Delicious childhood memories

Remember the good times you spent that one summer with friends and relatives? Those small feasts you had as kids whenever you felt exhausted from your skateboards, roller skates, football, basketball or even hide and seek sessions? How about that lonely cookie you managed to save for school and ended up sharing with your friends? 🙂

In today’s post, we’re going to take you on a walk down memory lane with some of our partners:

Fast food love

Whether it’s McDonald’s, Hardee’s, or KFC, we’ve all been crazy for the kid’s meal.

Happy Meal

KFC

Hardee's

And we all know why:

Happy Meal toys

Ninja

Garfield

And sometimes, the highlight of our day would simply be:

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Fries

Cookie

And you end up having a great memory of you and your childhood buddies having your first Happy Meal:

Koshary

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Whether you skipped school with friends and gathered at the nearest Koshary store or your parents walked into home after a long day at work with a bag of Koshary containers, Koshary is one of those meals that reminded you of the good old days. No matter what the memory associated with Koshry is, it would surely be there for you whenever you longed for a cheap yet very delicious meal.

 Doughnuts

Donuts

Have you ever received a doughnut reward whenever you did great at school? Or perhaps had a surprise doughnut store visit with your parents? Regardless of how you finally got your hands on the mouthwatering lord of the rings, we’re sure it was a memory never to forget. Every time.

Does this remind you of something?

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Bakery smells

Remember passing by the local bakery and standing there with your stomach urging you to walk into that place to grab a freshly baked croissant or a yummy pate?

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We’ve all been there. The smell always reminds us of good times even as we grew into adults. Something about the bakery smells that reminds us of home and puts us into a state of trance.

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Cake!

We all love cake. Admit it. Birthday cake, Gateaux, pound cake, you name it. We’ve had birthday parties, we’ve been to our neighbor’s birthday party, our friend’s birthday party and they’ve all had one thing in common: cake!

A whole lot of memories 🙂

Eclair

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Oriental Sweets

Ramadan will always be full of memories of family visits and happy Iftar moments and a typical Ramadan Iftar would not be complete without the delicious Konafa or Basbousa, and Eid wouldn’t be worth it without the Ka’ak!

Sweet Saray

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Pizza

Homemade pizza, ready made pizza, any pizza. It’s a number one childhood memory. If you’ve gathered with your parents and siblings around a nice box of freshly delivered pizza, you’ll totally relate. If Mom makes pizza and you know it has its own rating above all the other pizzas of the world, you’ll totally relate. Nothing beats homemade pizza and the memories of each time your mother brought out a tray of pizza from the oven. You impatiently picked on the hot dog or meat slices on the top and whatever dough hung out of that tray just to get the taste of the long awaited pizza Mom just baked.

Mia

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Papa Johns

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Ice Cream

Summer time and Ice Cream always go hand in hand. Remember those creamy delicious treats?

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You get your ice cream, devouring it one lick after the other

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and then munch on the biscuit cone..

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it starts leaking from below.. but you outsmart the delicious devil

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Or maybe you’re not a cone person.. you just like your ice cream in a cup

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or off a stick..

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We love ice cream.. we really do

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And Pasta..

Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Lasagne, Cannelloni, Macaroni, Penne, noodles: they’re all the same to you as a kid. You just loved it. Whether with red sauce and meatballs, Bechamel sauce and minced meat, white sauce, chicken and mushroom, pasta remains one of those childhood dishes everyone loves.

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Marly

 

You can’t deny that food has always been our childhood companion, whether with friends or family and many dishes add richness to our memories of those golden days. It almost seems as if food with all its variations allow such memories to come to life the minute we consume them and they automatically send us years back.

Enjoy your childhood memories with our partners by clicking on the images. 🙂

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All you need to know about Sushi

Sushi is a very exquisite dish that has become a huge hit in Egypt and the Middle East within the past few years. For many of Sushi fans, the freshness of the ingredients and the whole dining experience is what makes it a must have and keeps them coming back. But what do we know about Sushi?

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Sushi was mainly created to preserve fish in Southeast Asia around the 8th century. The main idea was to salt the fish, ferment the rice and wrap the fish in rice. The fermentation of the rice prevented the fish from spoiling, making Sushi in its original form a food preservation method rather than a delicacy. The rice was always discarded and the fish was preserved perfectly providing the people an important source of protein.

The fish wrapped in fermented rice

The fish wrapped in fermented rice

Preserved fish

Preserved fish

By time, Sushi witnessed a few variations as the use of raw, fresh fish wrapped in rice alone or mixed with other vegetables and dry seaweed was becoming popular. The rice was used to compliment the fish rather than preserve it.

