Patu and Tara’s wedding

We’re so happy we got to experience the beautiful wedding of Patu and Tara. We got invited months ago, back up in Arugam Bay. Me, Petter, Cailin, Patu, Thili, Sithum and Pathum hang out almost everyday. We packed us all up in the jeep and went for surf adventures. Patu is as good as any professional game ranger on spotting wild animals while sitting in the car. Coming back we drank Tile’s dangerous good cocktails and ate Sithums awesome food at the Seahorse Inn where we stayed for 1,5 months. It felt like a little family.

You’re all invited to mine and Tara’s wedding in February, back on the south coast, Patu said. I remember I thought it felt like ages till it was time. But suddenly i stod there in a sari. Petter asked our local friend what to wear and he said a sarong and shirt. So Petter and his dad dressed up in sarongs, so did all the male relatives of the swiss bride Tara. The funny thing is that all of the Sri Lankan men at the wedding were dressed up in suits..

The wedding took place on a beautiful beach. Just as the sun set behind Tara and Patu they said I do and kissed each other. The ceremony followed by a huge rice and curry buffet, drinks, music and fire dancers. It was a beautiful wedding. The bride and bridegroom now lives in Switzerland, and we really miss them on the island. Thank you for the amazing wedding party!

rocket burgers – galle fort

Rocket Burgers in Galle Fort got the best burgers on the island. It’s a small shack and not really a cosy environment, the best table is on the balcony but it’s too hot to eat there during the day. BUT their burgers make up for it.

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Petter goes for the Gringo or the Lighthouse if he’s really hungry. I go for the veggie burger or the fish burger. Can recommend them both. Their fries are the best!! I miss a good milkeshake to make it top notch… But their homemade ice teas are quite good.

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We come here quite often. If we’re surfing in the area, got some errands in town or when the need for a burger just is too big! This day we went with our new friends Brooke and her brother Thomas.

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We took a stroll in the fort.

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Before we headed to the obligatory sundowner at Wijaya Beach. Mojitos and a dip to wash away the city dust. Perfect ending.

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Palm sugar sour

Gin, oh ho much I love this spirit.. A Gin and Tonic on the courtyard in our villa is a classic after a good day in the sun. And this day Linn brought fresh picked free grown lime from the jungle in Udawalawe national park. So we just had to have GT’s, but the tonic was out! Decided to mix up a gin-sour in the blender. Soo good! Why don’t we do this more often.. In case you’d like to try and make this cocktail we I put the recipe below.

Palm sugar gin sour

(The recipe is for three cocktails)

  • 12cl Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Lime juice from 10 small sweet limes
  • Lime zest from about 3-4 wild picked lime from Uda Walawe
  • 5cl Sri Lankan Kithul Trickle
  • 5cl Balinese Palm sugarsyrup
  • Ice
  • A blender

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#1 – About 4cl of Bombay Sapphire Gin per glass

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#2 – palm sugar from bali – boil 50% sugar 50% water until you have a suger syrup, let it cool down

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#3 – zest some lime lime & squeeze some juice from about 10 small limes

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#4 – a good dash of kithul trickle to add some sri lankan sweetnes, can use more suger syrup or a dash of honey instead

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#5 – put all the ingredients in the blender with with ice on full speed till it’s a frozen mix

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#6 – garnish with a slice of lime and some lime zest. BAM!

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