Egyptian Cuisine to Try in Sharm el Sheikh

July 13, 2012 · Posted in Hobbies · Comment 

Although famous for its historic culture, famous archaeology and beautiful beaches, the Egyptian culture is also praised internationally for its delicious cuisine. From sweets to mains and of course refreshing beverages, we’ve rounded up a list of the top treats to try when you’re in the country on your holidays.

Stuffed pigeon is one of Egypt’s most famous main dishes and are often accompanied by a citrus-based soup similar to a broth, which brings out the distinct gamey flavours. Not only is it tasty, but it’s also a traditional type of meal to try.

Shisha: Technically not a food or drink, a shisha is an ornate Arabian water pipe, and a very traditional and symbolic pastime. Fruit scented tobacco is ‘smoked’ through the pipe; Egyptians usually favour apple flavoured shisha but there is a range of flavours available including melon, orange and even coffee.

If you’re in the mood for something to drink, cleanse your palette with one of their local juices. Lemon Nana is their equivalent of lemonade. Deliciously refreshing, it is also served with crushed fresh mint leaves to give you a minty after taste in your mouth. Not only that, but it’s bound to wake up you if the sun is making you sleepy.

Konafah is a traditional sweet that is worth sampling while you’re there. It’s a type of pastry that is filled with nuts and chipped cream and served with a sweet fruit sauce. Best served hot, it’s a great way to warm up on a breezy evening or just for a comforting post-dinner dish.

Catherine McCulloch is a travel writer who regularly goes on retreats to Egypt. Click here to check out the amazing deals from MyTravel.

Egypt and Dubai: Two Great Destinations For Souk Snacks

June 22, 2012 · Posted in Food and Drinks · Comment 

If you’re used to satisfying the midnight munchies after a heavy night out with a delicious doner kebab, you’ll feel right at home in Dubai. Shawarma is the city’s most popular takeaway snack, and you’ll soon identify your favourite shawarma stall in the souk or on the street. It’s normally made with lamb, but veggies needn’t go hungry – meat-free falafel versions are available too.

All the western food chains have outposts in Dubai. You’ll come across KFC, Starbucks, TGI Fridays and McDonalds, which means it’s possible to satisfy hunger and homesickness in one go!

Once you’ve eased the hunger pangs, take a wander through Dubai’s food souk, where you can admire and purchase a dazzling array of fresh produce. Omani bananas will prove to be the sweetest and most delicious you’ve ever tasted; the brilliant pink and green of freshly cut watermelon is irresistible; and there is a mouthwatering range of fresh dates available. If you’re wearing old shoes, wander through the fish section of the market, where you’ll see blue lobsters, baby sharks and massive kingfish on the slab.

Have a look around you, can you see vendors serving sugar cane juice and pomegranate shakes? Can you see pieces of lamb slowly simmering in oil? Are the counter tops literally groaning with nuts and seeds? You must be in Egypt then where street food is a way of life. Peppers stuffed full of delicious spiced fish, gorgeous flatbread, tomatoless pizzas, kofte kebabs and tooth-tinglingly sweet semolina cakes all have to be tried to be believed.

There are two dishes in Egypt that define the whole street food experience. Taameya is like falafel but usually eaten at breakfast time and made from fava beans accompanied by fuul, a fava bean porridge. You’ll certainly feel full after this high-fibre, sustaining start to the day. If you’re hungry come lunch-time then seek out koshary, a favourite amongst the poor. This carb fest contains rice, lentils, pasta and chickpeas and will have you craving an afternoon nap.

Emily Collins writes on behalf of Hotels4U. If you’re looking for hotels close to the souks in Egypt then click here.

Things To Enjoy During Sharm El Sheikh Holidays

November 15, 2011 · Posted in Family · Comment 

Sharm el Sheikh is an excellent location for tourists, especially in winter. However, there are many fun things to do and see all during the year, on Sharm el Sheikh holidays. Here are just a few things that one may enjoy while on holiday.

The Red Sea in this region stays warm all year long, and this makes it perfect for many kinds of beach and water fun. The waters are exceptionally clear and make for some of the best snorkeling or scuba in the area. There are many kinds of exotic fish and sea creatures to experience on your journey.

Ras Mohamed National Park is a protected area and visitors can enjoy many natural sites and wonders. There are more than 1,000 different kinds of fish, and several kinds of turtles in the region. One can experience the coral reefs from the main beach and migratory birds in Hidden Bay.

Perhaps you and your fellow travelers would enjoy a trip into the desert. You may want to hire go-karts for exploring the many interesting sites. Your go-kart trip is usually about ninety minutes long, and if you book a trip for early in the day it usually cost less.

Many people come to this area to relax and take a day at the spa, and do nothing but pamper themselves. If you are interested in diving, there are diving centers that will teach you all about it. When hungry, you can eat in fine restaurants and you can stay in five star hotels if you desire.

In conclusion, Sharm el Sheikh holidays offer many things for travelers to experience and enjoy. All kinds of water activities and fun excursions into the desert await. There are also excellent hotels and spas for the weary traveler.

Sharm el Sheikh is the most popular holiday destination in Egypt attracting visitors from all over the place.

Cairo – Experience Two Worlds

August 28, 2011 · Posted in Africa, Travel · Comment 

Cairo itself is one of the world’s oldest currently inhabitated cities. There is a plethora of historical monuments to see. In Old Cairo, there are pyramids, mosques, minarets, and many museums to explore. There is also an emerging “New Cairo” to see, as modernization sweeps through the country. Read more