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 –…

Ramadan Desserts & Bakes – !عك

Before I start telling you how everyone is destroying the sophistication of Mediterranean pastry art this year, I hope you are all enjoying a happy Ramadan so far! 🙂 We all love Kunafa with Nutella, right?! … Wrong! I don’t. The first time this dessert appeared in Ramadan a few years back – after it’s…

Kidnapped in Clandestiny

On a lovely early April afternoon, I was instructed by an invitation to go to the Maadi Corniche and get on a boat to take me to an undisclosed location, where I was sure to have the best food. My love for food was definitely stronger than my fear of getting kidnapped, mugged or robbed….

2014 – Egypt’s Big F&B Year

The Food & Beverage industry in Egypt, has definitely been on the rise for the past few years. Hotels and restaurants have noticeably upped their game when it comes to food quality. With high-end ingredients becoming more and more available – thanks to special stores like Gourmet Egypt  (among others) – the consumer has become…

The Taste of Coziness

This year started with a big bang in food. In January, I was one of lucky few that got a chance to attend this special event hosted by two of Egypt’s most prominent young Chefs; Naira Ellamei and Wesam Masoud, at Chef’s Market (City Stars). I’m not a big fan of lentil soup, but I have been converted…