Take a Taco Tour in San Diego

Nearly every city in the world has some type of food that it has made famous. San Diego certainly didn’t invent the taco, but thanks to its southerly neighbor, Mexico, tacos have made it big in this city. But, not just any taco. San Diego is particularly known for fish tacos. In fact, it’s so well known for these tasty, hand-held bits of goodness that there are food tours operated in the city that are centered on tacos! So, pack your swimsuit, book a San Diego hotel, and make sure you’ve got plenty of space to chow down! The Outsiders…

10 Great Ways to Enjoy Atlanta this Summer

It’s not officially summer yet, but the season is right around the corner. School is finished for many, and it’s time to start preparing for summer vacation! If you are heading to the southern U.S., Atlanta is a great destination to consider. Atlanta is increasingly on the tourist radar, and thanks to its extremely popular southern neighbor Florida, there are some hot Atlanta hotels and attractions waiting to be discovered. Chances are you’ll also save money visiting Atlanta instead of Orlando. Here’s how to enjoy Atlanta inside and outside.

To Understand, Adopt, or Reject Your Spouses Culture

If you have seen my post on 6 Assumptions People Make When They Hear Your Husband is Arab then you should take another meander through the comment section. I’ve wrestled with whether or not I should shut it down or leave it open. It seems there are a lot of people on both sides needing to clear the air. You can jump over there to see what I mean. One theme that keeps coming up is the issues of religion and culture – it’s complex to be sure but something you will have to grapple with at many points in your…

Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

12 Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

This year I almost moved to eating completely meat-free. I still enjoy it from time to time, maybe a bite here or there but I’ve lost most of the “taste” for meat than having any other objections to it. To be honest, I don’t miss it at all. But, living in Morocco this isn’t always easy to convey. People don’t understand why I would choose not to eat meat if I have the ability (money) to eat it. There are lots of vegetarian Muslims in the world, and those who would prefer to eat only zabiha halal meat but can’t…

Mhncha

Moroccan Mhncha Cookies {Snake Cookies}

Mhncha means “snake” in Arabic but there is no snake meat in these cookies. They are named for the shape. Typically this cookie is made in a very large size, enough to feed several dozen people. It’s very popular for weddings and other special occasions. A few months ago when I took a cookie class at the Amal Center, we made a smaller version of this popular sweet. They’re more manageable than their big “sister” and perfect for serving or gifting during Ramadan. These are a bit time consuming to make so be sure you have a comfortable work space.…

How to travel like a local wherever you are

How to Travel Like a Local Wherever You Go

When you travel do you; wander local markets or grocery stores to find dinner? enjoy picking up a local paper to see what events are happening? visit a park or beach to relax? do more than just run around in a few days to see everything? participate instead of pay a visit? If you said yes to any (or all) of these than you like to travel like a local! More and more travelers, especially millennial travelers (those born between 1983- mid 1990’s) actively seek and want to have a local travel experience. Travel has become less about checking things…

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…