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Korean Barbecue Stir Fry with Barley

Yesterday was officially the first day of winter but winter is an elusive thing here in Morocco. There are so many things I forgot about that I had a little bit of “winter shock” when we were in Germany last weekend. In Marrakech we’re blessed to still have long days in winter. The sun doesn’t set until close to 6pm and rises around 7:15am. A far cry from the 9am sun rise and 3:30pm sunset in Berlin! The skies are usually clear and we have a variety of food in the markets, because it can grow year round. But, the…

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The BEST Food Tours in the World

Food tours are my favorite way to experience a destination. Whenever we are going somewhere new the first thing I look for is a food tour. This is also how we came up with the idea to start our own food tour in Marrakech. If you have never taken one, I highly recommend it! They are popping up all over the world and can be very broadly focused (ex: the best of Rome) or narrowly focused (ex: Chocolate of Brussels). Really you might be very surprised what you find! I’ve been on many tours in several countries and after running…

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Marrakech: 2030 – A Future Vision of Sustainability

I first came to Marrakech in 2004 and the city then compared to the city now, were very different things. It had been five years since King Mohamed VI had come to power and he was just settling in, the people were adjusting to a new status quo and in many ways a new way of life. The gates of the country were being opened to tourists, albeit slowly but with the promise that there would be much more. The edges of Marrakech weren’t lined with hotels and nightclubs yet. There were riads but the big foreign ownership boom hadn’t happened…

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Sicilian Citrus Shark Filets for the Feast of the Seven Fishes

Have you heard of the Feast of the Seven Fishes? In Southern Italian and Italian American homes on Christmas Eve a meal of seven fish (and seafood) dishes is served. Roman Catholics used to (and some still do) on specific days of the week and holy days. Christmas Eve is one of those times where they abstained from meat, dairy, and butter. It’s not why the number seven emerged as the number of dishes to serve but there are many cases were 7 is used in the Catholic church. It appears over 700 times in the Bible, is the number of…

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17 Books that Inspire Travel

Many people have asked me how an American girl from the rural Midwestern United States ended up traveling the world and calling Morocco home. I have just one answer. Books! I began reading before I was in kindergarten and today you’ll still find me with shelves full of books and now a Kindle loaded with even more. I didn’t fit in when I was in school and spent a good deal of time at the mercy of bullies. But, I always had my books to whisk me to faraway places that I dreamed I would one day visit. I’m not…

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Digging Deep into the Mountains of Mythical Peloponnese

Our recent trip to Greece concluded with a few days in the Peloponnese region. It’s the part of Greece that hangs off the bottom and looks like an octopus. I had been here over 15 years ago but had only visited the ancient city of Mycenae so was excited to see what else we would see. There were three things that stuck out for MarocBaba and me. 1) Hiking in the Lousios Gorge 2) Walking through a cave that was millions of years old. 3) Visiting a family winery, cooking a traditional northern Greek pie, and sharing other snacks. Our…

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The Pink Beach of Crete – a Perfect Spot for Families

I started doing a little bit of research about Crete on my way there. I had an overnight layover in Oslo (yes Norway…long story), and as I shivered in the terminal images of a gorgeous pink beach kept popping up. Whaaat?  A beach with pink sand? I’ve heard of black sand beaches, and sugar sand beaches but pink? I was sure it must have been photoshopped. The second day we were in Crete was a free day. We had a car at our disposal so Sophie of Wonderful Wanderings and I decided we’d set off to explore. The pink beach…

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Where to Eat in Essaouira: The Atlantic Seaside Resort

One of the most popular destinations for day trips or an overnight from Marrakech is the port city of Essaouira. For good reason – it’s gorgeous! It’s one of our very favorite places to visit. I asked my friend Lynn of maroc-o-phile who lives in Essaouira for her recommendations of places to eat. You’ll find a wide assortment of options and price ranges but most importantly you’re guaranteed a delicious meal! The port town of Essaouira – just 3 hours by bus or car from Marrakech – is famous for seafood. However, the quality and range of local produce from…