Sushi became a fast food item at one point when Nigiri Sushi invented by Hanaya Yohei and was served by street vendors on the streets of Tokyo. Nigiri Sushi became popular throughout the country due to the relocation of some of the Nigiri Sushi chefs after the Great Kanto earthquake.

Hanaya Yohei

Eating Sushi

  • If you’ve never had Sushi before, we highly recommend you choose a reputable restaurant known for preparing fresh Sushi. Having a bad first experience can ruin Sushi for you forever.
  • Be sure to grab a expert Sushi eater along as they would help you with choosing your Sushi. You can also always ask around for recommendations according to your taste.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with Sushi but don’t step out of your comfort zone on your first time.
  • Know the four basic types of Sushi and the different condiments so you’d be familiar with what you’re going to try. (We’ve included those below!) 😉
  • Prepare your Soy Sauce and get your chopsticks ready. You can always ask for beginner chopsticks or eat with your hands! (Don’t worry, no one will judge.)

We’re sure the whole Sushi experience would be more authentic using chopsticks, so here’s how to use chopsticks with ease:

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Here’s a depiction of some of the common Sushi Do’s and Don’ts:

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Basic Sushi Condiments

There are 3 main condiments used along while eating Sushi: Soy Sauce, Wasabi paste and Gari.

Soy Sauce

We are all aware what Soy Sauce is. You can dip your Sushi piece in the Soy Sauce but you must be careful not to overdo it. Some chefs prepare their Sushi with Soy Sauce so keep an eye on your Sushi and avoid dipping in in Soy Sauce if it already is seasoned or dressed.

Wasabi

Wasabi is a green paste made from the grated root of the Wasabia japonica plant which is known as Japanese Horseradish.  It is strong in flavor and it is extremely hot so be aware while using Wasabi if you’re not into spicy food. Some people prefer mixing a tiny bit of Wasabi into their Soy Sauce dip. You can also brush a little bit of it onto the Sushi piece. Again: If it’s your first time, we highly recommend approaching Wasabi with caution especially if you’re not very into spicy food. Don’t be afraid to ask. 🙂

Gari

Gari is sweet pickled ginger that is usually eaten between each Sushi course. In addition to it being extremely delicious and refreshing, it aids in digestion.

Types of Sushi

Nigiri Sushi

The most popular and known form of sushi which comes in a piece of seafood placed on a bed of lightly vinegared rice. Fish is usually raw while shellfish is sometimes cooked.

An assortment of Nigiri Sushi from Makani

An assortment of Nigiri Sushi from Makani

Nigiri courtesy of Asian Corner

Nigiri courtesy of Asian Corner

Tako (Octopus) Sushi from Bob Sushi

Tako (Octopus) Sushi from Bob Sushi

Assorted Nigiri by Fuego

Assorted Nigiri by Fuego

Gui's Nigiri

Gui’s Nigiri

Ebi (Shrimp) Nigiri from Sushi Bay

Ebi (Shrimp) Nigiri from Sushi Bay

Salmon Nigiri from Sushi Shack Express

Salmon Nigiri from Sushi Shack Express

 

Gunkan Maki

Gunkan Maki is similar in concept to Nigiri Sushi. The only difference is that the piece is wrapped in dried seaweed (Nori) to hold together the piece which usually contains soft toppings such as fish roe, sea urchin and minced tuna.

Gunkan Maki surrounded by Nigiri Sushi from Bob Sushi

Gunkan Maki surrounded by Nigiri Sushi from Bob Sushi

Ikura (salmon roe) Gunkan Sushi by Gui

Ikura (salmon roe) Gunkan Sushi by Gui

Maki Sushi

Maki Sushi is the most diverse types of Sushi as it has many variations created by several different and delicious ingredients. It is created by rolling together different ingredients in a sheet of seaweed (Nori) on a bamboo mat. The roll resembling a tube is then cut into pieces. This is the most popular type of sushi and as mentioned before, has many variations that are unique to each Sushi chef.

A delicious Maki Roll from Bob Sushi

A delicious Maki Roll from Bob Sushi

Alaskan Roll by Fuego

Alaskan Roll by Fuego

Another delicious Maki Roll by Gui

Another delicious Maki Roll by Gui

Special Maki Roll by Makani

Special Maki Roll by Makani

Spoiled Lobster Roll by Sushi Bay

Spoiled Lobster Roll by Sushi Bay

Monaco Roll by Tsunami

Monaco Roll by Tsunami

Temaki (hand) Sushi

Temaki Sushi is created by hand rolling the ingredients into a single seaweed sheet and shaping it into a cone.

