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Alia Askalany


Hailing from Mediterranean Alexandria, Alia El Askalany is energetic, creative, an avid foodie and a newly risen chef. After having her fair share of the corporate world, she pursued her culinary career from scratch by starting at Cordon Bleu London. After doing some more cooking with the likes of Jamie Oliver's Recipease, she came back totally inspired and launched her cozy cooking class concept - Lulu's Kitchen.

Kitchen Kulture: Eid Treats (Not Just A Full-On Meat Fest!)

Kitchen Kulture: Eid Treats (Not Just A Full-On Meat Fest!)

Just when you thought a whole month of Sahel season was enough of vacation, this one big Eid Al Adha break comes knocking and what better than to spend it partying or adventuring, whether in or out of Cairo, with your loved ones. With our heads focused on our tummies, I think it’s quite cute […]

Kitchen Kulture: 5 Recipes to Make Your Life Easier in Ramadan

Kitchen Kulture: 5 Recipes to Make Your Life Easier in Ramadan

Obsessed all day with what you’d like to break your fast with, that cold bottle of water gulped down as soon as you hear the adhan making you feel all human again, that buzz and headache at the same time in the aftermath of fasting, looking forward to that kick of coffee right after fitar, […]

Kitchen Kulture: 10 Quick and Yummy Chicken Recipes You Can Make for Iftar

Kitchen Kulture: 10 Quick and Yummy Chicken Recipes You Can Make for Iftar

It’s 4 pm. You have not had the energy or time to even think of what you need to cook or what you’d like to have for Iftar, despite your growling stomach. Ideally, it would be great to crash and wake up to a piping hot meal just in time for sunset. We feel you […]

Kitchen Kulture: 10 Alexandrian Dishes You Need in Your Life

Kitchen Kulture: 10 Alexandrian Dishes You Need in Your Life

Hailing from Alexandria myself, I always ate renowned local food at home, but some very delicious dishes stood out as specialties that will always be a part of Alex and its air and sea. Most of the foods that are local to Alex are seafood based (makes sense), but there are also other delectable dishes […]

Food Review: Richoux at Arkan Plaza

Food Review: Richoux at Arkan Plaza

My first encounter with Richoux was back in 2008 when I was studying in London and it was always a really special experience, from the moment you walk into the elegant dim but dainty tea house until the moment you lay your dessert spoon down to catch a breath after a delicious meal. I forgot about […]

Kitchen Kulture: Useful Tips and Tricks

Kitchen Kulture: Useful Tips and Tricks

Spending nearly every day in the kitchen plus teaching cooking classes has definitely opened my eyes to useful tricks that have proven to be vital. I can’t believe how much food I wasted food before and panicked in the kitchen! So let me share some tips with you – once you try them, you will […]

Food Review: Ayadina in Heliopolis

Food Review: Ayadina in Heliopolis

Colorful Lebanese hideaway in Cairo

Tucked away in one of the side streets of regularly traffic-oozing Heliopolis, Ayadina presents itself as the perfect serene hideaway. And what could be better, especially with amazing shisha flavors, awesome Lebanese delicacies and a really cool interior? Past the bright blue doors and prettily adorned stairs, which leave you wondering what lies behind them, […]

Kitchen Kulture: Bolognaise Sauce 101

Kitchen Kulture: Bolognaise Sauce 101

One of life’s simple pleasures (yummy, too!)

Being the foodie that I am, you might guess that when it comes to pasta I wouldn’t choose anything less than a seafood or a truffle-based sauce to accompany this Italian delicacy. However, bolognaise sauce always tops my list. Maybe because I am a carnivore at heart, maybe because it’s simply one of the richest […]

Q&A: Yasmine Yeya

Q&A: Yasmine Yeya

As the wedding gown couturier in Egypt, it’s always wedding season for Yasmine Yeya. Her rise may seem rapid to observers, but, as she shares with Alia Askalany in this interview, Yeya’s journey – including milestones like Ellie Saab’s Mission: Fashion LBC show, her own sister’s wedding and dressing celebrities across the Arab world – […]

Kitchen Kulture: ‘The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook’ Review

Kitchen Kulture: ‘The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook’ Review

The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook: A gorgeous new approach to Egyptian cuisine

“I like to think that Cairo Kitchen is at its heart a kitchen, rather than a restaurant” – Suzanne El Zeidy – co owner of Cairo Kitchen and author of The Cairo Kitchen Cookbook. Gracing the Egyptian food scene in the hustling and bustling capital for over a year now, Cairo Kitchen has definitely succeeded […]

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