I woke as usual this morning; groggy and a little angry that it was 8am. I forced myself back to sleep and was back up by 10am. Still too early I thought in my head but then one of my besties buzzed me about my plans for the day. Of course I had no solid plans so I jumped the gun and said let’s do something. We got another one of my besties up as well and here’s a look at our day at t Lounge, Upali’s by Nawaloka, Flamingo House and the Viharamaha Devi Park!
I love the weekend and so here’s a look at how my Saturday was!
My bestie and I decided to head over to Upalis for a bit of a late lunch. We picked the Negambo black curry prawn accompanied by basmati white rice, pol sambol and papadam. The prawn curry was to die for and had the right amount of spice and favour! Soooo good!
Also decided to opt for a refreshing amberella juice to quench my thirst before walking across the road and making our way towards Jagro for dessert.
Couldn’t help but dig into the strawberry sundae. It includes three huge scoops of vanilla ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce.
We also went on a quick shopping spree to Mondy but I didn’t snap any pictures from there. I did pick out a light linen black top for half off so yay me!
As you all know, I made six New Year Resolutions for this year. I’m not one to usually make any at all but I thought this year would be different and I would do my best to keep up with them. So, I thought every three months, I’ll give you guys an update as to how far along I’ve been keeping up with my resolutions and this would be my first update 🙂
Two of my resolutions had to do with a healthy lifestyle… probably three. I wanted to eat healthy, continue with my yoga practices and also stay away from fizzy and unhealthy drinks. Super thrilled to say, I have been sticking with all three. I love salads and soups so I have been having more of them as a whole meal, I’ve also been practising yoga three to four times a week and I’ve had no fizzy drinks since the beginning of this year. Yay me! I’ve also taken a few extra steps to do a bit of cardio every now and then during the week and weekend whenever I have the time and I actually feel myself become stronger and fit.
I’ve also been reading quite progressively over the past two months and I am super duper happy about it. I actually missed holding a book in my hand so to have me back on the reading bandwagon is such a happy and satisfying feeling. I’ve already ordered another book online for the month of April. As for blogging a couple of times a week, you guys can obviously tell, I am making a huge effort to make sure I have posts very frequently. I do not want to fall off that bandwagon and neglect this blog, especially when it’s just about a year since I started. I didn’t quite realise that until writing this post right now…. oh boy it’s been a year!!!! Just want to take a moment and say a HUGE thank you to all my followers and fellow bloggers you have been supporting me throughout this journey, and also another round of thank yous to my family and friends 🙂 🙂
As for expanding my little online business, I will be featured in a teen magazine next month! Yes, this is another step towards the expansion process and I am so happy and feel so blessed to be where I am in my life right now. Things are really working out well so once again a big thank you to everyone who has supported me through the thick and the thin!
Another month into the year and another lunch date with a good friend 😀 Seriously, time is freaking me out because it seems to go by so fast… let’s leave that for a separate blog post and another day! So, back onto lunch with my gal, we decided to go to the Barefoot Gallery Cafe. This is one of my most favourite spots in the city purely because they also have a gallery that I frequently visit (every month).
I hadn’t been there for lunch in sometime but I do remember their food being super fresh, tasty and well presented. I picked a fresh lime juice and a healthy vegetable cheese bread sandwich for my meal – this included tomatoes, garden leaves, aubergines, celery and tomato. It’s not something I’d usually go for but it was super flavourful and I enjoyed it very much.
Today was a day to hangout and meet up with my besties. We decided to lunch at White & Co which is a neat restaurant along Marine Drive, Colpetty.
I’d never been to this restaurant before so I was really looking forward to checking out their menu and trying out their food. The menu wasn’t exactly lengthy but the choices and prices were pretty good. I decided to go with the Thai Chicken Pita Wrap which totally surprised me because the greens were so fresh and crunchy. The chicken on the other hand wasn’t so Thai like but I did like the taste nevertheless.
Later during the day, it was another meet up with another two friends. One wanted to have a light meal so we went with sushi at Nihonbashi, Odel.
Everyone has a favourite hangout in town. Mine (for pretty much since its inception)has been Coco Veranda.
That’s what it looks like from the outside. It’s located at No. 32 Ward Place, Colombo 7. To be honest, the space isn’t all too large but is cosy and neat.
I love two things about this place – oki on second thought maybe three: firstly I love that the food and drinks are always so good. Consistency is great and customers are hardly ever disappointed. Secondly the oh so friendly staff who are pretty much like friends to me. Lastly I simply love that its located just a street away from where I live!
Here’s what I love on their menu – my favourites might be extensive but hey that’s gonna give you a wide range of choices if you ever do want to try it out! The chicken peri peri sandwich comes in a baguette or ciabatta filled with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, a couple of onions for zest and dynamite tossed up chicken slices. For those who love spicy food, give this a try. I’d recommend you try it along with a fabulous strawberry mojito. Non alcoholic!
They keep introducing new items on their menu every month or so there’s always something great to look forward to. Last night I tried out a new addition – a kiwi and apple crush. I loved the tanginess of the kiwi and the fruity apple combination. As a chilled drink, this is something that would melt away the heat and make you feel totally refreshed. I’m also a huge fan of iced teas so anything from lemon to peach is damn good enough for me!
Do give their salads a try; the strawberry salad is a must. I also favour the saffron rice with chicken satay for a light lunch. The peanut sauce is perfect unlike in some other restaurants that just can’t get it right. They’d also personalise certain items on the menu so you can turn a creamy prawn pasta into a chilli spicy one like I do whenever I go there for an early dinner. Pair it with their deluxe white chocolate frappe and you’re set.
You can’t leave without trying some of their desserts! The famous death by chocolate is a rich chocolaty cake but I’d also recommend you try each and every one of their mouth watering cheesecakes. My favourite is the passion fruit one. Their banofee is something I can’t speak for because I’m not a banana fan but I do have plenty of friends who simply love it.
Other snack type of foods include tacos – they do a vegetarian version as well as a non vegetarian one with minced meat. It could pass for a light lunch but the average Sri Lankan will find it not too filling. The creamy pumpkin soup is an ideal appetizer if you decide to pair it with a healthy salad. I like having rice in the afternoons so I usually go for a tossed up rice and curry – Coco style! Newly introduced on their menu is also the jollof rice (South African apparently) and their spicy mixed rice (also vegetarian)as part of their daily lunch offers.
They also have an outlet at Crescat Boulevard located at Colpetty and next to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Do hope on over and you’ll definitely keep going back! 🙂