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August 15th, 2007

savor: Egypt/ Alexandria

Midan Saad Zaghoul
Ramleh Station

Perhaps the most beautiful of the old Greek cafes that hark from (and back to) a time when Alexandria was a great cosmopolitan city. Faded, perhaps, in its role as a center of Alexandria society but not in its stunning allure: recent restoration work shows off the delicate, gilded turn-of-the-century details of the high-ceiled rooms. Best for an mid-morning or mid-afternoon tea and honey-soaked pastry, or perhaps a late dessert of rice pudding. Lovely.
Try: the silky rice pudding topped with shredded coconut, raisins, pistachios, and a few almonds.
Linger over coffee: and read Lawrence Durrell’s enchanting Alexandria Quartet.

Posted by jeffkoehler in  savor: Egypt  |  

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