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PALMSTONE RETREAT - KITHULGALA

March 2, 2018, 10:54 a.m.











Hi Guys!

My palmstone retreat review is finally up and I received a lot of inquirers specifically about the waterfall. This hotel review was a paid collaboration with palmstone retreat. Getting to the hotel was quite tricky as the roads are super rocky and narrow. I have to mention that before any of you curse me on your way up to the hotel. I highly recommend that you travel during the day time as it might be quite difficult in the night because it's pretty much in the middle of a jungle. They also offer other activities like white water rafting, rock sliding, bird watching, hiking and so many more fun activities! I'll add their website below so you guys can check out everything Palmstone has to offer their guests.

http://palmstoneretreat.com/en/home 

As we arrived we were taken to the Araliya suite which has it's own sauna and jacuzzi. I highly recommend you to stay in this villa if you're heading to palmstone for two nights as you have your own privacy. My favorite part was that there was a waterfall right outside out room which Nayan and I walked to and spent our Sunday morning hopping from rock to rock. The main waterfall that you all inquired about is quite far from the hotel. It's about a 25-30 minute trek uphill which is a little tiering but totally worth it! I think heading to the waterfall early morning is the best time for a trek as Nayan and I went early afternoon and it was just a little too warm. there is a guide assigned from the hotel who takes you whenever you prefer to visit and he is super friendly! 

The rooms are facilitated with everything from a blowdryer to an ironing board, different types of teas and other basic room amenities. The bed is super comfortable which you guys would have seen on my stories. The room in which we stayed is was very spacious with a seating area as well. Another one of my favorite parts was that they had a selection of movies and tv series which you order. I hurt my foot on the first day so Nayan and I decided to have dinner in the room and we ordered ourselves a dvd as well. 

A few of you asked me if I had signals on my phone and I didn't have any signals pretty much the whole time I was there. However, they do have wifi in every room and the restaurant as well. I think it's also good to get away and have a relaxing weekend. It works both ways but Nayan and I kept picturing ourselves in a horror movie running through the jungle and not having any signals to call anyone for help. The food was also pleasantly surprising as it was better than I expected it to be.I wouldn't say it's the best nasi, or best soup I've had but it was quite good. I also have to mention that the staff is super friendly and welcoming which makes you feel at home. The hotel was fully booked the weekend we visited and we got to know a few foreigners who had specifically come to palmstone retreat to visit the waterfall. 


If I had to rate my stay at Palmstone retreat it would be a 7/10 which is pretty good. It was fun to do something different with Nayan as oppose to our usual hotel visits. This time we were able to be a little adventurous with trekking and sitting at the edge of waterfalls together. I hope you guys enjoyed another one of our videos. If there are any questions you have about our stay at Palmstone retreat leave your comment down below and I will answer them tonight.


Love,

Plate


AGRA COLOMBO

Feb. 19, 2018, 5:12 a.m.




Good morning guys!


Last night I had a paid collaboration with Agra Colombo to review some of their dishes. I had been to Agra a few times before because I absolutely love the ambience at this restaurant. I think it's one of the nicest Indian restaurants in Colombo. Every night they have live music which adds to the perfect dinning experience at Agra. If you want the inside couch seating area, make sure to make a reservation before as those get reserved quite fast. We were pleased that the owner and his wife came to greet us and welcome the two of us to their restaurant. He mentioned that he had selected a few dishes himself for us to review. We were served two mocktails, wine, an assortment of their most popular appetizers, naan, curries, biriyani and dessert. I had been craving Indian food for the longest time as it's one of my favorite cuisines, so I was super excited for this review!


Mocktails - We were served the pink Agra (Rs.450) and the Agra surprise (rs.450) from their mocktail menu. I have to say that they have one of the best beverage menus at a restaurant. It goes from cocktails, to mocktails, fresh juices, tea, coffee, beer, wine and other drinks like lassi etc. The pink Agra is fresh orange, chopped pineapple with grenadine, topped with a slice of orange. This taste like a bubbly fresh orange juice which was really nice. The Agra surprise is lemonade, lime, grenadine, garnished with a cherry and it is definitely a sweet drink that you could have alongside spicy Indian food. They also served me a glass of white wine to go with my main course which I was very pleased about if you ask me. 


Appetizers - We were served four of their most popular starters from the menu. The Hara bhara fingers (rs.875) are pan fried vegetables with spinach & cottage cheese. It may not look as appetizing as the others but I think even non vegetarians would love this. It was definitely one of the best things I ate last night at Agra. Tandoori prawns (rs.1475) are marinated in exotic Indian spices which are then grilled in tandoor. I don't think theres much to say about tandoori prawns, the name it self is mouth watering. If you saw clips of my review on my stories you probably would have seen how fast Nayan and I finished these starers 10/10! Lasooni prawns (rs.1475)are garlic flavored fresh prawns that are also grilled in tandoor. Since this isn't something I had tried before I liked this a little more than the tandoori prawns because the flavors were so fresh. However, both prawns were absolutely delicious! The last thing that we had was the mutton Imli boti (rs.1675) this is a preparation of boneless mutton chunks flavored with tamarind. As you guys may know I am pescatarian so I could not eat any meat from this review. Nayan was in charge of tasting all the meat options and he gave big thumbs up for the imli boti mutton. The appetizers also comes with two dips, my favorite was the chutney dip.


naan - We were severed plain naan and butter naan to go along with the three curries. Whenever I go out for Indian food I always order butter naan. It's my go to order at any Indian restaurant and even though I don't eat meat I get the chicken tikka masala or the prawn tikka masala because I'm obsessed with that gravy. The naan was pretty good as well that I ordered some separately to bring back home. 


