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Zooba Opens in NYC and Dr Rania Al-Mashat Attends the Soft Opening

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The Egyptian fast-casual restaurant ‘Zooba‘ is now serving New Yorkers our favorite Falafel and their soft opening was attended by Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, who was present to show tremendous support to the the young men behind Zooba.

We certainly loved seeing the young men extends their success to the big apple and we loved it even more that Dr Mashat made sure to attend the opening, even have dinner with the boys, in support of Egyptian effort.

Dr Mashat highlighted the fact that opening Egyptian food chains in foreign countries comes as part of ‘People to People‘ campaign, which sheds the light on successful Egyptians who are acing it in different fields.

“Culinary arts became one of the tourist attractions for some countries. The traditional food dishes show each country’s identity. In addition, the traditional food became a part of the experience which any tourist search for,” She said.

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𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 #𝗖𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗼, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 #𝗡𝗲𝘄𝗬𝗼𝗿𝗸. Happy to have joined the @Zooba team in the soft opening of their new branch at one of #NewYork’s trendiest districts. Today, gastronomy has become a central part of the tourism sector with many of the world’s tourists traveling to destinations in search of local and authentic cuisine, a way of immersing themselves into the cultural experience and heritage of a country. Culinary tourism plays a very important role in telling our story, transporting #Egypt’s narrative across borders. Congratulations @Zooba! سعدت بحضور الافتتاح التجريبي لفرع مطعم "زوبة" المصري في مدينة نيويورك الأمريكية ، حيث قام مؤسسو "زوبة" باختيار منطقة متميزة لإقامة المطعم ليتعرف أهل نيويورك وزائروها على الأكلات المصرية الأصيلة التي من شأنها تعريفهم بالثقافة المحلية للشعب المصري، وهو احد محاور الترويج لمصر من خلال حملة People to People كل التوفيق لسلسلة مطاعم "زوبة" !

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Egyptian-American founder Chris Khalifa, along with head chef and co-founder Moustafa El Refaey, opened Zooba back in 2012. Zooba is based already in six locations in Cairo, now in NYC and soon to open in KSA.

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It doesn’t get much more ‘Cairo’ than this.

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The restaurant offers classics, as well as twists, on Egyptian street food and their menu includes local variant of falafel that are made with fava beans instead of chickpeas.

You can now pay the restaurant if you’re in New York at 100 Kenmare Street, NY. 

 

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Foods That Can Help Boost Your Immune System

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The coronavirus sure imposes a great threat on all of us and while we can’t completely eliminate the risk, one thing we can do is eat healthier food that can help boost our immune system which is responsible for fighting the virus.

So stay safe and plan your meals to include the following powerful immune system booster!

Citrus fruits

Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.

Popular citrus fruits include:

  • grapefruit
  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • lemons
  • limes
  • clementines

Red bell peppers

Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene.

Broccoli

Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber.

Garlic

Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

Spinach

Not only is Spinach rich with Vitamin C, it’s also filled with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene.

Almonds

Nuts, such as almonds, contain vitamin E and also include healthy fats.

Shellfish

Varieties of shellfish that are high in zinc include:

  • crab
  • clams
  • lobster
  • mussels

Yogurt

Yogurt are a great source of vitamin D, so try to select brands fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D helps in regulating the immune system and can boost your body’s natural defenses against diseases.

Papaya

Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C.

Kiwi

Kiwis are naturally full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C.

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Egypt Made it To the Top of the List Using Oranges

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For years, Egypt has been well known for exporting a lot of our unique ancient Egyptian cotton and as you know, most things we import are from China. Everything you own probably has an imprint on it claiming that it was “made in China“.

Which is why we were genuinely proud and happy to hear that Egypt has finally overtaken Spain as the top orange exporter worldwide!

Spain was always well known for their citrusy oranges that has been a top seller for years and years. We’re glad to finally hear the Egypt beat Spain and is currently the top orange exporter worldwide according to Abdel Hamid el Demerdash, the head of the Agriculture Exporting Council.

