sri lanka

I've been blogging for Taste magazine over at about my trip to Sri Lanka, and the latest post features 10 delicious food highlights of my two weeks there. I was back in Auckland for two days before jumping on a plane to Sydney, and I've done some pretty good eating here too. More about that soon. In the meantime, as I get ready to fly home, head over to Taste's beautiful new website and have a read. Spoiler alert: tropical fruit, curry, and coconut water fresh from the source. Enjoy!   

// Posted by Delaney at 4:47 PM // Labels: Travel, sri lanka

It's 30C in Colombo right now, but I'm safely sitting in air-conditioned bliss in my 3-bedroom apartment at the Hilton Residences, right in the centre of the city. This morning was when the action kicked off, with the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge global final media briefing. More about that shortly. 

There are two teams from New Zealand competing, and one of the four judges is Simon Gault, also a kiwi. All of us from New Zealand flew over together, leaving Auckland on Friday morning. Here's a video with a bit more from our trip. There were some excess baggage issues (and a hefty bill!) given that all competing teams from around the world have to bring their own crockery, table settings, tea cups, martini glasses, and a whole heap of local produce. We got on to our flight with the sun streaming in, and I made it to Singapore thanks to a medicinal brandy and dry, a window seat, an obligatory Singapore Sling, and most of Lena Dunham's book. I got through the flight no thanks to the lady beside me who nestled in under my armpit. There must have been sleeping pills involved. 

// Posted by Delaney at 10:50 PM // Labels: sri lanka, Travel

In exciting tea-related travel news this week, I'm off to Sri Lanka next Friday to cover the Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge global final. 20 teams from around the globe are descending on Colombo, Sri Lanka. to perform their best in front of four judges. Dilmah is all about bringing life back to High Tea, and getting some of the best chef's from around the world to inspire those of us at home. They'll be infusing their food with tea, brewing food-matched teas, and there'll be a few tea-fuelled cocktails for good measure. 

Merrill J. Fernando, Dilmah's founder, was recently named as one of the 2015 Oslo Business for Peace Honourees by the Award Committee of Nobel Laureates in Peace and Economics (more about that here). He has his own charitable foundation, and many conservation initiatives, and I'm really excited to learn more about them, as well as what makes the perfect cup.  

// Posted by Delaney at 4:39 PM // Labels: Travel, sri lanka