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Lifestyle Highlight: Spirit of solidarity

A little bit of sister solidarity is a good thing, particularly during October, a month marked internationally as Breast Cancer Awareness month. The women of El Horreya Designs are marking this month with a small bag, similar to the wildly successful series of makeup and toiletries bags that have been selling like hotcakes in local …

Daily News Egypt Authors

Swiss seek to settle debate over the true fondue

It s dinnertime and farmers are dipping bread cubes into a molten pot of melted cheese, an image of Switzerland s rustic mountainsides and garrets as iconic as Heidi at her chalet or men in embroidered vests playing 10-foot-long Alphorns. The classic fondue is still a mainstay of the Swiss diet, and good fondues can …

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2 swine flu vaccine doses for kids under 10 likely

Test results of its swine flu vaccine suggest that children under 10 are likely to need two shots to be fully protected, vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur said Wednesday. Federal officials said the news is not surprising, since this age group needs two doses of regular seasonal flu vaccine the very first time they ever are …

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Who said men don't like dressing up?

From porcupine hats worn once-upon-a-time to bright silk socks and garters today, men it seems love dressing up. Featuring old Papua New Guinea necklaces of human teeth and ivory nose-rings as well as the extravagant designer suits paraded in poor Congo by today s sapeur movement, a show opening Thursday in Paris revisits men s …

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Gene therapy for Parkinson's "encouraging" in early trials

A gene therapy for Parkinson s disease that has been tested on lab monkeys is showing good early results in a small-scale trial on humans, French researchers said on Wednesday. The therapy entails taking three genes that produce dopamine, a key neurochemical that is depleted in Parkinson s. The genes are then inserted into a …

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Autocar magazine rolls into Egypt

As undergraduates at the American University in Cairo, lifelong friends Omar Khalifa and Omar Mansour dreamt of opening up their own magazine. Though their studies and families diverted their attention for a while, they finally pursued their dreams and, just a few years after graduating, they managed to bring the world’s oldest car magazine to …

Safaa Abdoun

Art of Form: Where some aspire and others buy sofas

It opened its doors June 6, 2009, and today, Art of Form sits like a gleaming glass gift box on the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, offering patrons modern furniture that doesn’t ignore local taste. As one store of the still under-construction strip mall Designopolis, Art of Form has firmly established itself as a veritable trove of …

Heba Elkayal

Beauty bug bites Beirut's littlest

Mia may be only seven years old but the Lebanese youngster knows what she wants: a manicure and pedicure in purple, a golden star stenciled onto her hair, and a facial. And while many an older woman may struggle over what works best for the complexion, to little Mia the answer is simple: chocolate. It …

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Wild Guanabana offers an alternative philosophy on travel

At the peak of the current economic meltdown, the worst the world has seen in decades, famed Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra s heart was racing as he prepared to break the news to his boss at the time. He was going to quit. Ever since he graduated from college Samra, the first Egyptian to climb …

Heba El-Sherif

Night at an Afghani country fair

It could be a scene right out of a country western song, dirt roads, Ferris wheel and kids playing under the bright neon lights but this isn’t rural Wyoming but rather Mara-e-Sharif Afghanistan. When we pulled up I couldn’t believe my eyes; not only was there a Ferris wheel but also a swing ride and …

Ian Lee

Seasonless dressing gets nod at NY Fashion Week

The styles shown over the last eight days at New York Fashion Week are meant for next spring – not that you’d know it.The collections in previews wrapping up Thursday have been more covered-up than usual. Leather, suede, long sleeves and black have been all over the runways.There were nods to the season – leather …

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Shwarma Al-Reem brings a taste of Jordan to Egypt

Arguably the best Shwarma in the Middle East is located on a random traffic circle in Amman, Jordan Ask anyone who has spent some time in Amman about Restaurant Al-Reem Karam and watch their eyes light up as they describe the best shwarma Jordan has to offer and arguably the entire Middle East. “Reem as …

Daily News Egypt

Four Seasons spa offers an 'oasis of tranquility'

Ask any woman in Egypt about the secret behind beautiful skin and scrubbing is bound to be stressed as a key ingredient in the wealth of age-old beauty recipes you’ll be flooded with. A more professional opinion would explain that body scrubs remove dead skin cells and help blood circulation. This is why, when presented …

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A Khawaga's Fast: Week Four: Fasting in Afghanistan

As the plane door opens on the tarmac, dust fills my mouth. Parched from traveling and now from the dust, I exit the plane and enter the high Afghan capital. The purpose of my trip is two parts. The first is to visit a college friend who is getting married and two, to report my …

Ian Lee

Muslim women get pig-free cosmetics

For Muslim women who feel they are violating Islam’s teachings by using skin creams with alcohol and pig residues, Layla Mandi has the answer: religiously-correct “halal cosmetics. The Canadian makeup artist who converted to Islam is marketing cosmetics called OnePure, which she says have the luxury feel of international brands minus the elements banned under …

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How to wear fall trends in Cairo

With good cool weather blessing Egyptians recently, and fall collections hitting stores from Beymen to Zara, fall fashion considerations are taking up much of one’s thoughts. As always, the question is how to translate what’s on the runways and in stores to Egyptian streets and one’s lifestyle in the city? Cairo is not a hip …

Heba Elkayal

A little care goes a long way

CAIRO: When Kareem Farid decided to settle in his hometown, Cairo, after jetting around the world as a regional project manager in the banking industry, he wanted to offer the residents of his city services that are missing. Cairo We Care was born offering services people always wished were available but have traditionally are not. …

Safaa Abdoun

Funked up crafts make for more than just authentic souvenirs

For Khan El-Khalili’s frequent shoppers, a miniature Nefertiti statue that’s labeled ‘Made in China’ has become a common site that carries a great deal of disappointment. The labyrinthine-street market that was once known for its authentic Egyptian-made souvenirs now features stalls of Chinese-made goods, inspired by the Pharaohs, sold by Egyptians. And that’s not a …

Heba El-Sherif

A Khawaga's Fast: Week three: Failure is not an option

Anybody who has been through an orientation about living abroad knows this graph, I first encountered it when I studied abroad in Jordan during college. It’s a line that depicts a typical emotional experience during one’s time in the foreign country. First the line inclines sharply with the excitement of living in a fresh environment. …

Ian Lee

An adventure of flavor at Torii

Once a former palace, the Marriott in Zamalek tries to live up to its royal pedigree. And the complex culinary adventure offered by Torii’s Stamina menu is nothing short of fit for a king. But the experience begins long before the food is brought to the table. As my friend and I enter the dimly …

Ian Lee

Creating virtual recipe box can be a snap

For years, I have tucked away recipe cards of all shapes and sizes in nooks and crannies of my kitchen, determined that one day I would actually use them. Sadly, for many recipes, that day never came, partly because they were so disorganized. But cooking has been on my mind lately, thanks to Meryl Streep …

Daily News Egypt

Don't divorce, go on holiday, says Indian tour operator

Marriage hit the rocks? Considering a divorce? An Indian tour operator wants warring couples to hold off consulting lawyers and go on holiday instead – with a relationship counselor in tow. KV Tours and Travels, based in India s financial capital of Mumbai, has launched divorce tourism packages, designed to get spouses who have fallen …

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A Khawaga's First Fast: Week two: The highs and lows of fasting

How long have you been fasting? is a question I am typically asked. Slightly confused by the question, I respond by saying, “Since the first day. For most people, they can’t believe that I’ve been fasting the entire time, which I haven’t quite figured out why. But they tell me how happy they are to …

Ian Lee

Lifestyle Highlight: Dan's Juice Bar

The concept of fresh juice drinks and smoothies is not new to Cairo, but Dan juice on Maadi’s Road 9 has a little something extra. For starters, they have the best harankash (gooseberry) juice in the city. It lacks the usual bitterness, is sweet and sugary, and is the perfect beverage to drink at night …

Heba Elkayal

Lifestyle Highlight: Ramadan Tents

Like the 50 Ramadan drama series that have aired this year, there seems to be many Ramadan Tents vying for patrons and attention this year, all hoping to have that magic formula for success. Tents erected during the month become the alternative for all other dining outlets where one socializes. It’s about antakha, an Arabic …

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A Khawaga's First Fast: Week One

Bang. Bang. Bang. “Na’am, I say half asleep. “Sohour, says a voice behind my hotel door. I get dressed and look at my watch. It’s 2:50 am. I wipe the sleep from my eyes as I step out into the humid, Red Sea air of Dahab. It is the first meal of the first day …

Ian Lee

A treasure trove of fashionable finds

Mona Afifi and Sherifa Mahmoud have partnered up to create Style-Treasure, Egypt’s first online boutique and the Middle East’s third. Why? Because in our frenzied city something as simple as buying milk can become a Herculean task as one navigates traffic, crowds and limited parking space at any desired shopping outlet. “I’ve been an online …

Heba Elkayal

Fairmont Nile City will redefine Cairo's five-star experience

Due to launch this October, Fairmont Nile City is bringing in a new wave of sophistication to Cairo s five-star experience. Both elegant and organically influenced, 1920s’ art deco concepts are paired with earthy contemporary furniture, an elegant fusion that will guarantee guests’ ultimate comfort. Daily News Egypt was among the press team invited in …

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Italian city bars Muslim 'burqini' swimsuit

The anti-immigration mayor of a northern Italian city has barred Muslim women from wearing the controversial body-concealing swimsuit known as a burqini, a report said Wednesday. Women wearing the garment made up of a veil, a tunic and loose leggings face a fine of ?500 ($700) if spotted at swimming pools or riversides in the …

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