Gluten Free Moroccan Iftar Ideas

Ramadan will be here in just a few weeks and many people are starting to prepare. Here in Morocco my husband’s sisters and mom have begun cleaning, making cookies, and stocking the freezer to get prepared. When we lived in the US I also began getting ready weeks ahead of time – now I let them handle it. Over the next four weeks I am going to share a post of iftar ideas based on different dietary types. Many recipes will be my own but I also may include other recipes that I think would make great iftar items. This…

Moroccan Nous Nous

How to Make Moroccan Coffee {Nous Nous}

Morocco doesn’t have the coffee culture that a lot of Middle Eastern countries do. Coffee is almost never a breakfast drink though it’s common to see men drinking espresso beginning mid-morning. Here drinking coffee means pulling up a chair in a cafe and sitting for awhile. You’d never see a Moroccan standing at a bar and drinking coffee, nor would you see them walking with a cup of coffee in their hand. When Starbucks opened in Marrakech I was beyond excited that I could get a giant cup of coffee (by giant I mean over 6oz) and that I could…

Eating in Punta Cana

Not to Miss Local Food in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It’s easy to get swept up in hotel food buffets or high-end dining when visiting the Caribbean. However, some of the best food you can eat is local food – what the people who live here are eating! Book a room in an affordable Punta Cana hotel and jump in a taxi to discover some of the best bites this island has to offer. Dominican food is a mixture of African, Spanish, and Taino Indian influences — a melting pot of cuisine! Mangu This is a very simple dish that is often served for breakfast. Green plantains are boiled and…

Riad Cooking Class

How to: Make an Authentic Berber Tajine at Riad Quara – Marrakech

It’s safe to say that the only meal I’ve made more than tajine is pasta. But, my love for both has yet to run dry and I’ll never turn down the chance to learn more and have fun in a cooking class. While some people never grow tired of shopping, I never grow tired of cooking. Last month I popped into Riad Quara in Marrakech to test drive their cooking course.

Door Details Karawan Riad

An Anniversary Stay at Fes’ Newest Luxury Riad

“We’ve spent ten years building our riad and we’d love for you to come and stay.” I’ll admit this is not a conversation I have every day. But, it’s certainly a great way to get my attention. Ten years? My mind raced as I considered just how much time, attention, and love must have gone into restoring this riad. Without blinking I accepted as my curiosity got the best of me. Valerie, one of the owners of Karawan Riad, was more than helpful as we planned a midweek getaway to Fez. It’s about a five hour drive from Marrakech on…

North african food

Where to Eat North African Food in Montreal

Which city in North America feel more like a city in France than Canada? If you guessed Montreal you would be right. This unique Franco-Anglo city blends the best of both worlds creating a truly unique destination. Book a stay in a memorable Montreal hotel and then set out to explore. While you’ll be kept busy exploring art museums, athletic events, and culture of this Canadian gem your stomach needs some indulging too. You might be surprised (or maybe not) to know Montreal has some great North African food. Immigrants from France and former French colonies have integrated into this…

Save Money on Your Orlando Vacation

How to Take an Orlando Vacation on a Budget

We started visiting Orlando when I was barely out of diapers. You can say my travel bug bit on the long car rides from northern Wisconsin to the Sunshine State. The ultimate Midwestern spring break trip in the 1990’s? Disney World. My family, plus grandma and grandpa, piled into my grandparents’ full-size van early one morning, and the adults took turns driving through the night while my sister and I folded down the back seat to a bed, sprawled out, and watched movie after movie. The vacations of legends! A few years ago, my mom and I decided we needed…

Ultimate List of Morocco Resources

The Ultimate List of Morocco Experiences

What if I told you that in one blog post you could find dozens of the best blog posts on the internet all related to visiting Morocco? You’ve found that place! I have searched high and low to find as many valuable blog posts about Morocco as possible and add them all here. Of course you can always search my archives to find posts about Morocco (and I’ve mixed them into this post as well) but it’s always good to have as many opinions as possible. I’m certain you’ll find plenty of what you’re looking for here – and if…