My Trip to Galle

It’s a shame to say that I’ve never been to the Galle fort until my last vacation. I had been to Galle once when i was a kid and never got off the van as my dad went for a wedding and we were supposed to stay in the vehicle which was parked near the beach. my second trip was to Galle in 2013 to collect some goods from trico. I was preggy and we had to just get the stuff cleared and return home.

before I tied the knot I always tried to apply for the Galle literary festival and become a volunteer so that i can visit Galle and have some fun looking around. the media never stops driving my thoughts towards Galle whenever its the Galle literary festival season. due to my family restrictions that we girls are not sent anywhere alone and dad had office which stopped me from being a volunteer. my dreams were shattered but there was hope.

last January I was on vacation in Sri Lanka and we were in beruwela after a waleema . we all had some free time and someone suggested we go to Galle for an evening. i was overwhelmed with joy that finally my dream is gonna come true. we set off at 4 from home and it was a 45 minutes drive from beruwela through a shortcut which led to the southern highway. from the highway it only took 25 minutes but the 45 minute was for some fuel, snacks and following of relatives.

it was 6 pm when we reached Galle. the sun was setting and the birds were getting home while we drove towards Galle fort through the busy Galle town recollecting and discussing the tsunami in 2004. 10 years and the Galle fort welcomed us with the beautiful lighthouse view and streets decorated with tiny lights for some celebration on the mosques.

we headed towards the lighthouse and sat nearby for a small picnic.the moon was shining bright while the lighthouse stood there giggling at the nature trying to compete who is the brightest of them all, sure is the moon.

we had achcharu and some monis biscuits and small cake sort of thing which is actually called bibikkam in Sri Lanka and I’ve only heard it but it was my first tasting and it was super yummy.

soon after the snacking at around 8 we started of by foot with footwear looking around the Galle fort. every step was mesmerizing. as I walked around taking a few pictures making sure none of my relatives saw me so that they don’t tease me saying “okay, you gonna blog”. the entire area had the Portuguese architecture and I ย felt like I was in another world. trust me every step I walked around made me think of staying longer and why haven’t I come here before and why dint we come early.

the boutique style shops, restaurants and hotels all with beautiful interior and exterior the walk around Galle fort was an unforgettable memory. it was my best short trip in Sri Lanka.

you gotta see it to believe it.

if you go on a vacation to Sri Lanka don’t forget to add Galle in your list even for a short visit like I did.

we ended our walk with the ice cream parlor which served some good quantity ice cream and then we headed home.

I missed peddlers in cafe and many more places due to the late visit, lack of time and sudden plan please don’t miss it if you go.

 

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Sri lanka and it’s Food

A Photo Story

Some of the sweets served after the waleema function.  Those marzipan strawberries were a hit.

Some of the sweets served after the waleema function. Those marzipan strawberries were a hit.

Trust me those are the best kokis I've ever tasted it with pani/treacle and are so delicious.

Trust me those are the best kokis I’ve ever tasted it with pani/treacle and are so delicious.

The waleema menu was a bit different to the ordinary buriyani. They also served roti with tandoori chicken.

The waleema menu was a bit different to the ordinary buriyani. They also served roti with tandoori chicken.

Those tandoori chicken needs to be eaten hot before you send your guests home :-)

Those tandoori chicken needs to be eaten hot before you send your guests home ๐Ÿ™‚

Alright dessert was gajar ka halwa with vanilla ice cream. It was different no usual watalappam serced but that's ok because we had watalappam at many other occasions.

Alright dessert was gajar ka halwa with vanilla ice cream. It was different no usual watalappam serced but that’s ok because we had watalappam at many other occasions.

Sri lankan love cake made to serve the guests at the wedding.  It was so delicious i ate a few after a week too.

Sri lankan love cake made to serve the guests at the wedding. It was so delicious i ate a few after a week too.

These ve cakes keep well over the shelf for days.

These love cakes keep well over the shelf for days.

