Dining at Urban Kitchen

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I love food, but then again who doesn’t? When Urban Kitchen first opened up I was very impressed. It looked like a food court with a lot of class to it. The first time I ate there I was amazed at the quality of the food. The service was excellent and the waiters were so friendly and the food was simply delicious. Some time back waffle introduced  rice ball and I to the chocolate cupcake they had there and it was simply divine.

I don’t exactly remember when it was opened but i guess its been a couple of years since its been in existence. The last time I visited UK was a few weeks back. It was a Sunday and there was hardly a crowd which was quite surprising to me as I always remember the place being packed.

So rice ball and I were accompanied by two of our friends “brown bread” and brownie. We found some comfortable couches and relaxed into them. Since we were famished after an eventful day of pictionary we ordered some wine, a pizza, fried calamari and another chicken dish which I don’t remember as it was quite forgetful. It took us half an hour after we were ready to order for the waiter to take our orders. They completely ignored us even though we got the attention of three different waiters and each one kept saying they will take it soon. My patience was on a very very thin line as I was getting angrier every second i got hungrier.  It came to that point that rice ball walked up to the manager and went can you please take our order since everyone else is ignoring us. The shocked manager didn’t really know what to do with himself and since he was a very friendly person he made sure we were looked into immediately.

The pizza came out in a mere 15 to 20 mins and we were quite impressed. It tasted quite delicious and riceball and brownie were quite happy with their meal. Now while this was happening BB and I were waiting and waiting and waiting for our food. I mean how long does friend calamari take to fry? I have made it at home and it doesnt take too long. After one hour of waiting I couldnt take it anymore and brownie went up to the head chef and told them in the most politest way that we were still waiting for our food.

So when we finally got it, it all looked very appetizing. And then we tasted it. My calamari was RAW! it was like chewing rubber. To be honest rubber would have been easier. So after all that wait I got raw food. We returned it and ordered the safest option. A pizza. Atleast I knew that would be cooked.

All in all I had a terrible experience there, specially for someone who loved their food and always promoted it. Its weird how no matter how many wonderful times you have in one place, one bad experience can put you off completely.

So if I was to rate UK I would give it a

1/2 out of 5 for service

2 out of 5 for food

9 days of MADNESS!

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Yes FM’s recent campaign, the 9 days of 90’s definitely has a good listener base as I believe they’ve tapped into a good market. But you know what the issue is? we need to hear more music and less of shaqs voice.

Rice ball loves music from the 90’s and so i have to torture myself and listen to it every morning. Don’t get me wrong i love the music too.. just dislike the station. I mean i get it they say that this is the latest phase in radio where they keep their audience captivated with their silly chatter and antics, but it comes to that point where all you want to do is scream STOP and SHUT THE HELL UP!

Shaq and shey are talented individuals, specially in what they do. My honest opinion is that there will never be a duo like Shaq and Mark but thats just old and stale news.

So today like every other day i got into the vehicle at 7.15 and saw the dreaded 89.5 tuned into the radio. So while we were driving i had to listen to Shaq’s sad pathetic story about how he never got the chance to put together his marvel comic cards.. and as always when Shaq cant do something its a scam. So yeah Marvel comics was playing a huge joke on the world and they wanted people to buy their cards when there was no actual prize. Great work Shaq aren’t you a master mind.

So all this time i had only heard one song being played mind you. Then there was a lady who tried some 90’s quiz to win a ARPICO mattress. I mean i get it that its expensive these days but come on….. So in her first question she answered it in less than a few seconds but Shaq oh great great Shaq keeps asking her on and on and on the same bloody question. All us listeners are losing our patience at his complete and utter stupidity. I mean Ask the question, get the answer and ding ding ding we have a winner! how bloody hard is that?

So 5 agonizing questions for that lady was 15 to 20 minutes of hair pulling, nail bitting, eye ball popping pain for us. Its not coz i wanted to kno the answers.. i could care less if she won the mattress or not, but i just wanted it over with coz listening to Shaq keep on going “are u sure? positive? ur sure? very sure? if you got another try whats your second guess? sure? want to change it? how sure are you?” i mean KILL me already. Its just MADNESS.

