What to Pack for Kids Visiting Morocco

What to Pack for Kids: Morocco

I’ve posted previously on what to pack for women visiting Morocco, and what to pack for men, so that leaves just one group to discuss – children! I’ve found many people don’t think “family destination” when they think of Morocco but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Morocco is a country that not only is welcoming of children, they embrace them! Traveling with kids requires a bit of additional preparation but don’t let that scare you away.   Packing List Suggestions Clothing that can be layered. Daytime temperatures can get quite hot, even in the spring but drop 30-40…

Berber Womens Cooperative

Marking International Women’s Day in Morocco

Today is International Women’s Day, a holiday that has been celebrated since the early 1900’s when women began demanding fair pay and better working conditions. While it’s true women still are at an uneven par with men in the workplace the situation in Western nations is much better than that in the developing world. It’s easy to look through a cultural lens and judge other nations short comings, when we have so many of our own and so I hope that this post doesn’t reinforce that stereotypical view. I want to share today about some of the issues that I,…

finnish food

The Finnish Food Revival

I didn’t have high hopes for Finnish food. Frankly, what I remembered about it growing up was that there was fish, and fish, and potatoes, and dill. That’s about it. I don’t like dill, I’m 50/50 on fish, and potatoes well I guess you can’t really go wrong there. When it was time to sign up for tours on our Finland trip I wavered on whether I should stick to only food events. My logical thinking was if we’re eating, we’re inside, and that means it won’t be as cold. Really. Did I mention MarocBaba is pretty picky? So this…

Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Thin Mints. Grasshoppers. If it has mint and chocolate I’m in. When I started making these muffins (and the strawberry hazelnut muffins from a little while ago), I got to thinking, what makes a muffin different from a cupcake? Should these have really been cupcakes? Are  they just cupcakes disguised as muffins?  I did an informal poll of my mom and sister and then consulted the Google oracle to see what answers I could come up with. So what makes a muffin a muffin and a cupcake a cupcake? Eugenie’s Kitchen has a great post…

Live Like a Jazz Star at Riad Star: Marrakech

“These streets weren’t made for cars,” my son said as we wound our car through the narrow streets of the medina. “It’s ok, dad has this, remember he grew up here? It might be a maze to us, but it all makes sense to him,” I replied silently hoping I was right on this one. One of the biggest challenge visitors (and locals) face in Marrakech is that the streets are largely unmarked (though they are marking them more and more), and GPS systems are most of the time wrong. I’ll attribute the second problem to the first. No one…

Chicken Tajine with Tomato Jam

#WeekdaySupper Chicken Tajine with Tomato and Onion Jam

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged a tajine recipe. You see it’s not intentional but you may be surprised to know I don’t do a lot of our main meal cooking – especially when it comes to Moroccan food. My sister-in-law who happens to be an amazing cook handles the lunch time meal. So unless we want something that’s not Moroccan, I let her take care of things. But, you see, we had a little “issue” a few weeks ago. Most of my days I spend working. But, I work from home so it’s not always apparent that…

6 Month Update of Living in Marrakech

Our Life in Marrakech: 6 Month Update

It’s been six months now since we moved to Morocco full-time. Some days it feels a lot longer. Some days it seems like no time has passed. So many things are different but as the weeks pass I see less and less of those differences. It takes the eyes of someone whose never been here to bring them up. I think that means that I’ve made the switch from tourist to resident.   Some Observations: The other night we had dinner with some work colleagues and two clients. They were two older ladies who were spending time (their second trip)…

Morocca Harissa Spiked Chili #SundaySupper

Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper

When the temperatures begin to dip the first thing people reach for are soups and stews. But, by this time of winter the novelty of those hearty, warming foods has worn off. Where is spring, already?!? Here in Morocco, winter is nothing like the upper Midwest. Our day time temperatures rarely go below 60F, and generally are in the 70’s and sunny. But nighttime temperatures drop fast to the 40’s and 50’s. Without indoor heat, it is very cold! I love making stews and welcome any chance to try something new. This week for #SundaySupper we’re having a virtual chili…