By Paul Beck, Laura Godden

Los angeles Crosse is positioned among the Mississippi River and the picturesque bluffs of the Driftless quarter. based within the 1840s, l. a. Crosse's situation on the intersection of 3 rivers attracted marketers. Fertile farmlands, scenic coulees, and filthy rich industries enticed adventurous East Coasters and immigrants to settle within the sector. From the 1850s to early 1900s, a boomtown surroundings formed the city's tradition and fueled the development of a particular downtown--much of which is still status at the present time.

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Info: 34 Queens Road Colombo 03, Sri Lanka (In Bambalapittiya) +94 (0) 11 2501384 34 The Gallery Café Located in the late architect Geoffrey Bawa’s studio, Gallery Café is an original dining concept that fuses design and food masterfully. Chic furnishings, colorful blooms, serene water fixtures, and private patios are just a few of the elements that comprise the Gallery Café’s elegant and eclectic space. You will think you just walked into an upscale New York City eatery the second you enter the foyer.

The works featured in the art gallery are made by talented up-and-comers and include paintings, photographs, pottery, sculptures and more. Gallery Café been featured in a variety of travel and dining publications. Besides being (very) easy on the eyes, the restaurant’s menu is superb. Gallery Café is famous for its ambiance, cocktails, and sinfully delicious chocolate desserts. Make reservations well in advance to ensure you don’t miss this Paradise Road gem. Did we mention that this is the ideal place for a romantic dinner for two?

The city is small, but is a great way for travelers to get acquainted with Sri Lankan culture. I had the pleasure of staying at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel (previously known as the TransAsia Hotel), and I can attest to its modern, elegant décor and thoughtful staff. Restaurants in Colombo proved to be diverse and delicious. Expatriated restaurateurs have helped revamp the dining scene, and prices seem to be fair across the board. Unlike restaurants, finding worthwhile nightlife venues proved to be a bit more challenging.

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