Foodie’s Guides

For the past month or so, I’ve been writing feature articles for Cairo 360 and even a few reviews. For convenience, the links are listed after the jump.

One of the toughest things about writing these guides is the word limit. Like any well-run publication, adherence to word limits borders on fanaticism; a necessary evil I’m afraid. Otherwise, pages will be truncated and look horrible. The word limit necessitates that I miss a few outlets and even a few districts of Cairo to stay within the limits. The good news is that there will be at least one more follow up for each guide coming in the next couple of months (Carpal tunnel and Editorial Favors willing).

I remember when getting peanut butter was akin to searching for the Golden Fleece, but now the heretofore unfulfilled demand for better quality and wider variety of foodstuffs is being met by large chains and smaller, specialty shops around the capital. The flipside is that by definition, prestige ingredients are not cheap. Unless you possess Croesus’ wealth, having porcini mushroom omelets for breakfast should not be how you live your life. Lest I be accused of living in a bubble and encouraging greed, I want to go on record and fully explain that not all things we eat need to cost an arm and a leg; so plan your shopping lists accordingly.

Now that’s out of the way, click on “Read more” to get to the links.

5 minutes, Deep fried.

A Foodie’s Guide to: Prestige Ingredients

A Foodie’s Guide to: Fruits and Vegetables in Cairo

A Foodie’s Guide to: Bakeries in Cairo

A Foodie’s Guide to: Butchers in Cairo


About Wesam E Masoud
Chef Patron of @chefsmarketmasr, Host of @CBCSofra's #matbakh101. I have one degree in Medicine & 3rd degree burns from cooking.

8 Responses to Foodie’s Guides

  1. your editor says:

    ahem. fanaticism?

  2. your editor says:

    have you no experience with women’s brains and their tendacy to harp on only the negative points? good luck getting me to get over this.

  3. Wesam Masoud says:

    Gadzooks! I *do* know where you live,l though. Are you not familiar with men’s brains and their ability to turn psycho?

  4. your editor says:

    obviously i haven’t managed to intimidate you enough in the past. i’m familiar with psychos. i went to a german school. remember.

  5. Storm Hayes says:

    Do they have iodinized salt in Egypt? How about granulated sugar? In the late 80’s and early 90’s I heard that stool was harvested for its salt.

    • Wesam Masoud says:

      Rumor and Conjecture. Iodized salt and granulated sugar are readily available.

  6. N says:

    I read that and it reminded me of your fast food series 🙂

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