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An Early Morning at the Fish Market

SRI LANKA | Sunday, 1 Nov 2015 | Views [976]

Our final adventure in Colombo required a very early morning – I set my alarm for 4:50am, if I recall correctly. We left before dawn, headed towards Negombo, about an hour north of the capital. Bleary eyed, we arrived at the town’... Read more >

Tags: colombo, fish, fish market, fishing, market, negombo, sri lanka

Arriving in the Big City

SRI LANKA | Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | Views [763]

The final few days of our trip were spent in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. In moving around the city, Asanga mentioned several times how much faster and more convenient it was to travel. During the decades-long civil war, Colombo was riddled ... Read more >

Tags: colombo, culinary travel, food, hill country, ministry of crab, old dutch hospital, sri lanka, world nomads, world travel

In Search of Rubies and Sprats

SRI LANKA | Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | Views [863]

After our somewhat cloak-and-dagger glimpse into the tea world, it was time to leave Hill Country and head south, to where it’s truly hot. All that time in the mountains I’d thought it was scorching, but I was actually just lukewarm in comparison ... Read more >

Tags: culinary travel, food, gem mine, gems, hill country, mining, ratnapura, sri lanka, world nomads, world travel

Tea-Induced Time Travel

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | Views [797]

When I sat down to write this, I had a cup of tea next to me. When I sat down to finish it, I had another cup of tea. A third cup will keep me company as I edit the photos. Tea is my ritual, my companion, my main source of caffeine. For some reason, ... Read more >

Tags: culinary travel, food, hill country, sri lanka, tea, tea factory, world nomads, world travel

A Tamil Lunch

SRI LANKA | Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | Views [968]

“They’re called Italy.” “Excuse me?” “They’re called Italy.” “I’m sorry….what?” “ Idli . I-D-L-I.” “Oooooooh…..” Such was the conversation ... Read more >

Tags: culinary travel, food, hill country, south indian food, sri lanka, tamil, tea, vegetarian, world nomads, world travel

Where To Get a Great View + Killer Snacks

SRI LANKA | Friday, 11 Sep 2015 | Views [562]

Our epic, 7-hour train journey from Kandy to Bandarawela took us high into the mountains. I was now in tea. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. As we pulled in, green mountains dominated the view, and a sign on the outskirts of town welcomed us to “... Read more >

Tags: #feastsl, culinary travel, food, hill country, liptons seat, sri lanka, tea, tea picking, world nomads, world travel

The Tea Train

SRI LANKA | Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | Views [996]

When a particular country is mentioned, my mind usually thinks of its landscapes. Someone says Bolivia, and I think of salt flats. For Iceland, it’s those mighty waterfalls. Italy is a neatly-laid vineyard. The words ‘Sri Lanka’ have ... Read more >

Tags: culinary travel, food, hill country, hill country, sri lanka, tea, tea country, train, world nomads, world travel

Unmarried in Kandy (and Other Stories)

SRI LANKA | Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | Views [862]

Our last few days in Kandy were a flurry of pineapples and processions. One evening, a local family – Kolitha, Deepthi, Chamodi, and Dilumi – hosted me for a cooking lesson and dinner. Their home sat next to a flooded rice paddie, ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, culinary travel, food, hill country, monks, sri lanka, temple, temple of the tooth, world nomads, world travel

Taking Breakfast to the Monks

SRI LANKA | Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | Views [1001]

One morning in Kandy, we woke up very early – so early, the city’s many stray dogs were still sleeping, and the roads were not yet crowded with tuk tuks. We climbed into the van, and held on carefully to the containers of well-wrapped dishes ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, culinary travel, food, hill country, holy, monks, sri lanka, temple, world nomads, world travel

Making Sweets. SO MANY SWEETS.

SRI LANKA | Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | Views [1137]

Learning to cook from people is one of the greatest privileges I know. Watching experienced hands take ingredients and transform them into dishes is something I’ll never tire of, and more often than not, my cooking teachers and I haven’t ... Read more >

Tags: coconut, cooking lesson, dessert, hill country, passport and plate, sri lanka, sweets, traditional food, world nomads

Where My Favourite Foods Grow

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | Views [943]

In today’s world, we’re all very accustomed to eating foods that don’t grow where we live. Though I eat as locally as possible, I regularly use olive oil, throw cashews into my salads, and love coconut milk. I also eat chocolate…... Read more >

Tags: cooking, hill country, passport and plate, spice gardens, spices, sri lanka, tour, world nomads

A Big, Colourful Kandy Market

SRI LANKA | Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | Views [770]

After several hours on the road, we finally arrived in Kandy, a city with Bogambara Lake at its centre. The lake was constructed by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha in the 19th century, with a square island that apparently used to be the king’... Read more >

Tags: botanical gardens, culinary travel, farmers market, food, hill country, market, sri lanka, world nomads, world travel

Welcome to Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA | Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | Views [681] | Comments [1]

When I grew up, my Grandmum sometimes talked about her time in Ceylon. She’d worked there as a nurse with the World Health Organization in the 1950’s, and also spent years in India, Indonesia, and Iran. As a child, I listened to her ... Read more >

Tags: culinary travel, food, hill country, kandy, sri lanka

Photos: Passport & Plate - "Tuscan" Besan Laddu

INDIA | Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter or ghee 2 cups chickpea flour (also called gram, besan, or chana flour) ½ teaspoon ground cardamom ½ cup shelled salted pistachios, roughly chopped 1 cup powdered sugar   How to prepare this recipe Line a 9x9-... Read more >
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Tags: 2015 passport & plate: sri lanka

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