So yeah even after all that she didn’t even win.. got some lame goody bag with probably lots of gay merchandise Shaq himself hand picked from his gay land of talentless gayness! And the best part of all this was that i got off at about 8.15 and i had the liberty of listening to 2 songs the entire time on Yes fm. Now thats fantastic work my friends.

Lemons and wine……

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Last night i met up with some old friends after a long long time. One of them, “peanut” insisted that we try Lemon, which is Kolus new restaurant.  When you walk in there its beautiful.. its on the rooftop and the place looks so comfy and all that.. so “rice ball” and I got some comfy lounge chairs and relaxed with the drinks menu.. in came “peanut” with her on and off boy toy “tensabi maki”

Of course being the rioter he is I was in a fit of giggles from the beginning till the end when “tensabi maki” started talking and taking the crap out of everything around us… specially little peanut 🙂

So we ordered the food, the prices aren’t too bad.. it ranges from Rs. 700 to about Rs. 1500. The drinks on the other hand is on a nett rate from Rs. 600 and upwards which is not too bad at all. So we ordered our food. I ordered the stuffed calamari with minced pork, rice ball ordered the belly pork, “tensabi maki” got the thai noodles with prawns and little peanut got a caesar salad.

When the food arrived we were all in shock. The caesar salad was the side of her tiny palm with leaves and croûton only… it tasted terrible and it hardly filled one mouthful. The entire time we had to sit and listen to peanut go on about the caesar salad at coco veranda which to be honest is simply amazing.

My calamari was okay.. and being a person who hates vegetables i actually enjoyed the veges more than i did the meat. The belly pork on the other hand was simply yum. I was told Lemon was known for that dish and rightly so as it was quite delicious. “tensabi maki” was taking the crap out of his dish and screaming out to the world how master-chef material it was even though we all knew he hated it.

Ofcourse i think the whole of Colombo has been there or comes there quite often as we bumped into so many people. Our entire dinner lasted a little bit over an hour so “tensabi maki” said lets go get sloshed at the swimming club.  The four of us got there and we started opening up bottle after bottle of white wine and it was just “tensabi maki”, me and rice ball who drank. Ofcourse i know my limits after too many drunken nights and shameful behavior, so i stopped after 3 glasses. I definitely couldn’t say the same for the other two who hammered drink after drink.

Now everyone has always told me the hot butter cuttle fish is great at the swimming club.. and me being a huge fan of that particular dish, we ordered it and i was in heaven and mannn did that hit the spot. Anyway the night ended with those two getting sloshed as they call it and peanut screaming in the parking lot to “tensabi maki” to let her drive and rice ball trying to get in on the action. Poor rice ball couldnt even see the road so i had to drive him home while i listened to him ramble and throw up a million times and also scream at my driving on the way.

So note to self : Dont eat at Lemon, dont drink too much wine or let the rest who is with u drink too much on a weekday. Today i heard that rice ball and “tensabi maki” are food poisoned eventhough peanut and I know that those two drama queens are drunk and hungover and they just dont want to go to work.

Sri Lankan Airlines – We are definitely NOT their world.

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This is a long overdue post that my very good friend waffles has been asking me to write for ages. I guess since recently i didnt have the kick to actually sit in one place and write something. So since waffles has threatened me quite a few times i thought ill actually sit my ass down and write this post.

Just over a month ago i took my very first trip abroad.. yes i know its sad that its such a long overdue trip but i did it.. it was to Bangalore for my best friends engagement but i simply loved the idea of going as i was going aloneee….. the feeling was just wonderful and i was excited about it from the very first day i told my parents im going.

So the lovely airline Sri Lankan airlines did my travel and accomadation. Firstly it took them a long time to actually get their act together and make my bookings and do all that.. and secondly when i had confirmed all the details and i went over to world trade centre to pay for everything, i sat in front of that girl who did all my details and waited for over an hour for her just to print out my ticket. Correct me if im wrong but if i managed to confirm everything by mail and the phone why should it take so long to print my ticket out?

Anyways after that was over in two weeks or so i was to fly out. Since it was my first time waffles gave me a full out tutorial of what i should do and where i should go and whom i should speak to at the airport. Ofcourse even after that waffles was on the phone with me guiding me through it all coz waffles knew id muck it up somehow and ruin everything and most probably end up in a completely different part of the airport.

