Sometimes – Pay For Kindness
Michael and I, many times as we walked around Cairo and Giza, were approached by locals offering feigned kindness for a cost.
But we managed to meet a few nice locals while having fun in an Egyptian restaurant because we were without an english menu! Michael and I had NO idea what we ordered or what we were eating.
Whatever it was, it was good!
All of the varied ingredients that go into the 1 entree menu is made by cooks as you walk into the restaurant. What we thought was perhaps the menu offers you different sizes of the one entree being served and extra side dishes of the 5 or so ingredients put together as the entree. Locals continually filled the restaurant waiting for a table. What was it about this food that made it so popular?
Michael and I did some research and found out that the restaurant serves only Kushari.
"Kushari, also koshary, kosheri or koshari (Egyptian Arabic: كشرى, [ˈkoʃæɾi]), is an Egyptian dish made in the 19th century, made of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a tomato-vinegar sauce; garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. A sprinkling of garlic juice and hot sauce are option."
Three were two sauces that were on the table to put on the Kushari. I tried both the hot sauce (very hot!!) and the garlic juice – the garlic juice was delicious.
And some shopping – AMAZING leather designer knock-off bags for CHEAP! The downtown shopping reminded me of my time at the Orchard Street shopping district in New York. Lots of stores of the same thing selling knock off purses, watches, cheap leather, shoes….with twisting and turning back alleyways of more hidden shops with designer knock off goods!!!!
I’d have a lot more pictures of the shopping, but my camera battery ran out of juice.
Our taxi ride home from Cairo to Giza took almost 2 hours because of CRAZY traffic and after 2 days in Cairo, Michael and I are both noticing this unpleasant smell that lingers in the air….