My sisters homemade kimbula buns. Of course they look a bit thin like my sister but taste the exact same as the bakery buns. I got her recipe and need to try it soon.

My sisters homemade kimbula buns. Of course they look a bit thin like my sister but taste the exact same as the bakery buns. I got her recipe and need to try it soon.

We payed a visit to a cousins house which was having a wedding in a week and this is what we enjoyed.  The traditional thosi. Wow they had nelli thosi and ambarella thosi with love cakes and hot hot patties.

We payed a visit to a cousins house which was having a wedding in a week and this is what we enjoyed.
The traditional thosi. Wow they had nelli thosi and ambarella thosi with love cakes and hot hot patties.

Pilawoos a normal restaurant in Colombo is very famous for its cheese koththu. They are famous for koththus actually.  You can see vehicles lined up on the road to eat pr takeaway koththu at anytime till they close. These koththus are to die for and you should eat it with those spicy gravy thats served in a tiny bag.

Pilawoos a normal restaurant in Colombo is very famous for its cheese koththu. They are famous for koththus actually. You can see vehicles lined up on the road to eat pr takeaway koththu at anytime till they close.
These koththus are to die for and you should eat it with those spicy gravy thats served in a tiny bag.

Food : My Vacation in Sri lanka

Words can never just explain how my vacation in sri lanka was for my fellow readers. So i made sure to click some

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That the bumbai muttai and nice i seriously dont know whats it called in other parts of the world and I’ve never seen it else where i went.

To the next stage:
Did i mention i came down for my brother in laws wedding? Yes i did. So weddings means buckets and trays of sweets. It all pours in to the wedding house from somewhere. In sri Lanka friends and relatives take a dish and make it to bring for the wedding house. That sweet is served for the visitors and the house members. So extra sugar is 100% guaranteed if you are going to a wedding house or living in a wedding house.
So let me introduce you to the sweets section.

First comes sri lankas very own kimbula buns. Oh we can eat 2 for breakfast it's so sweet but not very sweet

First comes sri lankas very own kimbula buns. Oh we can eat 2 for breakfast it’s so sweet but not very sweet
Ok let me take a break need something spicy so here is my lunch. It was sri lankan food. Super spicy chicken curry with rice and vegetables cooked in sri lankan style served with a salad. I just enjoyed every mouth.20141224_155653
One more item is yet to be introduced as a spicy dish my mother in laws special pol sambol. Yes it’s different i have seen my cousin make it with garlic and it tastes awesome but this tasted even special with dried fish blended and mixed to the ordinary pol sambol.
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[caption id="attachment_3959" align="alignnone" width="300"]Pineapple with salt and chillie. I know we get pineapple here but its a bit expensive and they sell it with chillie and sugar at dragin mart it's sri lankan style to have it with salt and chillie i just love the combo. Pineapple with salt and chillie. I know we get pineapple here but its a bit expensive and they sell it with chillie and sugar at dragin mart it’s sri lankan style to have it with salt and chillie i just love the combo.

Back to colombo cos thats where the wedding took place.

And we this was what i had at the mehendi party at the brides house.
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at cinnamon grand for an ice cream amidst heavy showers. yes it was a rainy night ๐Ÿ™‚ i tried this apple ice cream and panettone which sound a bit weird but tasted fine ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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a spread for the visitors which we also ate in colombo. the olden days have when dosi, dodol, paniyaram and murukku was served in small bowls and placed in large sahans. the brownies and cupcakes have taken over the place but there are still towns like negombo and other parts of colombo which go by tradition. i wish i can show you a picture of that soon till then this is how the wedding house looked ๐Ÿ™‚

 

the sri lankan traditional appa the best part was they had an appa party with a person doing at home. it was soo nice to see the appa being made at home and served hot. the egg hoppers and the chicken curry was a hit. this appa stand was my favourite of the entire trip. i was so eagerly waiting with my camera until the appa making began. i am gonna master this very soon in sha allah ๐Ÿ™‚

dodol yes this is made by one of the aunts. its tasty and oily but trust me it worth it. it’s a traditional sweet made in sri lanka and i dono the origin but sure it’s sri lankan.

my cooking a very simple dinner homemade pasta, tuna devil, milk gravy with egg and pol samol served with stringhoppers.

