Category Archives: AFRICA

Eating at Al Moudira, Luxor, Egypt

Eating at Al Moudira, Luxor, Egypt

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The Al Moudira hotel located in the West Bank, close to the Valley of the King in Luxor, is one of the most beautiful properties I have ever experienced.

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Sofra, Luxor, Egypt

Sofra, Luxor, Egypt

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Luxor is where you will see the grand temples of Karnak and Luxor.

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Anakato, Aswan, Egypt

Anakato, Aswan, Egypt

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There is so much to see in Egypt and the flavor of different parts of the country varies so much. For me – I couldn’t get over the beauty of the South and the Nubian culture, hospitality and food that it offers.

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El Shabrawy, Cairo, Egypt

El Shabrawy, Cairo, Egypt

El Shabrawy is a fast food chain of eateries which are popular for their shwarma, tamiya (broad bean patties) and other sandwiches.

 

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El Dahan, Cairo, Egypt

El Dahan, Cairo, Egypt

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El-Dahan is a really popular barbequed meat spot located in the heart of Khan El Khalili market.

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Fishawi’s Café, Cairo, Egypt

Fishawi’s Café, Cairo, Egypt

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Fishawi’s Cafe is one of Cairo’s oldest cafés located in the midst of Khan el Khalili market. It has been around since 1710 and is now run by the 7th generation of the Fishawi family!

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Felfela, Cairo, Egypt

Felfela, Cairo, Egypt

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Felfela is one of those classic Cairo restaurants – loved equally by tourists and locals.

This cheery café is adorned with a simple rustic décor and a straightforward menu serving Egyptian classics. The dishes are very well priced and everything was tasty.

My favorite dish there was their taamiya (the local version of falafel) which was just outstanding.

Felfela is located in Downtown Cairo and rather easy to get to.

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Koshary Abou Tarek, Cairo, Egypt

Koshary Abou Tarek, Cairo, Egypt

 

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Koshary often referred to, as the national dish of Egypt might have been one of my most favorites. Made of rice, pasta, brown lentils and chickpeas with a tomato based sauce to top it off along with fried onions and hot sauce, this is a definite must do during your travels.

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Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza & Beyman Café, Cairo, Egypt

Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza & Beyman Café, Cairo, Egypt

The Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza is a really lovely hotel located right on the Nile with stunning views of Cairo city and the beautiful river. We even had a view of the Pyramids of Giza off in the distance from our balcony.

 

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Andrea El Mariouteya, Giza, Egypt

Andrea El Mariouteya, Giza, Egypt

When you visit Cairo you will definitely go and see the great Pyramids of Giza and of course you will be hungry after. I have a culinary destination for you in Giza that is almost as good as the Pyramids themselves.

 

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Tableya Masreya, Cairo, Egypt

Tableya Masreya, Cairo, Egypt

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The City Stars Mall filled with modern stores and restaurants has become quite a destination in Cairo. For me I would always prefer shopping in the charming nooks and crannies of Khan el-Khalili market but there are some restaurants worthy of attention at the mall.

Tableya Masreya is one such spot serving home-style Egyptian food from secret family recipes that are well worth preserving.

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Eating, traveling in and falling in love with Egypt

Eating, traveling in and falling in love with Egypt

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Egypt has always been one of my top bucket list places to visit and this past year when I actually visited – it was almost surreal.

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A Moroccan Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe, Marrakech, Morocco

A Moroccan Cooking Class at La Maison Arabe, Marrakech, Morocco

An absolutely perfect way for me to end my hectic travels in the fabulous country of Morocco was by taking a cooking class in traditional Moroccan cuisine.

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La Maison Arabe was one of the cities most legendary restaurants, which later became one of the first Riads to open its doors to guests in Marrakech.

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Pâtisserie des Princes, Marrakech, Morocco

Pâtisserie des Princes, Marrakech, Morocco

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Al Fassia, Marrakech, Morocco

Al Fassia, Marrakech, Morocco

 

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L’Italien at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

L’Italien at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

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Le Français at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

Le Français at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

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Le Pavillon de la Piscine at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

Le Pavillon de la Piscine at La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco

La Mamounia hotel offers four signature restaurants on its premises of which its casual poolside eating spot is Le Pavillon de la Piscine, which is located in the courtyard overlooking the gorgeous gardens.

 

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La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

La Mamounia Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

 

La Mamounia hotel is the ultimate oasis of luxury located between the city centre and the old Medina of Marrakech.

 

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The Souks of Marrakech, Morocco

The Souks of Marrakech, Morocco

 

Marrakech is a thriving metropolis whose pace is tempered by is rich heritage and deep cultural roots.

 

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Riad Ksar Ighnda, Asfalou, Morocco

Riad Ksar Ighnda, Asfalou, Morocco

Ouarzazate is often known as the “Hollywood of Morocco”. It’s stunning landscapes have been the setting for several movies such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and many more.

The vistas of Ouarzazate are truly spectacular. Aït Ben Haddou is a particularly well-known village that houses Kasbahs that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

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To truly appreciate the splendor of these surroundings, I recommend staying at Riad Ksar Ighnda. This homey yet modern Riad has the majestic Atlas Mountains as its backdrop as it overlooks a valley surrounded with Kasbahs.

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Riad Fes, Fes, Morocco

Riad Fes, Fes, Morocco

 

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A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace built around an interior garden or courtyard. Riads are popular options for tourists to stay at instead of hotels.

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La Belle Etoile Encampment in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

La Belle Etoile Encampment in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

 

The Sahara Desert might have been one of the most breathtaking parts of our trip to Morocco.

 

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Restaurant Asmae, Fes, Morocco

Restaurant Asmae, Fes, Morocco

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The fascinating medina (old city) of Fes has enough sights and sounds to keep one wandering through its unique alleyways and covered bazaars for days. It is essential though to stop from time to time to eat!

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Eating in the Medina at Café Clock, Fes, Morocco

Eating in the Medina at Café Clock, Fes, Morocco

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The fascinating medina (old city) of Fes has enough sights and sounds to keep one wandering through its unique alleyways and covered bazaars for days. It is essential though to stop from time to time to eat!

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