Volubilus – Roman Ruins In Morocco

This Berber city was the end of the road south for the Roman Empire. Volubilus was considered the capital of the Mauritania empire and major olive growing region.  It was started in the 3rd century BC and grew rapidly during the 1st century AD.  Many public olive presses remain onsite. The olives and oils were…

Atlas Ouarzazate Studio, Morocco

Atlas studio sits just outside the city of Ouarzazate and is home the production lots used to make many of the desert films scenes in films seen today.  Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, ( in 1977), as well as Gladiator, Game of Thrones and The Mummy among others were made in part on these…

Preserved Lemons – Recipe

Preserved lemons are common in Moroccan cuisine and in the nomadic culture of the Sahara.  They are amazing, let me show you why!  Preserved lemons bring out the natural flavor of the ingredient being used and the salt curing the lemon kind of removes the citric notes of the lemon to make act as more…

Marrakesh, Morocco

The Red City has an amazing ancient medina full of snake charmers, fortune tellers, con artists and street vendors all ready for you and your tourist dollars. Long ago this vibrant square was used for public beheadings!  Nowadays, fresh fruit stands, street vendors and tasty juice stalls line the squares by day. By night food…

Chicken and Preserved Lemon Tagine

A typical dish in Morocco involves steam cooking a roast of carefully placed veggies with or without a meat base into a pyramidal shape in order of cooking time so that we achieve the perfect textures for each veggie in the tagine. This is all set in special clay earthenware for which the dish is…

Moroccan Spice Traders

Everywhere you go in the medina you see spice and fruit traders lining the streets and filling vendor stalls with their wonderful fruits and spices. Try a sampling of dates and figs while you tour the shops! Who knew there were so many varieties of each fruit?  I made sure to stock up on Zanzibar,…

Bab Bou Jeloud – The Blue Gate

This main, keyhole entrance to the medina sits atop the hill and leads to the endless maze of winding streets and narrow alleyways filled with vendors, cafes, and storefronts full of spices, baboush and endless options of foods and leather goods. Don’t forget that haggling is part of the culture here! Offers are initially made…

Fez – The Chouara Tannery

The tannery produces many of the leather goods sold in the medina.  Vibrant colors are created since ancient days using natural elements such as charred coal, flower petals, and pomegranate skins.

Ait Ben Haddou – Morocco

  This iconic way station at the end of the Sahara desert guarding the entrance to Morocco just beyond the Middle Atlas Mountains. Desert nomads used the city as a refueling station and trading hub.  Protection was given in return for taxes levied on the caravans traveling back and forth with their goods. The site…