5 (Tue) November 2013
Mixed Grill (The Culprit Kofta)
at Abd el Wahab (Stars Centre)
-Nasr, Cairo, Egypt-
with SYK and other meeting participants
Conference in Egypt: Day 4 of 7
- Day 1 (4.301 Arabic Spiced Chicken Kofta)
- Day 2 (4.302 Stuffed Pigeon with Rice)
- Day 3 (4.303 Molokheya with Rabbit and Rice)
In Cairo. Here to attend the 1st Expert Consultation on Public Health Law in the Eastern Mediterranean, hosted by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO). First time in Egypt, first time in Africa.
Exactly 2.5 years ago tomorrow, WHO initiated a project to canvass public health legislation in Member States across the Western Pacific Region – I had participated to help design the methodology. WHO EMRO invited experts for a consultation this week to advise on how to adapt the model for this region. Let’s hope that the other regional offices – AFRO in Brazzaville, SEARO in New Delhi, EURO in Copenhagen, and PAHO in Washington DC – soon come calling.
After the day’s proceedings had wrapped this afternoon, a few of us went out for dinner.
The Levant is a geographical/cultural region historically encompassing parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Today, the countries associated with the Levant include Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel – Old Testament-type places. Many dishes loosely categorized as “Middle Eastern” or “Arabic” (e.g., baba ghanoush, falafel, hummus, pita, shashlik, tabbouleh, tahini) are part of the Levantine tradition. While the dishes are shared among all the countries in the region, Lebanon is often regarded as the modern standard bearer.
The meal was fantastic. With locals among us, we ordered proper. The food was so good, especially the mixed grill, so succulent and tasty, that I took some of the leftovers with me and snacked on them in my hotel room later that night.
The following day, I came down with the worst case of food poisoning that I’ve had in recent memory, maybe ever. It was probably the kofta.
(For more details re food, see WHAT)
(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN THE WORLD)