Drum Painting in Fez 2

Touring Fez, Morocco with Kids

This is the last post in my series on our visit to Fez, Morocco with our kids. We spent 4 days in northern Morocco last month, driving from Marrakech. When we were visiting, a spent several hours one afternoon sitting on the roof of Riad Anata, writing and capturing my thoughts on our visit. I had been to Fez 10 years earlier, before MarocBaba, before kids – it was the first Moroccan city I had seen. Experiencing it now was decidedly different. It was as if I had never been there before. Maybe it’s because memories fade, or maybe I’ve…

Emergency Kit for Handling Sickness on the Road

Creating an Emergency Travel First Aid Kit

I can’t believe that it took me until this year to finally create a portable, comprehensive first aid/illness kit. We’ve been on the road a lot and usually that means I inevitably forget something. Having a bag full of “just in case” medications takes up a lot of space and wasn’t working for me. So instead I put together a small kit that I can throw in my purse, the car glovebox or suitcase and know that I have all of my bases covered.   The good news? You probably have everything you need already on hand!  The contents of…

Orange Oat Smoothie

Orange Oat Smoothie and 40 Bonus Orange Recipes

When we have visitors one of the very first things they often remark on is the abundance of oranges everywhere. It’s true there are a lot. In winter months, the small mandarins – that are my favorite- make an appearance. Then the more traditional, large oranges begin to appear. Right now there are huge oranges in the markets – they’re the size of a small melon! I’ve always thought that the bigger a fruit got, the less taste it has, but these oranges challenge that. Before we moved here I didn’t drink orange juice, and I might have eaten an…

How to Make Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Easy Garlic Infused Olive Oil for #NationalGarlicDay

 I hate onions. Not of course caramelized, delicious onions but the raw kind or when the pieces are so big you can’t help but chomp into them and hear the fibers breaking in your mouth. It’s a texture thing for me and no matter how hard I try to overcome it, I just can’t. But, garlic? That’s another story. Garlic and onions are the old married couple. They just go together and make food just taste better. And, I LOVE garlic. After we had been in Morocco about a month we went to the olive souk (market) and I spied…

Goat Cheese Tasting Morocco

Organic Goat Cheese Tasting in Morocco

When we went to Fez last month there was one activity I was most looking forward to. Not that everything wasn’t amazing but we had arranged to visit an organic farm that produced goat cheeses and I could hardly stand the wait! The boys were equally excited. This might not seem like something kids would look forward to but my kids were raised on a healthy diet of cheeses, and lots of them before we moved to Morocco. Here, cheese is tough to come by – especially when you don’t live in the mountains. It’s just not very popular. It…

Moroccan Passover and Mimouna

Recipes Ideas for a Moroccan Passover and Mimouna

Passover started last Sunday and while this isn’t a holiday that’s on the Islamic calendar, it is on the Jewish calendar of which there are many Moroccan Jews. The communities in Morocco today are very small and I can’t say I’ve even met someone who is Jewish and living here (yet! I’m trying to find some!) Moroccan Jews have a special holiday celebration at the end of Passover called Mimouna. From everything I’ve read and heard it is localized to only Morocco. I would really love to find out more about the history of the holiday, how it came to…

Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic Darija

Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

I’ve had a lot of people ask over the years for resources to learn Arabic, and specifically Moroccan Arabic. There’s not a lot out there and honestly the best way I’ve learned has been to live here. I know that’s not a reality for everyone. You can check out my Language Resources page for some ideas. I also plan to do a weekly “Dose of Darija”.  At first I thought I’d do this everyday for a week then decided it’s probably better to spread them out. I’m going to start in the beginning and work my way through different lessons.…

Afghani Style Chicken Pulao

Afghani Chicken Pulao

Earlier this week I made an Afghani inspired chicken pulao dish that was a delicious hit.  Truth be told, before we moved to Washington DC in 2007, I had never eaten Afghani food. I had never met a person from Afghanistan. Like many people our only connection to the country was the on-going war. I have a brother in law who was stationed there several times and friends of course but that was as close as it got. My first brush with Islam, was through the sordid tales emerging from Taliban Afghanistan (not a pretty picture). Then in Washington DC…