Egypt: Café Riche / by Justin Merriman

Throughout the last month I've had many amazing opportunities as I've traveled through Egypt on assignment for my newspaper, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, with our foreign correspondent Betsy Hiel.  I've witnessed history unfolding, seen some amazing sights, and met some fascinating and colorful people. I've decided to share some of my favorite outtakes from my travels here on my blog.  

Muhammad Hussayn Sadek, more famously known as Filfil (meaning black pepper in Arabic), has been a waiter at Café Riche since 1943. The renowned downtown Cairo cafe was opened in 1908 and has been a place where intellectuals and artists have gathered since it's beginnings.