An assortment of Rolls by Bob Sushi

An assortment of Temaki Sushi by Bob Sushi

Fuego Temaki

Fuego Temaki

Salmon Temaki by Gui

Salmon Temaki by Gui

Sashimi

Sashimi is not to be confused with Sushi although it is equally delicious to Sushi lovers. It is usually thinly sliced seafood served in a raw state. To enjoy Sashimi, you must dip it in Soy Sauce, Wasabi or ground ginger (depending on the type of Sashimi). Sashimi does not contain rice and is never cooked. It is generally safe to consume if it is freshly prepared yet it is not recommended to pregnant women.

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A fresh assortment of Sashimi by Fuego

 

It is no doubt that Sushi has and always will be a life changing experience to some of those who ventured into this unique type of cuisine. When you enjoy your first Sushi experience, your taste palates acquire an outlandishly marvelous flavor that never departs your mind. We highly recommend giving each of the above pictured items a try through our partners by clicking on them. Enjoy your Sushi! 🙂

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The evolution of Egyptian cuisine in Egypt

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Egypt has been known for it’s mouthwatering specialties such as Koshary, Molokheya, Mousaka, Hawawshi, Mombar, Stuffed Pigeon, chicken and beef liver, Fitir, Foul, Fatta, and many more. Throughout the history of Egypt, some of those dishes were food of the people; as ancient as the pyramids and the primary reason why those pyramids are still standing. The food was simple, cheap and high in protein derived mainly from legumes. That being said, Egyptian cuisine at its simplest form is very convenient for vegetarians since it mostly consists of vegetables and legumes. Seafood is also a specialty in Egypt when we move closer towards the Mediterranean.

Enjoying a delicious gathering by the Pyramids.

Enjoying a delicious gathering by the Pyramids.

Egypt's #1 delicacy: Foul.

Egypt’s #1 delicacy: Foul. Breakfast of the poor and the rich, full of protein and extremely yummy for the tummy!

Laila Taher, a famous Egyptian actress enjoying her Foul dish

Laila Taher, a famous Egyptian actress enjoying her Foul dish

Anyone who’s tried Egyptian food knows that it’s not easy to ignore the urge of having a Foul sandwich or a Koshary dish every now and then. For those who are blessed with an Egyptian mother, it is easier said than done since it is practically available on demand thanks to Mom’s loving nature. But for those of us who live on their own, you technically cannot make your own Molokheya the traditional Egyptian way (at least without intensive training and rigorous practice!)

The breakthrough came when Andrea started serving some of the popular Egyptian appetizers such as Mombar, Hawawshi, Liver dishes, and many more; gaining popular demand and constant approval. Andrea which delivers to Maadi and El RehabEl Tagammoa El Awal,El Tagammoa El KhamesHeliopolis, and Nasr City also serves a variety of Egyptian grills that has surely placed it among the top Egyptian restaurants.

Andrea

Abou Shakra is one of those restaurants who also revolutionized the way to Egyptian food and made it available to those who crave it by serving Egyptian grills and appetizers. Some of those are the Freek stuffed Pigeon, Duck and Chicken; dishes that are very popular among Egyptian people and that are extremely intricate to perfect.

Abou Shakra appetizers

Arabiata Al-Shabrawy didn’t spare us any of it’s generosity throughout the years as well. If you wanted to enjoy an authentic Egyptian breakfast, this is where you’d head. Serving Fava beans (Foul), Falafel and several famous Egyptian breakfast dishes, it definitely provided many hard workers with the kick start they needed for a long and tiring day.

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Stepping it up a notch

The demand on Egyptian main dishes was high enough for the owners of Abou El Sid to invest in a restaurant that serves quality homemade Egyptian food. In 2000, Abou El Sid opened its first branch in Zamalek, catering to a wide audience of hungry Egyptians and foreigners alike. A visit to Abou El Sid is surely a delight as you went back in time and enjoyed the true essence of Egypt. 14 years later, Abou El Sid delivers in Cairo & Alexandria making their delicious menu items available to all their lovers and fans.

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Cairo Kitchen is also putting a modern twist to Egyptian cuisine yet still maintaining the its authentic taste. The result was absolutely mouthwatering and Cairo Kitchen is now considered one of the top Egyptian restaurants thanks to its delicious dishes and authentic feel and taste not to mention, its affordable prices.

Molokheya Mousaka

Whether you’re looking for the feel or the taste of Egyptian food, the evolution of Egyptian cuisine throughout the past 15 years has made it easier for anyone to enjoy both with ease. The prices range but the conclusion will always remain the same: Egyptian cuisine is a unique cuisine that has many fans who surely know that a huge part of Egypt lies in its delicious recipes.

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You can find more restaurants delivering your favorite Egyptian dishes on our website. Order your food online, sit back while they prepare it for you and enjoy the taste of Egypt through Otlob.com