John Harris

Contributor. John has lived in the United States, India, Lebanon, England, and Scotland and has called Cairo home since 2005. He lives in Zamalek with his wife and three kids. John serves as a writer, development consultant, and father to rambunctious kids. He writes about food and travel for Al-Masry Al-Youm English Edition.

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Over the years, this column has gone to great lengths to disparage the dining offerings available on Cairo’s suburban fringe. At the same time, I’ve resolutely asserted the dynamic interestingness available within the city’s...
For one of Cairo’s more cosmopolitan corners, Maadi’s dining options have always seemed a bit banal. There’s plenty of fast food, some decent coffee shops and a few well established favorites that are rarely compelled to innovate....
This may be the simplest review I have ever been asked to complete. My experience with this place is unilaterally positive, and how many places in Cairo can you say this about? I only ordered a single item off the menu. Any food I consumed on the...
Who says that repetition must be bad? Andy Warhol painted Marilyn Monroe endlessly, innovating constantly around the theme. It never got stale. My Marilyn Monroe — the inspiration to which I continuously return — is the indigenous food...
I thought my understanding of geography was perfect. My map tells me that there’s a line dividing Sudan from Ethiopia, which then splits as it nears the Red Sea to form Eritrea. On my map, the transitions are sensible, immediate, logical....
What springs to mind when you think of Cairo? The gentility of Zamalek? The  bustle of downtown? The mercantile rush of Mohandiseen? The laid-back charm of Cairo’s original suburbs, Maadi and Heliopolis? If so, at least in terms of where...
I once had a literature professor who claimed never to read books written any time after the era of Jane Austen. “But aren’t you missing out?” I queried. “What about all the wonderful books that have been written since Austen...
Traveling through Bangkok many years ago, I learned firsthand how little resemblance the food served at elegant Thai restaurants bears to the local food found on Thailand's streets. Setting off from our hotel in the tourist-ridden capital, my...
Nile Street in Giza between the Four Seasons and Gold’s Gym is one of Cairo’s most prolific dining destinations. Along this regrettably traffic-clogged riverside boulevard, you pass a myriad of dining options, including the restaurants...
I thought that Tarek Sherif’s Badaboum was the only conglomerate of upper-tier dining establishments in town. Recently walking into Zo, a newly opened Asian restaurant in Zamalek, I was surprised to discover the existence of another, calling...