I GUESS FOR TODAY THIS IS ENOUGH.
i will post the remaining soon till then have a great weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

Turkish food

It was a sunday while I rushed back home from my cake classes. The very last class it was supposed to be and am supposed to get my masters certificate in a week. Sundays are good market day at crescat boulevard araliya car park and I love the good market for its good food and stuff.
I decided to try turkish food on last Sundays good market for a change. Big borek was in my mind when I decided so, having come across the good market Facebook page and knowing that big borek has a kind of pate I’ve never tried I contacted them on whatsapp and asked to reserve 6 pieces for me.
How my conversation started is a funny sort of story.
I dint know much about turkish food except I knew how turkish delights look. I asked the person who sells at big borek the price of those pakoras and The reply was so kind yet informative. Those are turkish lentil pates sold as 2 for150 rupees.
I ordered 6 for me and my family.  My visit to the good market was to buy those lentil pates. I headed over to the big borek which stood amongst the many stalls with a nice spread of turkish food. The nice lady behind this turkish delight was a turkish lady herself and mentioned she was originally from Istanbul.

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She had all her food nicely closed and served all with a care and cleanliness was so vital in her hands.
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When I asked her why she named her stall big borek, she pointed over to her apron smiling while she explained that borek means those pate sort of food in turkey and she believes big is good and nice name so she called it big borek.
This nice lady from turkey bakes and cooks all that she sell by herself.
She also mentioned that she made feta  cheese at home and used it in the pastry that was available for sale. I was impressed and decided to buy a pastry to fill my hungry tummy which was empty with no breakfast due to a rush for  classes early in the morning with only a cup of tea.
The feta and spinach pastry was so tasty and crispy, I loved it and am inspired to try my own pastry recipe soon. Those pastries were called pogca I guess its turkish.

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I also bought a rotti to accompany the lentil pate and some baklava which was also home made and looked good. My dad loved it so much.

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Finally I went home with some nice turkish food and good few words from a nice turkish lady. I forgot to ask her name yet il go back to her stall soon for snack.
She mentioned she does it as a hobby and decided to bring turkish food for the sri lankans as turkish food is something you can not find in sri lanka. I totally agree with her she did save me a flight ticket to turkey by helping me blog about turkish food at the comfort of sri lanka (just kidding):D of course I wanna go visit turkey one day.
Until then let’s explore.
Its travel and foods pictures to follow-
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It was indeed a colourful food tour with bog borek.
When your in sri lanka the next time and feel like going for turkish visit the good man stalls on sunday at crescat boulevard araliya car park, Saturdays at the race course colombo 7 nuga car park or the diyatha uyana at waters edge stalls on Thursday.
For more details head over to the good market facebook page.

So this week was a turkish weekend. Next week there will be something different from.the good market until then it’s bye from mafaza.
mafaza

Like a Tourist in Colombo- 200th blog post

29th DECEMBER 2013

It’s a couple of days away from the new year 2014 and a time to celebrate my blogs 200th post.
I wanted my 200th blog post to be a memorable one with a bit more of delicacy, organic and colorful with pictures. I Stumbled upon ideas and books and finally got something extraordinary to post and share with my valuable readers and followers.

A day out with my 5 and a half month old son and my two sisters to the good market at the crescat boulevard was my plan. Let me update you on about the good market.
The good market is an initiative to promote local and organic produce of sri lanka. It highlights vendors who have all sorts of food that display lankan trends and ingredients. Most products are all natural, local, organic and some hand made.
My aim was to eat some fresh and raw fruits with salt and chillie at the achcharu kadey stall.

My photo story

At the Good Market

 

 

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Sri lankan handmade products.
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The achcharu kadey

Komala komadu the latest fruit added to the menu at the achcharu kadey.

