Romance in Marrakech

Romantic Ways to Enjoy Marrakech on any Budget

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and it’s got me thinking about romantic ways to enjoy Marrakech. We meet lots of couples visiting for their honeymoon or a vacation away. Whether you’re living here, visiting for a weekend, or for a week there are countless ways to have a memorable experience in the red city. To help I’ve broken down my suggestions into three categories; romance on a budget, a romantic splurge, and luxury romance. Now no matter how much you’ve got in your pocket you have no excuse not to make Valentine’s Day, or any other visit truly special. Romance…

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10 Tips for Visiting Berlin with Kids

In October of last year we decided that we wanted to go somewhere for Christmas. I know what you’re thinking, it’s strange that a Muslim family would want to go somewhere to find Christmas. But, we really missed spending the holiday with my family. We missed the lights, the sights, the smells that make December so wonderful. We also really missed snowy nights and hot cocoa. With a little bit of thought we decided to make Germany our destination and thanks to direct flights on EasyJet we decided Berlin was the way to go. What we discovered was a great (and…

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Dining Like a Local in Dubai

Right now a good friend of mine is in Dubai with her family. Being the good friend that I am and with her knowing how often I travel she asked for some suggestions where to eat. Unfortunately we haven’t been to Dubai yet, but I know many people who live there. I asked around a bit for some great suggestions. If you’re planning a Dubai vacation, here are some dining options to consider. Some travelers prefer to experience a new city through food. One of the most popular Middle Eastern cities includes Dubai. This city in the United Arab Emirates…

10 Easy Crepe Recipes for National Crepe Day

10 Easy Crepe Recipes to Crave

Today is National Crepe Day – did you know there even was such a thing?? Crepes are a favorite in our house. Both of my boys love them for breakfast or snacks. Thanks to the French influence in Morocco it’s very common to find stands selling crepes in nearly every city. If I have time on the weekend I will make a very big batch of crepes, let them cool, and store them in the fridge for breakfast during the week. I slightly under cook them so that they will stay soft when I warm them up. Whether you like…

Moroccan Food You Won’t Find on a Restaurant Menu

During this time last year MarocBaba and I had the idea to start Marrakech Food Tours. We saw tourists every day in Marrakech ducking into restaurants where we knew they were bound to receive a marginal (at best) meal passing itself off as “traditional Moroccan” food. Day after day, person after person and it broke our hearts! After my first visit to Morocco I left disappointed, whatever people were saying about Moroccan food certainly wasn’t what I experienced. In fact one more chicken and olive tajine and my stomach would have burst! I didn’t want the tourists we saw leaving…

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Living with Your In-Laws: The Honest Truth

I get several emails every week asking me about the dynamics of life here in Morocco or about relationship questions. I love getting email from readers, especially those who tell me they feel a personal connection – what a compliment! Sometimes it can feel like I’m writing into space, but getting those bits of feedback truly mean so much as I continue to write and explore topics that are personal to me but may help someone else. Recently I’ve been getting many messages from families who are considering a move to Morocco, either permanently or temporarily. Every family, and individual’s…

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10 Easy Moroccan Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Moroccan food is known for the complex blending of spices, slow-cooked home-cooked meals, and generous portions. But that doesn’t mean you have to have loads of extra time to make a delicious Moroccan meal. These 10 easy Moroccan recipes are a great addition to your weeknight round-up! Beef and Snap Pea Tagine with Sweet Onions and Apricot Mrouzia This dish is complex in flavor but is very easy to put together. Don’t be thrown off by the combination of fruit, vegetables, and meat. It’s very common in Morocco to mix these together. I serve this over barley but you can…

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Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015

For many people the thought of visiting an Islamic country is met with fear and apprehension. If you’ve never been before you might be unsure how to dress or act. You may be fearful based on news reports. It can seem overwhelming and intimidating. But, one of the best ways to get past these feelings is to simply GO! I write regularly about Morocco so I asked some other blogging friends to provide their insight on travel in other Islamic countries. You might be surprised to discover these countries and why they make excellent destinations to visit. One of the…