A little less mobile these days

June 2011 will forever be remembered by me as the month when I became a little less mobile. For 2 years my treasured and much loved 15″ MacBook Pro had been giving me sterling service as my main machine – quite simply the fastest, most well built and down right useful computer I have owned. The time had come for a change, and due to working in London and spending 2 hours on the train a day and an hour walking my trusty companion had to go, it was just too heavy. I tried to put off the inevitable by purchasing a rucksack style bag which helped, but as the weather warmed up – the chore of carrying the laptop to London and back every day just got too much – before I knew it my aluminium powder coated workhorse was on eBay and gone, and its replacement arrived, a 21″ iMac 2011 model.

Some might think it an odd move to switch to a desktop machine from a laptop that was used almost 100% away from home since it was purchased – but I thought this was a logical move. I knew a few things; my new machine had to be a Mac, it had to have a lot of storage (the 500GB drive in my MBP had been nearly full for a year now!), and it had to include the latest generation of intel processors (I wanted to be future proof). The new 2011 iMac had received excellent reviews from all the sites I usually read so I was in no doubt – this would be the machine for me. It arrived covered in brown cardboard and hope – all the way the Amazon depot, and I don’t regret it at all. It is blisteringly quick, and even faster soon when my 16GB RAM order arrives from Crucial – and it does everything I needed it to do without even breaking a sweat.

I do miss my laptop, and the iMac isn’t a replacement for it – it was never really meant to be. It is a great machine (and I will post a review of it when I can get the kids away from it long enough to use the thing) but I still need something portable for taking with me to meetings etc. I knew I wanted to get a MacBook Air 11″ but the storage options were too limited for me to use it as a primary machine. So here I am, loving the iMac, but feeling a lot less mobile these days – so Apple, do me a favour? Bring the new MacBook Air out on Wednesday so I can get mobile again. Getting by with my iPhone 4 just isn’t the same!

The best street food I ate in Sri Lanka

No journey in Sri Lanka is complete without tasting some of the best local delights and foods that this country has to offer. Instead of just writing a normal article about Sri Lanka food and local delights and rattle of some of the street restaurants and their local foodsand some of the favourites – some of the best our local culinary skills has to offer. Here are the best street food I ate in Sri Lanka.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice is one of the popular dishes in Sri Lanka. The rich flavour of the rice comes from the grains that have been pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is steamed until it is just cooked with a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. It is usually accompanied with a chilli sauce made up of chillies, chicken broth, garlic and ginger.

Satay Satay

This food is a small bite-sized piece of the chicken, beef and mutton steeped in the sweet piquant preserve. The chunky pieces of mouth watering meat are skewered on giant toothpicks and fanned over a large flame. Side dishes which include the cut cucumbers, rice dumplings, onions and the peanut sauce.

Roti Prata

This type of the dish is like the fried croissant or the pancake, originating from South India. The pancake is being fried on the hot, oily griddle when it is cooked, and marked with brown spots, then served with curry gravy. Prata is a popular choice for breakfast and supper.

Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab is an unofficial “national dish” and a favourite at seafood restaurants. It has a sauce that is drawn from the strengths of great chillies, the freshest eggs, tomatoes and other hers and ingredients. It can be eaten on its own, scooping great dollops of chilli or soaked in bread for a spicy serving.

Exotic Food Served Just Right

The exotic meal served in Sri Lanka comprises dishes like Risotto Al Funghi Porcini that is Arborio rice cooked in porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese and white wine. This one is covered in cheesy base and can be enjoyed anytime you come here for a hearty meal.

However, if you need to try something different, search for an Angel Hair Pasta in the Italian Chilli Sauce which is served hot. Again, Tagliatelle al Tartufo which is the smooth homemade pasta by the truffle cream sauce which combines scallops and prawns.

Laksa Laksa

Laksa Laksa is an exciting concoction of noodles made from flour in a curry like gravy made of spices, herbs, dried shrimp, coconut milk and chilli. It is served with slices of fishcakes, prawns and cockles. What start as the spicy peanut that is based gravy evolved into today’s version, combination of Chinese, Malay and mostly Peranakan influences.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a breakfast concoction of the Peranakan and some say are the threshold of the Sri Lanka. Coconut rice being served by anchovies, fresh fried frish, egg and special sambal plus cucumber combo, it is the signature kampong dish which you cannot miss.

So there is a list of some of the best and greatest food that we can offer. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more you can eat and choose from. Just walk along the local streets and pop into anyone of the coffee shops you find – you will be sure to find a local savoury hit!