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imageThe juices that reminds of sri lanka to me.

coming home tired of roaming around for an hour I was greeted with this chocolate and caramel milk made by my brother

It was delicious and better than Cioconut lounges hot caramel.

At the lagoon cinnamon grand

I received the invitation for dinner but I was not in a mood for party yet I decided to join and celebrate the memorable day in my sister in laws life. I took a tuk tuk all the way down to cinnamon grand. The ride was superb. Colombo is even more beautiful at night while the atmosphere was windy and smells of fresh grass when you pass the vihara maha devi park now renovated and reopened.
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The two photo’s between this sentence goes to an inquisitive panda my cousin in law hafsa mazahim.
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The lagoon a seafood restaurant at cinnamon grand with a poolside outdoor seating had such a serene atmosphere.
It was really an unforgettable and romantic dinner. A celebration of 10 years bonding of two good people in a relationship of marriage was the purpose of the dinner. The dinner was hosted by my very own sister in law and her husband. Chatting and giggle over a few glasses and cutlery that lay upon the table while sipping in some lemonade and pepsi or the lankan favourite ginger beer was my bunch of lovely cousins in law. Missing my husband and chatting a few words on whatsapp while cuddling my sleepy son I was so happy to own my new pink shawl (it was so comfortable). The wind from the trees surrounding the dinning area cheers and talking of the customers, waiters moving around serving bunches of very hungry customers, flash light of photographys clicked from all sides of the table made the atmosphere even more enjoyable and casual.
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The Food

While Sipping in some lemonade the starter was served which took me down memory lane. The very delicious batter fried tiny fishes were the starters with an ordinary ketchup exactly the same taste as mount lavinia hotel in colombo.
It took some time for the main course to be served which was freshly prepared while the customers awaited in the kitchen that was also visible through the restaurants inner seating area and partially visible from the outdoor seatings.
The main courses were served just before my son started crying for his main course.
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A dish of sauted prawns and squid was also served with an extra bowl or noodles.
The food was delicious.
The Ambience was perfect.
You can find out more about the good market at https://m.facebook.com/thegoodmarketcolombo

They’ve got some lovely stuff that you might like to check out. If your planning to vacation in sri lanka good market and diyatha uyana is two places you should check in and try.

Achcharu, A craving for something salt and spicy

The first time I heard of the achcharu kadey I was so excited and happy as I can enjoy my favourite snack and fruit with peace. Wondering what am talking about? Yes, achcharu is available all over in Sri Lanka for a very nominal price and its so delicious.ย  The only reason for me to be happy is that now I can eat my favourite achcharu without any confusion.ย  The achcharu sold in ordinary stalls doesn’t guarantee cleanliness but the achcharu kadey is a part of the good market and sells all items prepared in a clean way and follows the health ministry standards.
All items are served with gloves on and kept closed that’s what makes me enjoy my achcharu peacefully.
Ok now are you impatiently screaming whats achcharu???
It’s just fruits served with some salt and chillie powder. Sometimes a bit of pepper powder makes it more spicy. Mangoes, wood apple, star fruit, gooseberry, nelli and pomelo are some fruits used to make achcharu.
It has been a favourite amongst Sri Lanka’s and I remember the joy of having an achcharu day in school and the days we enjoyed achcharu after school and during the interval at our school canteen.

I was waiting for several weeks since I heard of the achcharu kadey with anxiety to try the different fruits available at their store. It was at the British school in Colombo Christmas fair that I bought the achcharu. It was packed in beautiful cups with a lid and served with a spoon. I was so mesmerised on the fruits they had and how they served. Very pleased to have spent at the achcharu kadey stall and is awaiting to revisit very soon.
Keep up the good work achcharu kadey.

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Like a tourist in my country: sri lanka

 

 

 

 

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a bloggers addiction

travelling around colombo

photographing the kingsbury hotel in colombo while the CHOGM heat was flying around with posh cars and high security around the main areas in colombo.

loved the night breeze in colombo fort.

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