MarocMama Favorite Moroccan Rugs

My Favorite Styles of Moroccan Rugs

Before I moved here, a rug was a rug. Period. Sure some of them looked differently but I honestly had no clue how to tell one from another. My how the times have changed! MarocBaba is none too impressed that I love Moroccan rugs, my mother in law actively pulls me away from anyone selling rugs, and I’ve been forbidden from purchasing more…for now. If you’re coming to Morocco be sure to read my rug buying guide. Also spend some time reading up on the different varieties and styles of rugs. To get you started here are some of my…

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Tasty Toronto Food Tours

I spent most of my childhood living less than three hours from Canada but it wasn’t until I was 25 that we actually went there! I’ve barely dipped my foot into the great cities and cultures of this city but I can’t wait to see more! One of the biggest cities, Toronto, has a lot to offer including some amazing food tours. You know how much we love food tours and everywhere we go we always try to take at least one. The good news is in Toronto there are plenty to choose from! After you reserve a great Toronto…

Where to stay in Cancun Mexico so You Don't Feel Like  a Tourist

Cancun Hotels Where You Won’t Feel Like a Tourist

Cancun is the destination of choice for many Americans visiting Mexico. The city caters so much to tourists that there is an aptly named “Tourist Zone” chock full of hotels and safe options for visitors. But what if the idea of being stuck in this din of faux Mexico sounds more stomach-churning than delightful? It is possible to find great places to stay that are not in the tourist zone. You’ll have a more authentic experience and, in all likelihood, pay much less as well. Isla Mujeres isn’t located in Cancun proper, but is only a few kilometers away and…

Rugs

7 Tips for Buying a Rug in Marrakech

I have a small obsession with Moroccan rugs. By small what I really mean is that I have a big problem. I just can’t resist them! Aside from basic house goods I haven’t bought many decorative items for our Marrakech house- except for these. Just the other day we were at a rural market and as soon as my mother in law saw me eyeing rugs she grabbed my arm and pulled me away. Yes, I am simply that in love with them!

GIVING & ACCEPTING

Giving and Accepting Gifts and Compliments in Morocco

Today’s post is at the request of a reader who will be traveling to Morocco soon. The topic may seem straight forward to someone living in North America or Europe. If someone has a nice shirt you might say, “wow I really like your shirt!” to which they’ll typically respond, “thank you!” or some variation of this conversation. Certainly the frequency and context of  making and accepting compliments varies depending on country however it most often is simply an exchange of pleasantries. Not so in Morocco.

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Top Paleo Cookbooks to Enhance Your Collection

Several years ago my sister said she was “going paleo.” I was baffled. What in the world did that even mean? She went on to explain (in simple terms I could understand) that you ate foods that would have been available to our hunter/gatherer ancestors. This meant to butter, no gluten, no processed foods, etc etc. It’s often called the caveman diet for this reason. Honestly, I thought it was totally hogwash. But she won me over a little bit when she made some seriously good food. I’m certainly not following this diet 100% but I do notice living in…

24 Hours in Miami

24 Hours in Miami

When we set sail for our Caribbean cruise last year, we departed from Miami. I had never been there but already knew the beach and party scene wasn’t for us. Whenever I cruise, I always arrive the day before and leave the day after the ship departs. With airline delays, weather, and any number of other things that can go wrong, the last thing I want to do is miss the boat. I booked a hotel that had cruise port transfers to make life easier, and the Holiday Inn Miami – International Airport was a great fit. Before we transferred to the…