How would you get around a city if the streets had no signs? If nobody paid any attention to turn signals or traffic lights?
I am getting used to rolling down my window and stretching my left arm when I want to turn left. The one advice I keep hearing is” Be bold, this is the only way to survive driving in this town”.
Tonight, I was picking up a friend and called her asking for directions; she said: ” Drive 200 meters and you will see an army tank, turn left and take the street in front of the Epi d’Or bakery, next to the Hamasny nut roaster, then go up 300 meters and turn right in front of the red house, then go down towards the torn down gas station, you will see my street, except it is a one-way ”
I found the tank, unfortunately there were several army tanks in her neighborhood and so it was the wrong tank. I did see a red house, but it was also the wrong house, the shade of red of the house she had in mind was more a burgundy; I finally stopped the car in the middle of a street, next to a market she knew, and she came and met me.
During Ramadan, nourishing drinks are on display in the front shelves of every market in town. This one has a light and sweet flavor and of course munching on the pine nuts while drinking it is part of the pleasure.
Pour three tablespoons of grenadine syrup in a 12 ounces glass ( or substitute pomegranate juice); add water and a teaspoon of rose water. Stir. Add some pine nuts (previously soaked in water for one hour or longer). Serve.
NOTE: If using pomegranate juice, I recommend squeezing a couple of juicy pomegranates (the way you would an orange) and adding some sugar or sugar syrup to sweeten it well.
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