The Forbidden Frappé 

  
This yumminess available at Coco Veranda!!!! 

Iced tea fever

I’m a huge iced tea as many of you already know. My country is famous for its tea and well it might sound very typical of me to be a fan but I’m more of a flavoured iced tea fan so please don’t judge me πŸ˜‰

Coco Veranda, one of my favourite hangouts recently introduced a range of flavoured iced teas and I thought I’d give a flavour a week a try. Monday morning I happened to have an interview scheduled in the same building so I decided to have the peach and orange iced tea to go. Truthfully speaking I did not like it very much even after many stirs and adding more water back at home. I notified the cafe/restaurent manager and he asked me to come back for a complementary iced tea of my choice.

I headed back on Tuesday. My husband and his two cousins joined us and I decided to go for the blueberry and vanilla iced tea. It was fabulous. I love the berry flavour at the back of my tongue after one sip and the light lingering vanilla flavour fused with the tea in it. Great combination I must say I’d definitely be going in for some more soon.

Here’s a pic of the iced tea –

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What I like to do on weekends

Sometimes I feel like the weekend flies by too soon. Then again, Saturday and Sunday tends to be kind of slow days too at times. It’s hard to really put a nail on it but oh well! It’s the weekend, Saturday is pretty much over for poor ol’ me in Sri Lanka and here comes Sunday.

Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea
Earl Grey, Mandarin and Honey iced tea

I’ve realized that I love planning out my Saturdays. Usually I plan a lunch date with my friends or my husband because he doesn’t come home for lunch during the week. Lunch is usually at a favourite spot like the t-lounge by Dilmah or Coco Veranda. I have to almost always order an iced tea for myself because that has been my favourite drink for the past couple of months now. T-lounge actually introduces a bunch of new varieties every month so there’s always something new to try and it never gets old or boring for me. At Coco, it’s the quality of food and incomparable hospitality that I love and keeps me going back so often. Once lunch is over, I like doing a bit of shopping (mostly the window shopping kind). It allows me to ‘do something’ with my time between afternoon and evening and Colombo is swarming with so many new places and shopping outlets so there’s always some place new to check out. At the moment, the Arcade Independence Square is one of my favourite spots to spend a little time.

Other times, I LOVE going to Mondy because they always have clothes that fit me so perfectly and the choices are so chic. Another place I have been kind of loving is Cotton Collection. I got myself these oh so comfortable pants and I cannot seem to stop wearing them at home.

Independence Arcade
Independence Arcade

Since the weather has been a bit chilly for the past week or so, it’s lovely driving by Galle Face Green and also towards the Kotte side of the city. The sea breeze and calm blue ocean relaxes me as does lush greenery on the other side of Colombo. If the weather wasn’t so unpredictable, I’d actually enjoy a walk by Victoria Park or Independence Square. Unfortunately, Mother Earth is showing rain at random moments throughout the day so a walk is out of the question.

My husband tends to take an short nap after lunch, so I am to myself for a good hour or so by evening time. I love this time because it allows me to do a little bit of cleaning and tidying up in the room. I also make use of this time to catch up on some YouTube makeup video blogs. I’m so fascinated by how beautiful some women look but a bit disheartened by the ton of makeup products used on their face. How much makeup is too much? I personally do not use any foundation, concealer or BB cream so I honestly wouldn’t know how to answer this. My go-to makeup is a good kohl kajal or thick eyeliner and a good colour lip balm or soft matte lip cream. That’s just about it. Anything more than that for a casual day out is torture for me. I cannot for the life of me imagine applying a whole load of other makeup on my face, going out and then coming back home only to take hours to remove everything I had earlier applied on. No way is that happening!

At night, my husband and I love going out to dinner. When we come back, it’s movie night! This weekend we watched the Sex Tape which I kind of expected to be pretty funny and entertaining but was actually a bit of a let down. I guess I expected more but…. the screenplay and storyline could have been a lot better for sure.

As always, Sunday remains unplanned to some extent. I don’t always have good Sundays somehow. Something almost always goes wrong and puts me in a sour mood. Last weekend it was an awful tummy gas attack. The following weekend it was something else. Pfft! And as much as I love going out, I also love quality time at home and this is something my husband doesn’t always understand. He’s quite outgoing whereas I would take some time to settle down and be comfortable. So when I am in the mood for some home comfort, he finds me a little bit boring πŸ˜›

Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection :D
Sneaking a soft matte lip cream onto my personal collection πŸ˜€

I also run a little in-house business of my own where I get down makeup and cosmetics from the US and UK and sell them online to locals so I tend to have some customers come by to take a look at what I have in stock on Sundays. Mornings usually. I’ve been doing this for the past two years and I must say, I really enjoy it πŸ™‚ I have had rough days doing this (some customers can be a bit demanding ha!) but overall, it does keep me happy. On both the plus and negative side of doing this, I get to shop online (yay) and bust a lot of cash (nay).

Occasionally I like to pick up a good book. This I like to do when my husband isn’t around because he bullies and disturbs me constantly. Ha ha, he isn’t a bad husband, just one seeking a bit of attention πŸ˜› I like peace and quiet when I am reading so I do this when he’s off at work on a Saturday morning or when he’s taking a nap. The last book I read was over the last weekend and it was Gone Girl. No, I haven’t had the chance of watching the movie yet but I will soon. To those who have read and watched this, holy freaking hellllllll what in the world is the matter with that woman? And why in the world are they even together in the end? There’s a lot of things I don’t understand but it was a hell of an awesome read! Sorry for the spoiler to those who haven’t read it or watch it πŸ˜€

At this very moment, the weather is oh so lovely in the city of Colombo. My husband and I just drove around for a bit and got home – he straight to the bed for a nap, and me at my laptop and a book nearby. How have you been enjoying you’re weekend?

Xoxo

Coco Veranda

Everyone has a favourite hangout in town. Mine (for pretty much since its inception)has been Coco Veranda.

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Coco V

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!

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Black coffee to wake you up!

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! 

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Refreshing iced tea

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!

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Zesty beverages

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.Β  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.

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Yummilicous!
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Spicy rice

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.

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Passionately passion fruit

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.

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Juicy burger

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! πŸ™‚

Have a great day all! β™‘

*ps – pix courtesy Coco Veranda