it a day for people to return unwanted Christmas presents. Yet the exact origins of the holiday date back to the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria where boxes of food, fruit, clothing and money were given to trades people as a gesture of gratitude, hence the boxes surfaced the name “Boxing Day”.

“As MLH’s focus always is to exalt traditions that are celebrated across the world a Feast for all with Gospel and Jazz is our style of celebrating Boxing Day in a more relaxed manner yes indeed at the Terrace,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager MLH.

A feast for LKR2900/-nett with traditional Christmas fare, yes fare from UK, Canada and other Commonwealth nations will be amidst the feast like British Apple Pie, Classic British Christmas Cake, Lemon Posset, Orange and cranberry pancakes, Pistachio-crusted Ham, Mince Pies, Kedgeree, Stilton and walnut salad, Christmas cherry soufflé, Turkey thighs with apricot stuffing, Baked gammon with Christmas pickle, Christmas mess(cranberry, chestnuts, and meringue concoction), Country ham with red eye gravy, are a few to mention. Along with Nuovo Vita and Eshantha and is Asia pacific Jazz Ensemble will enlighten the brunch.

Throughout the Christmas season, MLH focused on epitomizing iconic traditions beginning with Thanksgiving and lighting of the tallest tree soon after and recently St Lucias Day celebrations alive with an array of choirs, Voice Print who began the season with great hype, Coro CantAmici adding the voices of youth throughout the season and not forgetting the traditional food and beverages that bring out the best of the season.

For details call the Special Events Desk on 2711 711 ext 420/455 or 430

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December brings seasonal cheer and joyous atmosphere to brighten up Mount Lavinia Hotel

Holiday Foods from across the globe, traditions, and Family-Oriented Activities
mark the Holiday Season at the Mount Lavinia Hotel

Escape the pace of the holiday season and celebrate December at Mount Lavinia Hotel in a relaxed, tropical style. Our incomparable location, around the world food, Gospel Sunday brunch, and convenient access makes the Mount Lavinia Hotel a favorite destination.
But the Mount Lavinia Hotel takes on a special lustre in December, with traditional holiday decorations that is highlighted with violet and silver - and a program of uniqueness like celebrations on St Lucia’s Day and Boxing Day Gospel and Jazz Brunch, festive refreshments, and entertaining activities designed to take away the stress of the holidays and leave you with only the Spirit of the Holidays.
Mr Anura Dewapura states, “our theme this year is highlighting the worldly delights celebrated at Christmas, fit for a king. The Governor’s Restaurant will feature from 7th to 23rd food synonymous to countries particularly consumed at Christmas so you could taste the same.”
A relaxing way to unwind in the afternoon is by the Terrace with a Gospel Jazz Brunch on Boxing Day(26th Dec) with Eshantha and his Jazz Ensemble along with Nuovo Vita bringing out the best in Gospel. Gluh wine and Saffron Buns will be served at the Courtyard on St Lucia’s Day(13th Dec), a event that sends the message of light and hope.
Have the children be our guest this season and enjoy afternoons of fun 9th is painting with the Spirit of Christmas, 16th Dec – Mrs Claus’ kitchen, 23rd Dec – Caroling with Santa and Seven Dwarfs and 30th  - Party at Candyland. Chef Asanka has designed a special Kid's menu to ensure everyone, including the youngest of guests, enjoy their holidays.
The new year eve celebrations on the Terrace with glitz and glamour will be the Simple be the Best New Year’s Eve with bands Doctor and C&C along with DJ Suneth and oh yes Faizal Bongso will be the compere who ring in the new year in full swing.
Mr Anura Dewpaura adds, “This will be a fantastic festive season filled with fun nights, live music and super food from all over the world so come and join us in the enchanting colonial mansion and share in the royal christmas magic of the season.”

Friday, November 30, 2012

Fusion and flavourful theme nights dawns at the MLH

What happens when East and West, North and South all come together in the kitchen at MLH? Unique dining nights emerge at the Governor’s Terrace. LKR2600/-nett per night and over fifteen dishes are celebrated each theme night to satisfy one’s tastebuds.

