When I arrived in Cairo, I was treated to a long nosebleed from my host, the American University of Cairo, about how at many places it wasn't safe to eat. A few of them were the same as the US -- street vendors -- as there are no health codes in Egypt, but the storefront places are also a deadly threat. So, in my first two weeks here, I wandered over to the 26th of July Street, the main drag on posh Zemalik Island, where I live. It's Fifth Avenue gone neon and Bladerunner, with lots of tacky shops offering just about everything. In the early, highly paranoid days of my arrival in Egypt, there were two places I went to get safe food: La Bodega and Maison Thomas.