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JEFF KOEHLER

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August 15th, 2007

savor: Egypt/ Cairo

EL ABD
25 Talaat Harb Street
Downtown
Cairo
20/2.392.44.07

El Abd is a traditional Egyptian pastry shop for all manner of rich “Oriental sweets” - semolina cakes and cookies and layered, honey-soaked phyllo pastries stuffed with crushed almonds or pistachios. From early morning until late at night there is a crowd queuing or selecting or waiting as their purchases are placed in white boxes and tied with delicate pink ribbon (or pink boxes in yellow ribbon). They also sell all sorts of salty nuts and seeds by bulk.
Before visiting someone: get an assorted box of sweets to take as a gift. Appreciated, but also proper etiquette.
Get a bag: of small, hard dried watermelon seeds to munch on as you stroll Cairo.

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