So anyway the sri lankan airlines team at the airport was really really friendly and they were very nice. As i boarded the plane i went and sat next to a grumpy old man who hardly smiled or did anything.. but what more can you expect from indians i guess.So then when we were about to take off the stewardess did the usual safety procedure and the way she did it made it seem that she wished she can jump off the plane. She rolled her eyes the entire time and i am very sure we can find more enthusiasm on a dead turtle than this girl.

At first the flight was fine but then a whole heap of turbulance started and and then the food was carted off to us. Now i get it that its a short flight so they dont really need to give us anything to eat, but i would very much prefer if they bloody hell didnt give us anything at all than the shit they offered us. I can swear my dogs shit probably will taste better than that. We were given a muffin that was tasteless and a mango juice in a carton and also some small bun which was the size of half an eqlair. At first i was like yay a hot dog and then i opened it and it was like a liver thingy in it… i took one bite and the only thing i wanted to do was puke it out… too bad it was a plane and i couldnt open the shutter and throw it up (another joke at waffles who told me never to worry if i feel like throwing up to feel free to open the window and throw up ) 🙂

Anyways all in all the flight to and from there sucked royally, and their food was horrible. My advice to Sri Lankan is to not serve anything at all because i think you can keep your passengers very happy without any food other than giving them such terrible horrible meals like that in your god awful bright purple dishes.

Abandoned

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I went through this very depressing stage where i couldn’t find a single movie to watch.. so a friend of mine dragged me to this video store and we bought a heap of movies for a dirt cheap price. I love horror or anything based around that concept so when i saw this movie hanging up there i thought what the hell.. it looks alright…

Well let me just start off by saying its a stupid pathetic excuse for a movie.. i was so utterly bored at the script and the acting was outrageously ridiculous. First of all during the entire movie Brittany murphy had the weirdest yucky hairdo i had ever seen.. it was like she showered and forgot to wipe her hair but poured a large bucket of oil down it. So anyway i sat through the movie and the first five minutes felt like an hour because the movie dragged on for ages.. and she takes an hour to blink and even say one word..  I mean no disrespect to the girl as she did have a drug overdose sometime back and died.. but if this is the kind of movie the directors want us to remember her by then they did her a lot of injustice.

The movie is based around her taking her boyfriend to the hospital for some operation on his leg and he goes missing and bla bla bla and she keeps running around annoying every nurse and doctor looking for an imaginary patient and all this nonsense and it turns out that he played her and it was all a ransom act because she worked in a BANK!!! whatever!

All in all the movie was crap! and i cant believe i wasted my time watching it.. but then again i did fast forward the entire movie coz it was a load of garbage.

No regrets……..

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Sometimes when you really sit and think about your life, you always wonder if you have accomplished or even managed to do half the things you set out to when you made all those big plans for yourself. But the most important thing is you always wonder if you have found true love. How often do we sit alone and think of all those great things you have done with that one person who made you happy? The little gifts his given you, the surprises, the kisses when you least expect it… but mainly the comforting hug when you really need it.. to show you that his always there with you and will always be your shoulder to cry on.

But what happens when that’s gone? When it’s a constant battle to just get through the day with each other? When nothing you do is right and when you’re always reminded that you are not the perfect person for him and he needs more? What do you do?

Do you sit in a corner like I do and convince yourself that you can change for him, or do you come to terms with reality and realize that you’re just not meant to be with each other? End of the day it all comes down to one thing. Do you love each other enough to overcome your differences and move on or will you let your differences get in the way and destroy any future that you could have built together.

It’s sad when relationships, marriages, families fall apart, but I guess life is too short and there should be no room for regrets. So what do you do in situations like this? Try and work it out.. but if you know in your heart that you have given all you can into working it out, then you should just walk away. Life is too short…..

Why IIFA rocked in Style…

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Most people have been writing so many negative things in terms of the IIFA awards, that has left many people confused. I think that it comes to that point that people just believe what they hear and read and no one really knows the true story.. Lets start from the beginning. Sri Lanka won the bid to be the host country not for any political reasons.. we won it because the IIFA body (Wizcraft) themselves believed that we were the best country for the year 2010.  Im sure many of you know we were the only host country to ever pull it off in two months.. and many people obviously believed this will crash and burn but funnily enough nothing of that sort happened. The event was a success in every way shape and form.

