See my upcoming blog on the harsh truth of “Behind the Scenes of Cairo and Egypt” to describe the not so pleasant realities of our trip so far, one being how many times we were approached today (once again!!) offering feigned kindness for a cost…..
But we managed to meet a few nice locals, have fun in an Egyptian restaurant without an english menu (we had NO idea what we were eating!! It was good!!!) where all the ingredients of the one entree on the menu is made as you walk into the restaurant. What we think is that the menu offers you different sizes of the one entree being served and extra side dishes of the the 5 or so ingredients put together as the entree!!! Locals continually FILLED the restaurant waiting for a table!!!
ps….Michael and I did some research and found out that the restaurant serves only Kushari. From Wikipedia: “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.” 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 here, Michael and I are both noticing this unpleasant smell that lingers in the air….