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Bite Me Cairo: Smooth sailing

  /  June 17, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

What I learned from my successive visits though, was that what La Vela does best is prepare down-home Italian fare.

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Bite Me Cairo: Sister Act

  /  June 6, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

The menu is as simple, clean and carefully thought out as everything else at Sasho Bistro. Beyond the endlessly satisfying salmon fried egg, there are all the usual egg dishes made to order. There is also melted cheese toast, an omelet wrap, white cheese and tomato, labneh with olive oil, and fuul any way you like it.

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Bite Me Cairo: Gifted Chefs

  /  May 27, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

David Blanks served on the judges’ panel of the second chef competition in Cairo

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Bite Me Cairo: Once upon a time

  /  May 20, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

Since then I have visited this sleek lounge/restaurant a half dozen times (and paid my bills, thank you), I have my answers, and I am ready to write.

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Bite Me Cairo: And so it goes

  /  May 13, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  4 Comments

Consistency is always the issue, and while some restaurants have reached new heights, others continue to fight the downhill slide into mediocrity

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Bite Me Cairo: Master Chef Egypt

  /  May 6, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

If your friends and family keep telling you that you ought to open your own restaurant, here is a chance to test your mettle.

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Bite Me Cairo: Donburi

  /  January 9, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

In Japan donburi means bowl or rice bowl dish and in Cairo Donburi is a new Japanese restaurant at City Stars. The creation of Japanophile Mido Barsoum, it brings authentic Japanese street food to Egypt for the first time.

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Bite Me Cairo: Europe By The Sea

  /  January 7, 2013  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

It was time to take a break from Egypt, so her royal self and I decided a week in El Gouna was in order. This orange and white holiday village on the Red Sea, just read the rest…

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Bite Me Cairo: The Raw and the Cooked

  /  December 19, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

David Blanks shares his insights on raw and cooked meat

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Bites Fil Beit: Bisara – Black bean paste

  /  December 19, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

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Bite Me Cairo: Reel Relationships

  /  December 12, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

What if you are a foodie and your partner is not?

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Bite Me Cairo: A passion for India

  /  December 5, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

If you desire a sampling of all things authentically Indian, Begum does a noon brunch on Fridays that features street foods from across the continent including what is known as “Desi Chinese,” an Indian version of Chinese that every local cook masters.

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Bite Me Cairo: Our Daily Bread

  /  November 28, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Food, far from being a trivial subject, is often at the centre of historical change

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Bite Me Cairo: Of Mice and Men

  /  November 21, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

If you’ve been following my column these past few weeks you’ll know that this is something that has been on my mind lately. Call it an existential crisis. Why do I do this? Do I know what I’m doing? Does it serve any purpose? How long before my belt breaks?

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Bite Me Cairo: The Best of the Best – Part 2

  /  November 14, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Many hire random amateur freelancers who think that spring rolls are a seasonal dish and can’t tell their head cheese from their aspic. Worse, some of these sites rely upon civilians to do their reviewing for them. This leads to some truly bizarre suggestions.

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Bite Me Cairo: The Best of the Best – Part 1

  /  November 7, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

The best in town!

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Bite Me Cairo: Fit For A King

  /  October 31, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Stories of king Farouk’s breakfasts

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Bite Me Cairo: Tipping The Wink

  /  October 24, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

This new Bed and Breakfast in Maadi is the achievement of Alisa Amin, the inspiration behind Winnie’s Hotels.

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Bite Me Cairo: Something Fishy

  /  October 17, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Over time I came to realise that some people were simply so used to eating low-grade fish that when faced with the real thing they mistook it for being off. Such myths and misconceptions are boundless in the restaurant business.

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Bite Me Cairo: Seoul Food

  /  October 10, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

There are some great restaurants here but over time I discovered that what Maadi does better than anywhere else in Cairo is Asian food thanks to the large Asian community located here.

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Bite Me Cairo: Nature vs. Nurture

  /  October 3, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

This common wisdom has been repeated so often in the press that it has become a mantra among those in the slow food movement and also among many rank-and-file foodies, who have in common that they swallow these myths without asking the necessary questions.

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Bite Me Cairo: Trio (Part 2) – The Food

  /  September 26, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

The meat is ground fresh on the premises daily and blended with caramelized balsamic onion, roasted garlic and egg yolk. Perfection on a soft, buttery bun. Topped with homemade pickles, fresh tomatoes and lettuce, Hernandez’s aioli of sweet and sour dill with chilies, black pepper and pickle juice put this one over the top.

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Bite Me Cairo: Trio (Part I) – The Chef

  /  September 19, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

If you’ve seen the film Food, Inc. (2008)—and if you haven’t, you should—you’ll know that industrial farming is ruining the food chain. The health and welfare of the planet, unchecked by government regulations, is being read the rest…

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Bite Me Cairo: Four Thumbs Up

  /  September 12, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

My youngest was born a foodist, a trait she happily developed in gleeful opposition to her food-averse sister as she instinctively sought out an unoccupied niche in the family culture.

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Bite Me Cairo: A Tuk Tuk to Jaisalmer

  /  September 5, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

Food for thought. Never imagined I’d employ that cliché, but in this case it fits. Let’s eat, drink and be merry for the betterment of the world. I like it. Restaurants are cultural places anyway—art, music, food, fashion, and politics. Why not take it the extra kilometer and entertain ourselves for the forces of good?

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Bite Me Cairo: Home Savoury Home

  /  August 29, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

The place is always packed with Koreans and under such circumstances I always try to eat what the locals are eating. I simply asked the kitchen manager for dinner for six, which worked out beautifully as it always does.

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Bite Me Cairo: One more for the road

  /  August 22, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  1 Comment

Still, the school district is making an effort, and even if the kids go on a hunger strike, it is preferable to the fast food made available to high school and college students in so many schools, including in Egypt.

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Bite Me Cairo: Slow Food

  /  August 15, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  4 Comments

It’s all about being a locavore. Eat what grows where you live. Support your local farming community. Practice sustainability and fair labor practices. Be a good global citizen. Sounds like a good idea, but not everyone agrees on the science and the economics.

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Bite Me Cairo: A Meating of the Minds

  /  August 8, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Dining, Lifestyle  /  No Comments

I have been going to the gym here just to break even and it’s still not working. It is all out war between my lightly armed will power and the FPF (Forces of Protein and Fat).

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Bite Me Cairo: The Shock of the New

  /  August 1, 2012  /  Bite Me Cairo, Lifestyle  /  4 Comments

One thing America has going for it is supermarkets. For a Cairene, it’s like walking into a museum. The superabundance of everything you couldn’t possible need is unnerving.

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