Food is superrrr important (obviously) and in addition to its necessity for our bodily needs, some of us are actually crazy and very passionate about food. So as a tribute to that, we have come to you today with some SHOCKING facts about food!
- It’s legal to have hair or bugs in food. In the United States, the FDA passed regulations that state that “natural defects” in certain food products are allowed to have a specific amount of insects or rodent hair to be present in food. An example is canned mushrooms are allowed to contain up to 20 maggots to pass inspection. Eww!
- Decaf coffee is not 100% decaf. Most decaffeinated coffee is not completely caffeine free, as it contains small amounts of caffeine. For example, a decaf latte can have up to as much caffeine as in one can of cola. A decaf espresso can have up to 16 milligrams of caffeine.
- Cooked vegetables are sometimes more nutritious than raw ones. The amount of nutrition varies between the type of vegetable and how it is cooked. Boiling carrots provides more nutrients than raw carrots as boiling carrots releases the amount of antioxidants in the vegetable for consumption. However, cooking carrots can lower other compounds.
- Coconut oil is EXTREMELY powerful. One of the most healthful and powerful foods is coconut oil. It’s a healthy fat that can boost immunity, aid in heart health, and regulate metabolism. Numerous benefits are in coconut oil, and it can also be used in skin care. Coconut oil contains antioxidant properties that are antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.
May Yacoubi: Cooking up the perfect bond with her daughter
Mother’s day is approaching, it’s a day to reflect on all the wonderful things that our mothers have done for us, and better yet, it is a time to show appreciation for them by giving back a fair amount of gratitude and love. So seeing that this is the month for all women, we are shedding the light on several working moms who are doing their best to keep up between both their jobs and homes.
Our first interview is with Chef May Yacoubi and her daughter Leen, this time we did things a bit different, and it was more of a competition than it was of an interview.
We sat down with both the mother and daughter, asked them questions about each other that tested how much they truly know one another. The results are obvious but it was definitely a fun way to get to know them.
The first question is their favourite meal, which they both got right. Leen’s favorite is anything with teriyaki sauce in it, while May’s favorite is Asian food, African and basically all food.
Who wouldn’t want to have a superpower? Well, basically everyone especially moms, and Leen believes that her mom’s superpower is cooking and baking. While May tells us that if Leen got to choose a superpower, she would choose to help animals and clean the ocean. An extra point goes to Leen for being such an environmentalist, and a point goes to May for raising such a helpful, inspiring daughter.
The point was shortly taken from May for wrong guessing Leen’s favorite color, but well, seeing how the girl is all about the environment, we would have also guessed it’s green.
On the other hand, Leen’s answer was just heartwarming, ‘Her favorite color is green, especially because it brings out her eyes.’
The one thing they both agreed that they have in common is their love for cooking, baking and how picky they are when it comes to food.
May also shared with us her feeling when she found out she’s pregnant, she says as her first child, she was happy and then she got scared a bit, but shortly after, that feeling turned into excitement and she started counting down the days.
Her husband shared the exact same feeling, ‘you’re never really ready to be a mom or a dad.” She added.
Their choice for the name has the cutest story behind it, May told us that she had her mind set on the name Leen since she was ten, and when she first met her husband and told him this, he shared with her that on a trip to Syria, he met this lovely little girl named Leen, and he, as well, had his mind set on this name ever since.
When asked how she balance between her career and being a good mom, she told us that you always try your best to be a good mom, and that she delayed the launch of her business until her younger son turned one year.
As for the thing that they enjoy doing together the most is cooking, and May told us that the first thing they have cooked together was pizza, which they later cooked for us.
May’s last advice was for moms to never forget to spend quality time with their kids, because sometimes they may get busy raising them, that they would neglect spending this quality time together. What she did was find a common hobby, and now Leen has obtained such a knowledge about cooking and food; seeing how she was practically raised in a kitchen.
“Happy Mother’s day, month, year, every day is a mother’s day.”
5 places that serve the best burgers in town
Burgers started to taste like actual beef when it became more than just a fast food meal, and now burger places are stuffed with people who appreciate fine gourmet. These restaurants are dominating the burger scene, and are constantly offering new toppings, new flavors and new burger inventions that appeal to the taste buds of foodaholics.
The following is a list of must try restaurants, for those of you who appreciate real meat.
The restaurant was praised years ago by one of the US biggest magazines, the Time. Not only was it casually mentioned, but the title also read ‘The world’s best hamburger is in Egypt.” So yeah, from all the states of America, the writer fell for Lucille’s burgers, and so will you!
2. Daddy’s burger
Targeting the ones with a good appetite and a stomach for real food. Daddy’s burger offers the juiciest burgers, and are also known for their cheese generosity. Besides their cheese filled burgers, they offer you a jar of cheese, so your burgers are stuffed and covered for cheese lovers! Too much cheese in a sentence? Well, so are their burgers!
Where: New Cairo, Nasr City, Sheikh Zayed
3. Country Hills
One of Alexandria’s famous restaurants finally made its way to Cairo with its delicious American food, the burgers are rich with ingredients and you can even order your burgers as double-patties. The restaurant is also known for its deep-dish pizzas, inspired from Chicago’s signature dish.
Where: Sheikh Zayed, Heliopolis
4. Willy’s kitchen
When asked about the size I want, I went for medium. But what came was a definite large to me! The sizes won’t disappoint and neither will the prices. A personal favorite is the Smoked House BBQ burger and their chili fries is a must side.
Where: Nasr City, Ad doqi
5. Maison Thomas
The restaurant is known for making the tastiest pizzas in town, and is now offering homemade juicy and fresh burgers, and they honestly exceeded expectations.
Where: Zamalek, Heliopolis, Rehab, Kattameya
Is Egypt Experiencing Shortage in Potatoes?
Egypt’s authorities are stepping in to fight a potato shortage that has caused prices for the staple to double at a time when Egyptians are struggling with steadily rising food costs.
Certain newspapers and TV stations have been publicising raids on warehouses where authorities say businessmen are hoarding potatoes to try to drive up prices. While for the first time, the Interior Ministry has begun selling potatoes at reduced prices at temporary outlets, drawing long lines of customers.
Let’s wait and see how we’ll be able to tackle this one. Hopefully, we’ll get ourselves out of this one same way we have with other things.
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