Curries - Chicken makhani (rs.1075) was my favorite out of the curries as it was the most similar to what I usually like to order. This is the universally popular "butter chicken" cooked in a creamy tomato gravy. Definite thumbs up from me and it went perfectly with the naan and the rice as well. Yellow dhal tadka (rs.675) this is yellow lentils tempered with spices that goes well with any other curry and naan. You have to order a dhal with a curry and naan at an Indian restaurant because it's just so good! The last curry that we were served was the mutton kadhai if I'm not mistaken (rs.1575) I did try the gravy out for you guys even though I never ate mutton and I have to say I really enjoyed the gravy. Although, I still prefer my butter chicken or prawn tikka masala more. 


Biriyani - For the rice option we were served the chicken dum biriyani (rs.975) which is fresh chicken pieces cooked with basmati rice. I think it's a reasonable price for a biryani as it could be easily shared by two depending on your appetite. The biryani went perfectly with the curries but I do have to mention that it does not come with an egg. I know many people who like a boiled egg with their biriyani but this did not come with one. It was still good though and I am sure you can request for one. 


Dessert - I have never tried a gulab jamun (Rs.525) properly so last night was the first time I tasted one. For those of you who are not familiar with it, a gulab jamun is a dumpling of reduced milk with cardamom, served warm in rose flavored syrup. It's a very famous Indian dessert that is loved by many. We were also served one of their famous ice creams, khesari kulfi (rs.900) which is kulfi with saffron. Nayan really loved this ice cream and he even spoke about it on our way home.


I hope you guys enjoyed another one of my reviews. Thank you for all the Valentines day wishes on instagram, you guys are the best! Make sure to visit Agra for dinner if you want to catch the live music as well. This is the next place on my list to take my dad out for dinner. I know he will really enjoy the atmosphere and food. For those of you who don't know theres a bar adjoining the restaurant, so you can head over to Manchester after dinning at Agra. Thank you for reading another one of my reviews, I hope you guys have a wonderful week ahead.


Love,

Plate


CURVE - VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL

Feb. 12, 2018, 6:57 a.m.




Hello Guys,

Valentine's Day is just two days away and if you still haven't made plans with your partner, family or friends this is the perfect place for you! The Curve has special Valentine's Day cocktails lined up for you on the 14th along with delicious snacks to chose from their tapas menu. The ambience can cater to any type of outing whether you're heading out on a date night or a night out with your family or friends I think the atmosphere can adopt to any type of occasion. We were served four of their Valentine's Day specials along with two dishes from their tapas menu. Starting from top to bottom...

Love Buzz - This was a martini with vodka, cream de cacao, raspberry puree and espresso (rs.920) This was similar to a drink I had in my previous review. What I liked about this cocktail was that the espresso flavor wasn't overpowering. Sometimes similar drinks can taste like a strong coffee, mixed with vodka that was left out in the cold over night. This was tastefully made with just the right amount of of everything. 

Tequila Sparkling - This beauty was a tall glass of tequila, sparkling wine, lime juice and sugar syrup (rs.1200) Even though this drink is slightly pricey compared to most cocktails, I think one would just do the trick. The tequila is quite strong in this one so sipping on one would be more than enough. Out of the four cocktails this was the perfect one to beat the heat as well, as it was light and bubbly too. 

Crush - The crush comes with peach snaps, triple sec, chop apple, orange zest, pineapple juice and red wine (rs.875). This reminded me of a punch with all the chopped apples on the bottom, it definitely is a very fruity drink. If you're in to sweet cocktails the crush at curve is perfect for you!

Sweet Affair - The sweet affair is a combination of rum, sweet vermouth, pomegranate syrup and tea extract (rs.875). I have to say all these cocktails are such interesting blends of different ingredients which all work together so perfectly. This is definitely a drink that any one can enjoy which can cater to everyones preferences. 

Tapas - The smoked salmon with the cream cheese capers (Rs.850) was absolutely mouth watering! I became a smoked salmon fan a few years ago and if it's on a menu it's something I definitely have to try. The dish at curve did not disappoint me one bit and we all really enjoyed it. The next thing that we got was the lightly breaded chicken strips (rs.650) which comes with a chili and mayonnaise dip and Nayan and my sister really like this one as well, I had to remind Nayan to slow down a bit with the strips. Sadly, I could not try it but it looked so good! 


SPECIAL OFFER - Currently there's a deal going on for Valentine's Day, buy 2 cocktails get 1 tapas free! I think this is a fantastic deal where you can get snacks for free at curve. Definitely try out the smoked salmon or the chicken strips and make sure you don't forget about this special deal when you head over to curve on the 14th!


I hope you guys enjoyed another one of my reviews. It's amazing that most of you have the similar taste as me and I love that you guys let me know which dish/drink you ordered after reading one of my reviews. I hope you guys have a lovely Valentine's Day. I personally have never celebrated it but if it includes an awesome deal with cocktails and tapas why not?!;) I'll speak to all of you very soon.


Love,

Plate