In the early 1930’s, my great grandfather Nils Nilsen (the guy in the white by the horse cart) opened a family bakery in Svelvik, a little town by a fjord around 60 kilometers south of Oslo in Norway. Nils passed away not too long after, in 1936, but his wife “Besta” (or, “Gran”) ran the bakery until her passing in 1967 with good help from her children and other family members. Growing up, I remember hearing fond stories from my own grandfather of working in the bakery as a young boy. Whether this subconsciously made me interested in baking is hard to say, but regardless, it feels good from time to time to imagine that I am grabbing on to some sort of genealogically passed down trade.
After working in tech for several years, I came upon a chance to open a little café in the small surf town of Arugam Bay, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. It’s called Bites Arugam Bay, and it’s in the center of town. Baking used to be a relaxing hobby for me, but soon we became busy and I decided to turn it into more of a business and leave tech behind. Just a few days ago we opened a second outlet in Colombo, where we are bringing in some of the same sweets and ideas that we have in Arugam Bay, but also shifting the focus a bit to cater to the busier crowd of this bustling city.
We hope to see you in our little shop, and hope we are bringing in something that you like!
If you see me there, please reach out so we can have a chat.