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Ballroom and Latin American dancers from twenty countries across Asia and Europe will be competing in the dance competition Dancesport 2012. It's hosted by Footwork Events, and this is the seventeenth or nineteenth year in which it's being held - it says seventeen on the poster and nineteen on the website. Perhaps they mean eighteen.
Sugarland is a tiny little bakery in Havelock Town, located behind The Souq. They sell some very nice cupcakes. These don't come in many flavours - mainly just vanilla and chocolate - but they're all quite good. Simple and sweet, and with some pretty toppings.
The Lover is a hugely popular local shop, selling an abundance of plastic and shiny jewelled goods. Earrings, bracelets, rings, phone bling, handbags, shoes...you name it. And they have over 50 branches across the country. Unlike Srina Palace which is a bright tangle of hair product, gems and jewellery, the Lover is often more orderly and better laid out.
CR&FC is one Colombo's Oktoberfest venues, hosting five glorious days of schmoozing and schnitzel starting October 17th. Go along and eat, talk and drink beer to your hearts content - it looks like it'll be pretty fun.
We like these beachside soirees, where the night spills over into the dawn and the party only slumbers after greeting the sunrise. LunaSea in particular should be a good, and it's likely to have a decent crowd - ie. not too many dodgy buth-bundied randoms. The party scene has softened to something of a hum lately - as is generally the case with the months between Summer and Christmas - but this should be just the thing to loudly herald in early anticipations of December and all the fun boozy festivities it brings.
Sen Saal is another one of Colombo's quick eat places. LikeFab, they serve short eats, cakes, dessert and lamprais. Sen Saal is also a good example of the Sri Lankan love of making things more difficult than they need to be - ordering and paying is a complicated, painful process here.
Shanmugas is one of the older and more reputed vegetarian Indian restaurants. They're definitely pricier than most places but the food is very good and the service is excellent.
The Tree of Art, an almost unnoticeable little store selling a random collection of Barefoot/Paradise Road type items - ie. incense holders, candles, boxes, brass pots, etc. It's a sweet place with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff.
Juiceez is pretty good. The staff are quite sweet and obliging, and their fruit is fresh and generally high quality. The menu when compared to Roots, however, is limited. They just do juices, straight up. No mixes, smoothies or health drinks.
This Friday features experimental and improvised music at the Big Ears music series at Musicmatters
Suki's Wok is one of the oldies when it comes to Chinese eateries in Colombo. Nowadays they're mostly into delivery, so we tried it, and they're okay.
So is Lil' Orbits anything to get excited about? Well, it's alright, nothing too special but not bad. They're basically a little stall that sells American fairground food; doughnuts (spelled 'donuts'), nachos, waffle dogs, corn dogs and milkshakes (called Orbie Frosties).
The National Art Gallery essentially consists of two long, rectangular halls - one containing the gallery's permanent collection and the other displaying temporary exhibitions by Sri Lankan artists. It's an interesting place with some very interesting works, but it's not really what you'd expect from a national gallery.
Sits has been our favourite cake baker for a while. Her chocolate and red velvet cupcakes are some of the best in town.