المدونة المصاحبة للبينالي
Extra-Biennial Blog

The Food

I could write an entire blog just on this subject alone. I enjoyed so many delicious meals during the trip. From sidewalk Koshari (see Kimberli’s post) where I accidently drenched my entire plate with hot sauce (yum,) to the upscale Zamalek boat/restaurant on the Nile called El Pasha where I had Bisara (a bright green paste made with fava beans and herbs), Mish which is hardcore aged feta cheese (people have been know to..um…perish from this dish) and luscious molokheia, a viscous green soup (I have no idea what that leafy green is called in english) with roasted rabbit. At Abou El Sied, the atmosphere is as amazing as the food. Set in a dimly lit dining room with dappled light from the bronze filigreed lamps and soft couches around a low Ottoman style dining table. There are painting of Un Kalthum and great music playing. At El Shagara (The Tree), your table is set right on the narrow side walk and lamb of all kinds is served. As cars zoom by our hosts take choice pieces of lamb chops off their plates and on to ours, “you MUST taste this piece” … I dare you to say no.

Dinner at Abu El Sied

Dinner at Abu El Sied

Abu El Sied

Abu El Sied

 

Um Ali, possibly the world's best dessert

Um Ali, possibly the world's best dessert