With TBE's lensman on assignment (not for us), TBE has been forced to use this gross approximation of the golden brown color one should aspire to when making grilled cheese.
TBE recently went through a thoroughly disheartening financial crisis unheard of in the annals of modern and postmodern journalism. As such, we were in no position to enjoy the lavish buffets and champagne-fueled lunches to which our staff had become accustomed. Instead we set our sights on those luxuries that were still within reach. That is how we developed an intimate acquaintance with grilled cheese, a very precise recipe for which follows after the jump, along with a song to inspire you.
TBE and Adams Morgan go back many years, and since we’ve been reunited like Peaches & Herb, we decided to highlight a few of our favorite dishes in the neighborhood as part of our Omnibus Summer Guide #4080.
After a couple weeks in the wilds of Colorado, TBE’s Americas correspondent is spending some time in Washington, DC.
Photo Credit: Chris Chen of “My Life as a Contact Sheet.”
A plethora of readers have written in asking TBE for an insiders’ guide to Paris. They’ve inspired us to write this quick travel guide, as part of TBE’s “Omnibus Summer Guide #4080.”
If old Marcel P. was still alive, there can be no doubt that he would dine at Itinéraires.
TBE interrupts its previously scheduled vacation to bring you the following updates:
LOL Smiley Face.
Someone has taken it upon her or himself to make a bunch of academic articles about the Middle East available for free.
Camels’ Milk Chocolate.
Banksy does Africa.
Beck, last seen making good music on Sea Change, thought of a nice gimmick: He gathered a bunch of musicians to play covers of classic albums. The first one is The Velvet Underground and Nico. The results are pretty nice.
LOL Smiley Face: Trey Songz feat. Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy
It sure is strange that old corporate-type people don’t know how to do things like use the internet. One businessman who has scaled the commanding heights of the Egyptian economy recently told TBE that he didn’t know how to type, because when he was younger typing was a secretary’s job, and he thought that if he learned how to do it then people would think less of him. When TBE hears about people with job titles like tech consultant we think it must be a scam, like how could someone get paid to set up twitters for old people or whatever? But then we remember that lots of old people are distinctly incapable of doing so.
What really drove this point home to us is the way Soulja Boy, a rapper with little discernible talent, has used social networking to “take his brand to the next level,” and how older rappers (and by old we mean mid-20s and above) who may be more talented can’t keep up because he accomplishes the task of integrated marketing in such a clever and intuitive way. Business school students or professors looking to make a big splash should write a case study about Soulja Boy.
TBE is a longtime fan of GAD’s fiteer, particularly (q)ishta wa ‘asl. You can imagine our excitement at the prospect of a new GAD opening on Midan Falaki. We thought we might have recalled this prospective GAD a couple years back, in roughly the same state of limbo in which it exists today, but a peek behind the curtains showed that all or most of the kitchen and serving equipment was installed and ready to start churning out fiteer and other GADian delicacies. This led us to believe that it would be only a matter of days or a few short weeks before a very conveniently located GAD would be adorning our taste buds, far from the madding crowds (and long waits) of the 26th July location.