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August 15th, 2007

savor: Egypt/ Alexandria

33 Bairam al-Tonsi Street (off the Corniche)

In Alexandria, go for the seafood. But where? Locals will tell you the best in town is at Kadoura. (Tourists claim the Fish Market across the Corniche is the best; it’s at least much more expensive. As one local woman put it, “People go to the Fish Market for the views and Kadoura for the food.”) The crowds of Alexandrian families and Cairene ones who’ve come up for the weekend say it all. Chose from the iced display of fish and shellfish - red mullet, crab, sea bass, squid, bluefish, jumbo prawns - downstairs from the guy in white rubber boots (you pay by weight), tell him how you want it cooked (grilled? in the oven with onions and tomatoes?), and then climb the stairs and find a table. A spread of “salads” – hummus, baba ghanough etc – comes while your order is being cooked to perfection.
Excellent: Cuttlefish baked in the oven with plenty of onions, tomatoes, and earthy spices.

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