The year before, charts and graphs showed that Spain was dominating regarding the orange market and trading. This year though, it is shown that Spain has ranked second to Egypt for the first time in history! What?

According to Demerdash, Egypt tends to earn an income of $1 billion dollars a year off of oranges. Ever since 2017, Egypt was keen on making it to the top of the list by showing people how our country grown oranges are the best. Since then, 17% has increased annually on exporting oranges.

It is known that Brazil, India, China, US and Mexico are the top producers for citrus, but all of their citrus goes into domestic consumption rather than exporting and importing.

Egypt’s cheaper and healthier oranges have been flooding the market world wide and has made it on the top shelves of Myanmar, Japan, Russia, Europe, and even Uruguay!

The government has been working in expanding the amount and acres of farmland throughout the years to allow a larger profit and income to enter our country. Egypt has also been a powerful exporter in terms of Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, and even Grapes!

Egypt had faced difficulties in 2017 when Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and even Sudan had banned our fruits from entering their market due to the amount of pesticides induced in the vegetables and fruits thus violating international health and safety standards! Yikes!

Which is why we’re left dumbfounded and honestly quite impressed at the amount of positive remarks and changes we’ve been making recently! Watch out people because Egypt is booming!

 

 

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Kim Kardashian’s Plant Based Diet for a Perfect Body

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Plant Based Diet

We all dream of having the ideal body and perfect health, yet not all of us are capable of keeping up with our health, I mean who doesn’t enjoy junk food? Famous celebrity Kim Kardashian, mostly known for her body, reveals that the secret to her perfect figure is behind the food she eats.

Did you guys know that Kim’s diet is solely based on plants and vegetables? Not only does the mother of 4 strict herself to these nourishing platters, but she also lets her entire family follow the same plant based meals every day and encourages Kanye to support such a decision!

Kim decided to make a major shift in her life and change the way she’s eating back in 2019. The thing is, at home is the only time she eats plant based dishes, when outside enjoying her life, she definitely prompts for a pizza. It’s important to balance out your life rather than cut things off completely.

From sweet potatoes to seasoned avocado slices, you name it, Kim eats it all! Beauty Queen Beyonce has also recently urged her fans to embrace a meat-free regimen. Throughout her entire journey, Kim shares delicious healthy recipes on her fan base to encourage people for healthier better alternatives to eat.

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Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip :This is what Kim tends to have as a snack! Rather than eat chips with a can of soda, choose a healthier alternative!

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Vegan Tacos: You could still eat your usual food, what’s important is that you add healthy veggies and plants.

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A Mexican Meal: A delicious way of getting the right amount of protein into your system!

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Fruit and Granola Bowl with Vegan Eggs and Sausage: Tasty breakfast with your normal fruits, nuts, and smoothies alongside Vegan Eggs and Sausages! Colorful!

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Sea Moss Smoothie and Avocado Toast :   Another great way of having a healthy breakfast or snack even!

 

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Sweet Potato Hash with Avocado Slices: The picture says it all, I mean who wouldn’t want to eat these delicious food?

Another interesting controversial issue Kim addresses is that even though vegetable and plants may not taste as delicious as juicy burgers, it does not mean that you can’t make it delicious. It’s your kitchen and you’re your own chef so cook and mix things as you please, what’s important is that you balance out  your meals and truly focus on feeding your body healthy meals that will help you flourish rather than get sick and sometimes even food poisoning.

The reason why Kim chose to change her lifestyle altogether was not just for a healthy prosperous life, but also because she suffers from Psoriasis, a skin condition that makes the skin extremely itchy and also very dry

Making time for yourself is the most important part of your entire journey here on earth. Self love is a crucial first step one needs to not only achieve but also overcome, because this is the reason we’re here in the first place aren’t we? Queen K encourages her fans to take a change by posting her delicious meals as well as helps teach her fans the importance of self love.

There you have it guys, a full insight on Kimmie’s day to day healthy lifestyle. Why don’t you guys try it by trying a plant based diet for week one? Give it a go and you could cook similar delicious meals, it’s a game changer! Healthier food means healthier mind and body, the perfect combo!

 

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