Waking up on my first day in Colombo it felt so good to be back in Sri Lanka. This is a particularly exciting trip since it’s my first organised culinary tour with World Expeditions. They’ve already planned another for October / November this year.
Day 1 we travelled to Pettah Market, it’s the busiest and most hectic street market in Colombo. You can buy pretty much anything here and if it’s your first time to Sri Lanka you can’t miss it.
Pettah is brimming with things for sale – bundles of clothing, electronics, souvenirs and my favourite – fresh, local food. This tour is about showing MY Sri Lanka, the real Sri Lanka, and so much of this country’s identity comes from its tastebuds.
Everyone was amazed at the colour and the vibrancy. They loved the sounds, smells and friendly nature of the Sri Lankan locals.
It was a very big morning and by the end everyone was excited, exhausted and looking forward to a shower, relaxing lunch and getting over a bit of culture shock.
After well-earned showers we all enjoyed lunch together at the Taj Indian Restaurant.
For dinner I wanted to introduce my guests to some real Sri Lankan food, here’s what we had: Prawn Curry, Black Pork Curry, Chicken Curry, Snake Gourd, Crab, potatoes, Maakarel, Pittu, String Hoppers, Egg Hoppers, 10 condiments, Bitter Gourd, Ambarella Juice, sweet potato, wood apple cream, buffalo curd, kithul panni, kawung, 11 varieties of banana and much more.
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It was a big and exciting first day for everyone, myself included. It is such an honour to be able to show my Sri Lanka to my new friends on the tour, and you everyone reading this through the internet and social media.