Friday, June 09, 2006

Bar Al Hufra

This one is suppose to be one of the HOTTEST and interesting experience you will have in Tripoli,

The place is located on Bin-Assure street while hitting eastwards (east of Qadisiyah square) on the south side of the street next to a Quranic school or a mosque, the entry to the famous place almost looks as if you are entering a basement or a dangeon of some sort, the place is a small room with a fridge that is filled with soda pop* and a counter stuffed with baguette bread, the owner is a man in his sixties, proud and full of history, you can ask questions about almost any thing and he will drag the conversation right and left and to the corners as well. O.K. here's what you are going to have there:
A Tuna Fish sandwich, that's all he serves!!!
A sandwich that will test your taste buds to the extreme, filled with Tuna and (Harissa)HOT pepper sauce. The hot pepper is mixed with coriander and some other spices, I guess that's where the secret lays as usuall: in the sauce.
Libyans are fond of their Tuna fish sandwiches, it is equal to the juicy burger that Americans love at home. The experience is made better by finishing the first sandwich real quick and starting the second, make sure you visit the tuna sandwich bar with a slightly filled tummy other wise the experience can be ruined later since it is really HOT, the taste is worth it though.
Enjoy and welcome to Libya
*Regional Note: Generic terms for carbonated soft drinks vary widely in the United States. Probably the two most common words competing for precedence are soda, used in the northeast United States as well as St. Louis and vicinity, and pop, used from the Midwest westward. In the South any soft drink, regardless of flavor or brand name, is referred to as a Coke, cold drink, or just plain drink. Speakers in Boston and its environs have a term of their own: tonic. Such a variety of regional equivalents is unusual for a product for which advertising is so aggressive and universal; usually advertising has the effect of squeezing out regional variants. On the other hand, there are so many types and flavors of soft drinks that perhaps no single generic word has ever emerged to challenge the regionalisms.