Bordetto in Marche

Making Brodetto in San Benedetto del Tronto

Grandpa Pope had a very “special” chicken soup he would make whenever my grandma left on a vacation. It was a recipe no one else wanted to share, no matter how he might try to pass it off. Everything went in the pot and he loved it. Grandpa had grown up with an immigrant father and mother and was born during the Great Depression. His dad had left Sicily as a teenager, like many immigrants, because there was no work. The enclave he found in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was a world away from the warm winds of Sicily. Other immigrants from northern…

Rimini Italy

Recapping My Time in Rimini, Italy

I’ve shared before that my family lineage traces to Italy and so when I was presented with the opportunity to attend TBDI (Travel Bloggers Destination; Italy) in Rimini this past October I jumped at the chance. My first chance to visit Italy was met with lots of excitement and anticipation on my part. I also discovered several of my blogging friends would be attending – always a plus! The event is a combination of workshops, travel trade show, and tours after the conference to explore the local regions. Most of my time during the conference was spent in the convention…

Souvenirs from Morocco

Top Souvenirs to Take Home from Morocco

Today I’m tackling an important subject you’ve probably asked yourself while planning a visit to Morocco…what should I buy? It’s true we have some amazing shopping but don’t worry if shopping isn’t for you. There’s plenty to do and see that doesn’t involve buying anything. Back to the issue at hand! You’re coming to Morocco and you want to know what to get. Depending on where your visit to Morocco takes you will alter what you should bring home for souvenirs. While it’s true you can get most anything, anywhere there are different cities and regions that produce specific goods.…

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Eating Italy in Rome on a One Day Layover

What do you do when you have one day in Rome? Well if you’re me, you eat. I’m not ashamed to admit my idea of traveling revolves around one question – what can I eat? It’s what inspired us to start our Marrakech Food Tour, because I couldn’t be alone in my quest of traveling for great food. There must be others like me – and from what I’ve learned, there are many other people just like me. But back to my food encounter in Rome. MarocBaba and I went to Athens for TBEX (a big travel blogging conference) and…

15 Things You Need to Know US

15 Things You Need to Know about the US Before You Visit

I feel like the longer you’re away from the place where you were raised, the more obvious things become. This summer on a road trip in the US I began to think about all the “American-isms” that would seem different or that I would want visitors from other countries to be know about before they arrived. Some things are good, while others less so. In no particular order or grouping these are the most obvious things that stick out. Are you visiting the US? Here’s some things you should know; 1. Yes, there are guns. In some cases lots of guns.…

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A Family Getaway to Riad Dar Darma

What if you could have the riad experience but still have a private apartment for you and your family? When we visited Riad Dar Darma we discovered this could come true! This riad was big and impressive from the beginning – I mean take a look at this door! You’ll notice they kept the traditional riad style of a double door. Traditionally these doors had two knockers that sounded different. If the lower one was used then it was known the person was on foot, if the bigger was used they were on horse or camel back. When we walked…

Vegetarian Moroccan Meal Ideas

Vegetarian Moroccan Meal Ideas

I’m eating less and less meat these days. I’m not sure if it’s just a loss of appetite for it or that I’m simply enjoying other things. It feels like summer hasn’t left Morocco, temperatures are still high and we’re enjoying lots of fresh produce better take advantage of it while it lasts!  Ma’akouda Patties These potato patties are simple to make and a great way to use leftover potatoes. People of all ages love them and they warm you up on a cold evening. Eat them as they are or make them the Saouri way in a sandwich. Vegetarian…

Tips for Dealing with Touts in Morocco

Tips for Dealing with Touts in Morocco

The cities of Morocco have a reputation for touts, or people who offer you a service you haven’t requested, such as “helping” you find your riad, or in the case of females those making unwanted advances. While there’s no way to completely avoid this, there are some ways to lessen them and prevent too much unwanted attention. Shopkeepers, restaurants, and some tour keepers are known to have an employee outside of their place of business trying to bring in sales. While it can be obnoxious to be constantly asked if you want to come inside to eat or to buy…