Monday : Indo-Caribbean

Caribbean starchy roots are a great substitute for noodles and rice as they are perfect for soaking up East Indian spice- and the spicy sauces and the French Creole flavours and British touches.  And the love for hot chili peppers is common amongst traditional East Indian cultures. A culinary evolution—Authentic East Indian dishes and recipes brought to these Islands over a hundred years ago, gradually evolved with the continual addition and subtraction of ingredient into drastically different, deliciously innovative dishes we enjoy today.  The Indo Caribbean theme night will highlight dishes across Caribbean; Hot curry stewpots of beef, poultry, game, goat, and lamb is ubiquitous in the Caribbean.

Tuesday : Pacific Rim Fusion

Truly a cuisine of medleys, Pacific Rim cooking combines Pacific Island foods, Asian cooking techniques, California freshness, and a host of other cultural and culinary influences. You'll find everything from seafood tacos and shitake mushroom quesadillas to Japanese potstickers and seared fish with peanut coconut sauce.  Wonderfully fresh, "Asian fusion," "Euro-Pacific," or "regional Hawaiian" cuisine, it's a way of cooking that enhances a great diversity of beautiful fresh foods with healthful cooking methods, like grilling, wok stir frying, and steaming.

Wednesday : Fiesta Iberico

Exquisite and finest dishes of Portugal, Spain and south western Europe. Fresh vegetables, herbs such as saffron, cumin and coriander are ingredients of this haute cuisine. otaje de garbanzos, potaje de lentejas, fava rica, and favas con coentro. Are typical in the menu. Sweet rice puddings (arroz con leche and arroz doce), soups such as ajo blanco (a white garlic soup), the original gazpacho, gazpachuelo (a fish and egg soup), and various almond soups. Wednesday nights will ignite with Andalusian flavours.

Thursday : United States of India

Relish the opulent tastes in the many regional cuisines native to India. The menu authentically uplifts cuisine from the North, South, east and west of India while offering guests the additional delight of cuisines shaped by Hindu and Jain beliefs, in particular vegetarianism, and the influences of cultural interaction from other societies that has spiced up dishes to suit any palate. Over twenty varieties of regional dishes synonymous to India will be the night’s focus. Regional dishes like Pork Vindalo: popular curry dish in Goa, Kadhi: a spicy North India dish, Rogan Josh is a popular Kashmiri dish, Spicy fish from Kerala, Chungdi Jhola is a spicy gravy based prawn curry with different flavours of spices, Momo is served in a tomato-based broth from Nepal, are a few to mention

Friday : Great Aussie BBQ

A real Aussie BBQ is simply a matter of taste. Flavourful, sizzling BBQ specialities from Aussie are the menu of the night. Boiled n Baked Baby back Ribs that are a signature. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are exactly the way ribs should be. Succulent and saucy, each rack is smoked, grilled to perfection and brushed in a sauce that is seasoned with spicy mountain pepper, bush tomatoes, garlic and hickory. Smooth in texture and full bodied in flavor, Aussie Fries, Shrimp on the Barbie, Crab and Avocado Stack, Buffalo Styled Grilled Chicken Wings, Braised Beef Brisket, Seafood Mixed Grill, Sweet Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Chicken Artichoke Flatbread and don’t forget the Chocolate Thunder from Down Under are some of the dishes in the menu

Saturday : Chino Latino

Latin American Chinese Food or specifically Cuban Chinese and it is a spicy food addiction. Habanero Hell Poppers: Diabolically spicy deep fried habanero peppers with a molten habanero cream cheese filling, Chinese Bbq Spare Ribs: Five-spice honey glaze, Lo Pans Crispy Pork And Crab Rolls: Served with thai bbq sauce, Peasants Chicken Satay: Coconut curry marinated, served with peanut sauce, Chipotle Teriyaki Salmon Satay: Pineapple salsa, Pinoy Paella:  Jumbo shrimp, adobo chicken, mussels, chorizo sausage, calamari and saffronannatto rice  are some of the items in the menu.

Sunday : Ape Kema

Chef Publis surfaces food synonymous to all communities of Sri Lanka. With the many fragrances and spices parallel to South Indian food, it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine. Throughout years of colonization and influence from other countries, Sri Lanka has adapted its food culture into a blend of different curry concoctions and dishes which is ready to be experienced with authenticity and traditions entwined. Dishes like Chicken Dummassa, Maldive Fish Sambol, Beef Cutlets, Ghee Rice, Pork Black Pepper, Mutton Chutty Roast, Dolos Mahe Salad,   Waraka Gini Sisila (flambĂ©) are some of the items in the menu.