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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Exploring Egypt from Home

Hey, hey! I'm back with another Destination Date Night. This time we visited the pyramids in Egypt. If you can't travel, you might as well make the best of it. We had a great "view" of the Great Pyramid and the Sphynx.

Things are super stressful right now, so any break from reality is nice. We've been doing little things, like going to corn mazes, taking virtual tours, and walking our neighborhood to look at Halloween decorations. There are still things to enjoy and be safe. I have a handful of friends who've been fruit-picking a ton this month. You just have to look for different opportunities or ask friends what they're doing. 

I've been thinking a lot about Egypt. This has been on my travel list for a while, and my name is, unintentionally, Middle Eastern (my parents mashed two names together) and it's pretty popular among Egyptians. Eventually, we'll get there, but until then, we've got this.

This date night gave me vibes from The Mummy (circa 1999), so I pulled together a quick little table setting with this cute little aloe plant and vintage-feel hourglass, then finished with this Anubis statue I purchased specifically for this. I meant to use a gold tablecloth for this that I already had, but I had purchased a rust table cover for another thing, so I decided to use it for this for extra color, but still keep with a neutral palette. I also used my gorgeous blue and gold melamine dishes by Opalhouse.

I ordered dinner ahead from a great Middle Eastern restaurant. We tried to choose things we've not tried before. We started with Kashkeh Bademjan - similar to Baba Ganoush -  and "big bread", which is basically giant naan. Then we moved on to Mirza Ghasemi, a roasted eggplant dish with rice, and Kotlet, a ground beef, potato, and onion patty inside a wrap with tzatziki sauce. 

While we ate, we took a tour inside a pyramid and a river tour down the Nile with a couple of vloggers. They took a 3-day cruise that included all their meals and it was highly affordable: 200 Euros. Even if that's for one person, it's one of the cheapest tours you'd be able to do anywhere for everything included. We also took a highlights trip. 

As with all our dates, we ended with dessert. We took a short break so I could whip up a batch of Sahlab, a milk pudding drink that's served warm and topped with cinnamon, coconut, or pistachios or a combo. It was quick and easy. I served it with our dessert sampler, which came with rice pudding, baklava, baklava cake and kanafeh (a really cool cheese and shredded phyllo dish). We learned a bit about hieroglyphs while we indulged. 

This was a surprisingly romantic date, and we got a small heater for our back porch, so now we can continue to have outdoor dinners through winter without freezing to death. With dinner and our backdrops, plus my souvenir Anubis, we spent around $105. Egypt is a great destination if you are looking to try your hand at ethnic foods. And if you're not, and you don't want to order out, you can get many of the staples for a fantastic dinner at Trader Joe's, including dessert. 

If you want to do your own destination Egypt date, here are some things to make it more memorable:

Make this a few hours or  a whole day event with your special person or your family. Learn to write your name in hieroglyphs, play games with your kids, take a an online class about the Egyptian gods. The possibilities are endless. 

Have you ever been to Egypt? If so, what was your favorite thing? If not, what do you look forward to the most?

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