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Making Moroccan Drums in Fez, Morocco

On our long weekend in Fez, I set out to find things that our boys would enjoy doing. I know my kids (and husband for that matter) well enough to know that dragging them up and the streets of Fez shopping was not going to be enjoyable. While I am enjoying decorating and designing our apartment, I also didn’t want to spend my days shopping. There are a lot of museums and historical sites in Fez, it’s really a very fun place and I’ll write a post just on that too. But, this post is all about the drums. There are some great companies in Morocco that aim to provide unique and interesting experiences for all ages. I consulted my memory rolodex and recalled a company that was doing food tours in Fez. I first stumbled on them when I started to research what kind, if any, food tours existed in Marrakech. I quickly perused the website and found a …

Amanda MouttakiMaking Moroccan Drums in Fez, Morocco
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Touring the Todra Gorge and Dades Valley

Some people say there are two different Morocco’s – the rural and the urban. But, I think there are many, many more. For a small country (remember Morocco is only the size of the US state of California) the geographic differences are sometimes overwhelming. The country is divided by mountain ranges, deserts, forests, and some waterways. These natural borders make the differences even more glaring. Traveling from Marrakech to the Sahara, over the High Atlas mountains we knew that there would be several stops along the way. I had visited the Sahara in the southern Morocco but we were headed East so after we reach Ouarzzazate it was all new to me. As the sun set on our first day, after we had left Ait Ben Haddou behind for several more hours on the road, we began to see canyons forming. We drove with giant walls of rock on all directions and the yellow, orange, and red colors that bounced …

Amanda MouttakiTouring the Todra Gorge and Dades Valley
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Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Last week K casually came to me and asked, “Mom, can you make some Lego marshmallows, please?” Lego marshmallows? What are those?  I promised him that I would look online to see if such a thing even exists. (A friend later told me that yes, they do exist and can be found on YouTube.) But we got busy with our trip to Fez and the marshmallows never happened. But, he didn’t forget. Monday he asked for soft pretzels with cheese sauce. You probably won’t be surprised to find out neither of these exist in Morocco so I had to make them from scratch. Yesterday at 4:30 I realized I’d better get in the kitchen and figure them out before he came home from school. I didn’t know before I started looking for different ways to make these that pretzels have special significance this time of year. They were often made during Lent in the past because they contain simple ingredients …

Amanda MouttakiHomemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels
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How Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.

Sadly, this post I shared many months ago mysteriously disappeared from my blog. After some digging I was able to recover the original text and am republishing this post so many found helpful. There is an assumption that in order to travel the world you must be independently wealthy or have really good connections. The truth is neither of these things is true.  Having a global lifestyle is a choice (in most cases) that families and individuals make. Some people choose to have a large home in the suburbs with all the “nice things” in life, while others opt for the loft apartment in the city.  Still others choose a modest home, with other life luxuries like new cars or “toys”.  Then there’s those who instead choose to travel.  This is us. One of the major reasons we are able to move to Morocco in a few weeks is because we don’t have a mortgage or credit card debt.  If …

Amanda MouttakiHow Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.
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Moroccan Flag Photo Contest

  Whose up for a little photo fun? I love photography and know that many of you do as well. I’m partnering with seven other Morocco-philes in a fun contest for our readers. You can find all the details on how to enter in the image above but the premise is pretty simple; submit your image with/of Moroccan flag (how you interpret this is up to you and part of the fun!) to  Note that the photo must be taken by you or you must be featured in it. Deadline to submit image is April, 12th MIDNIGHT GMT, 7PM US EST time. RESULTS: April, 19th on In order to be considered as a winner you also have to like all 8 Facebook pages of the organizers! #1 Bewildered in Morocco #2 XMORE #3 EU4you Handmade #4 Maroc Mama: Tastes, sights, and virtual smells from my Moroccan kitchen. #5 Anass Errihani Photographer #6 Moroccan trippers #7 Keep Calm & Visit Morocco #8 Je Voyage Casa – JVC Join the …

Amanda MouttakiMoroccan Flag Photo Contest
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Chicken Korma Pizza

Cheese. I really miss delicious, melty, gooey, cheesy goodness. The kind that tops pizza or a casserole. Enough to get a big bite and taste the salty, creamy goodness. When you order a pizza in Morocco it’s got just barely enough cheese on top to be recognizable and a really good mozzerella is hard to come by. Cheese isn’t eaten that much here and who knew this girl from the Dairy State would miss cheese so much? You can find some varieties to be sure. It’s mostly imported from Europe. I’ve had brie, gouda, and Emmentaler cheese. Some good jibli, a traditional cheese from northern Morocco. Goat and sheep soft cheese can be found. As for bubbling, melting mozzerellas or cheddar – they’re just not the same. A waxy texture to the mozzerella and cheddar that crumbles in the hand instead of remaining firm just fails to impress. But, you have to make do with what you have, so I …

Amanda MouttakiChicken Korma Pizza