So how did it all start? Well i think firstly the team put together from every organization to handle this event was the best of the best. They worked tirelessly for the past two months, forgetting that essential necessity every human being needs “sleep” and made sure that it wont go in vain. Yes there were lots of people who laughed at the fact that there were calls for volunteers to help out and luxury vehicles needed for the stars. But the funniest part out of this all is that we ultimately had over 400 volunteers helping out and also each star had a luxury vehicle to drive them around.

So yeah Shahrukh didnt come.. but hey.. the last IIFA awards he participated for was 5 years ago in Yorkshire.. and because he didnt turn up in Sri Lanka people are screaming bloody murder.. I mean can you blame the guy? The last time he came here he was pretty much blown into pieces, and we talk shit about him not coming down this year.

The way Sugathadasa was transformed for the awards itself was just breathtaking that i dont even have words to describe it.. The stage, set up and lighting was out of this world and theres noway any of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the team involved. The tireless dedication and the hard work itself was the reason for the tremendous success along with the business and hotel community helping out in every way possible.

Yes the MOU was leaked to the papers with a whole lot more but non of that can dampen the spirits of the people involved. The fashion show was just out of this world and so was the final awards. For everyone who wants to watch it on tv, it will be tele casted on Star and Rupavahini on the 4th of July and trust me when i tell you this.. the sets were just amazing and so was the show.

So a small word to everyone who has a lot to say about it.. there were people who still paid $10,000 for tickets just to watch the show and when you watch it on tv you will understand why they did that.

For the people who said no stars arrived and i could have sworn one of our very own had said saif ali khan didnt arrive.. well get your facts straight mister coz he was one of the A list stars that performed for the awards. So yeah we are gonna hear a month or so more of people ranting and raving about IIFA being a waste and a loss… but then again what else are we Sri Lankans good at other than pointing our fingers at others and complaining?

IIFA madness

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Whats all this huff about since of late regarding the Indian Awards?? Well for all of you who dont know whats happening in our little island, the International Indian Film Awards is coming down to Sri Lanka this June. All i can say is theres a lot of planning going into the stages of doing the events for it which spans close to 20 events in just 3 days. Some may think if we even have the man power or equipment to do this successfully. But what i have heard from my sources s that they are bringing down most of the state of the art equipments and stuff…

Whatever said and done I think its superb that this is happening in our country. We need everything we can get to let the world know that we are war free and that we are one Island with a thousand treasures. So anyway it turns out that all the stars will be present at this weekend and theres gonna be whole heaps of events.. and even the cricket match and a little birdie told me that Sharukh might be in a team..

So anyway show your support for the awards and join this facebook group and show that you support Sri Lanka for bringing it down.  So if you can do what we all did.. change your profile pic on fb to the iifa logo 🙂 yes i know its very far fetched but we did it 🙂 and NO im not a bollywood fan…. just being supportive and check this website for more updates and details.

International Indian Film Academy in Sri Lanka

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So it was confirmed today that the International Indian Film Academy Awards also known as iiFA will be held in Colombo this June. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau has won a very difficult bid against some of the most renowned countries just to host this years iiFA awards in Colombo Sri Lanka in June.

It is estimated that a total of 300 Bollywood stars will be attending this event and some Hollywood figures (wont say who) will be attending as well. The International Indian Film Academy is a first-of-its-kind effort to promote Indian Cinema globally, thus reaching out to millions of its fans.

It’s the celebration of Indian Cinema. The International Indian Film Academy.  Propelling Indian Cinema to glorious pinnacles beyond Indian shores. As global cinema rapidly emerges, a prominent place for Indian Cinema is reserved. IIFA constantly endeavours to showcase to the world the wealth of talent Indian Cinema has to offer.

Funnily enough we had to beat the favourite seoul South korea for this. I guess in a way this is going to put Sri Lanka on the map as an ideal destination to visit during the time. Lets just hope we dont have another  bunch of psychos who start some stupid group and try and stop this too.