Torshi serves Epyptian food on Frenchmen Street | Food and drink | Gambit Weekly

Rafik Abohattab doesn’t serve “Middle Eastern” food at Torshi, his new restaurant on Frenchmen Street. In fact, he avoids even saying what he considers a colonial insult to the Arab world. “Middle East of where?” says the Cairo-born restaurateur. “Of England, that’s where — which shouldn’t matter to anybody anymore.” 

Abohattab is passionate about his home country’s cuisine. The 36-year-old entrepreneur has lived in New Orleans for 12 years and, in fact, used to wash dishes at Mona’s on Frenchmen Street, where he opened his restaurant in early April.

“Now I have keys to the restaurant,” he says. “That’s the

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BEST BITES: Blue’s Cafe knows breakfast | Food & Drink

“Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life.” — A. A. Gill

Did you ever watch those television shows from the ‘50s and ‘60s for instance, “The Donna Reed Show” or “Leave It To Beaver”? You know the ones with Moms wearing lace aprons and pearls while preparing a beautiful breakfast for their family? Clean kitchens, perfect children and always time for talk over pancakes.

But how many people have time for a leisurely breakfast in the morning? I certainly don’t! During my week it’s

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Best Denver Food and Drink Things to Do This Week

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Over the next few days, you can get tipsy and eat pretzels, eat cheese, spell words, go shopping, make more drinks. And don’t forget that Denver Restaurant Week deals are in place all week at more than 200 participating restaurants, and Dining Out for Life is making it easy to chip in for a good cause.

After filling in your schedule for the next few days, keep reading for more food and drink events to add to your culinary calendar

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‘Built for pandemics’: Food carts find ways to stay viable during pandemic | Food & Drink

“I wouldn’t say anyone had great luck, but people did survive,” Blake-Horst said. “Most of our food carts are coming back.”

With help from a street vending staff member, Blake-Horst said she’s spent the last two months checking in with food cart vendors and sidewalk cafe operators, letting them know that the city has extended their licenses.

She’s been talking by phone with new operators and those looking to start businesses. “I think people are optimistic that they’ll have opportunities this summer and into the next year.”

For 2020 and 2021, the city waived licensing fees for current and new

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Breaking down three of Columbia’s popular burritos, from inspiration to composition | Food & Drink

In its purest form, the burrito is a tortilla and fillings — bean, rice, protein of some sort and whatever else — wrapped together to make a contained meal.

That base has shifted little over the decades, but there are still plenty of variations on the formula. There are the large, overstuffed burritos popularized by the chain Chipotle (inspired by the behemoths that originated in San Francisco’s Mission district) and there are others that are more subtle and focused on different ingredients.

And in Columbia, there are several popular spots who serve their own variations.

One place that is showing

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Stressed and overworked? Lai Lai Wok is the cure you need : Food & Drink : Smile Politely

After pulling an all-nighter and powering through two interviews in the morning, I was in no mood to cook. Luckily, I had UberEats downloaded on my phone and knew exactly what I wanted to eat. During my undergraduate years, my friends and I would meet at Lai Lai Wok to catch up and to share delicious family style Chinese food. Ever since, the restaurant’s food has become comforting for me as I look back on those fond memories of how we used to help each other serve steaming rice or bok choy with garlic.

Lai Lai Wok is one of

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