Ramadan Specials

We’re back to the holy month of eating! And besides the fact that I will probably keep telling everyone for the rest of my life that chocolate and Middle Eastern Sweets do not pair well, I have seen some interesting innovations this Ramadan and wanted to tell you all about them. This would also justify…

Bread Basics

Have you ever noticed that some sandwiches are really hard to eat? Have you noticed how some breads are tough, stretchy and gummy-like? If you haven’t noticed any of these things, then please go put a slice of bread in the microwave for one minute and eat it.. Or go grab a sandwich from Costa…

Speakeasy: Reinventing Classics

From the moment I passed the first host desk, I felt like I was being transported to another dimension. A garden labyrinth led me to the entrance of Speakeasy, where I found an antique bronze lion sleeping over the sign. Inside, I was greeted by the lovely PR Manager herself, who gently pulled down the…

The Breast Test

I hope this post won’t get too long or too technical for my readers, but if you are interested to know why Egypt’s number-one, go-to diet meal is the most unpalatable thing you can ever eat, then please bear with me as I take you through the process. It’s a sad thought that whoever is…

Maestro: An Italian Orchestra of Flavors

I’ve walked into the Intercontinental – City Stars quite a few times because I’ve always loved to dine there. Today I was going to try a place that I normally walked past not noticing it’s supremacy. On the right side of the lobby stands a little table with a piece of architecture as its backdrop…

Ramadan ‘Dessert-asters’

Hypothesis: Chocolate and simple syrup don’t mix! It’s Ramadan again, and so-called pastry chefs around the country are throwing all the sweet scraps they can find on top of classic Middle Eastern desserts and calling it an ‘innovative product’. Konafa, Basbousa, Nutella, Red Velvet (which is just red food coloring), fruits, chocolate, marshmallows, cream, Oreos &…

Overnight On The Plateau

To be invited to attend the grand opening of the JW Marriott’s newest hotspot namely; ‘Plateau’ is one thing, but the overnight stay at the hotel that came with it, was a lot more than just a cherry on top! It was a warm summer day indeed, but by the time I was checking in…

The Tipsy Sparkly Teapot

Just because it’s tipsy, doesn’t mean it has to be clumsy. I was recently invited to experience the all-new Tipsy Teapot dining experience. This popular Maadi diner has recently acquired a new venue and I can honestly tell you that it was definitely worth it! The new location may be a bit smaller in comparison…

Mido Plates

There comes a time in every home-chef’s life where he or she needs to elevate their kitchen skills. Today, I took a shot at artistic plating for the very first time.. and I will definitely be doing a lot more of it in the near future. This dish is an interpretation of a way to…

Flutter By Birdcage

Very few Asian restaurants in Cairo follow a true Far Eastern tradition in their menu. Birdcage at Semiramis Intercontinental, shines with Thai authenticity! From the very start of waiting in the foyer and nibbling on the most sophisticated Thai canapés and amuse-bouches, I could tell that I was about to be taken on a very…

Tasting Japan… in Egypt

Last Tuesday, I had the luxurious opportunity of dining at one of Egypt’s best Japanese restaurants; Shogun – Intercontinental (City Stars). Luckily, a special menu by guest chef; Takagi Kazuo was available. There is a number of guest Chef menus at the hotel these days and I suggest you go check them out as their…

The Grill

Last week I was led to discover one of Egypt’s hidden fine dining treasures at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel. Because I am always late, I was rushing to find the venue. When I saw an elegant dark wooden entrance at the end of the corridor, I stepped slowly and skeptically – past the wine cellars –…