07 Feb 2012
Green, black, ripe, raw, whole or as an oil, the health benefits of olives in all their forms are extensive.
According to the International Olive Council, “The olive fruit is a drupe. It has a bitter component (oleuropein), a low...
04 Feb 2012
In preparation for Moulid al-Nabi, the holiday that celebrates the birth of the Prophet Mohamed, bakeries in Cairo began selling special sweets weeks ahead of time.
Last year’s holiday landed on 15 February, just days after Hosni...
03 Feb 2012
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,...
21 Jan 2012
Sequoia restaurant in Zamalek has decided to put the area between the entrance and the restaurant to good use and their new restaurant, Left Bank, opens on Sunday, 22 January. Advertised as the first retro bistro and bakery to foster a...
12 Jan 2012
Free Friday afternoon? Had a rough Thursday night? For a little change of pace, head to Amici for its 1–4 pm brunch. The tiny Zamalek bar has decided to venture into the daylight with Friday brunch, an idea being implemented by the...
11 Jan 2012
On the quiet road of Mar’ashly in Zamalek, a new restaurant for Egyptian food opens its doors for those looking for a warm home cooked meal. Unfortunately, Bram fails to deliver the most basic rules of Egyptian cooking.
08 Jan 2012
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...
03 Jan 2012
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...
30 Dec 2011
When you look back at 2011, you may not think of food —beyond KFC’s revolutionary debut in February, food for Tahrir folk has ranged from koshary to batata (yam) and only recently cotton candy. But of the few restaurants that...
25 Dec 2011
Add a personal touch to your Christmas Eve party by making and taking your own little cookies. Alcoholic filling optional!
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla...