November 2012

Food Tour Through Fez Morocco with Plan-it Fez

November 20, 2012
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Last month I spent nine days in Morocco and one of the highlights was a food focused tour through the old town medina with Plan-it Fez.

We were met at our riad (a courtyard centered hotel) by Gail Leonard, a British expat who lives in Fez and runs Plan-it Fez with her business partner and fellow expat Michelle Reeves. Gail lives right smack in the center of the souk (shopping area) of Fez which is one of Morocco’s oldest cities. The streets are narrow and winding, often with no set course and dead ends. From above, they look like a maze, and it’s not uncommon for tourists and locals alike to get lost. While I typically don’t do tours on my travels, this one piqued my interest because it was both focused on food, and private. You won’t ever find me on a tour following the woman with the raised …

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Scarola alla Napoletana; Escarole and Spinach with Olives, Capers, Anchovy and Preserved Lemon

November 12, 2012
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Last year I visited Naples Italy for the first time. After a lengthy journey from Los Angeles, I met up with my mother at the Rome train station and together we took the high speed train to Naples.

I was so fried from the 24 hours of travel that I could barely think straight, let alone figure out where to have dinner. Normally I have a carefully curated list of restaurants in a neat little (self) printed booklet I make before every trip. This time I had too much drama in the days leading up to the trip and I never managed to finish my list. Nor could we access the internet for any research, so we wandered around the area, looking at menus, searching for something which appealed and wasn’t too touristy. Exhausted, all I wanted was a plate of pasta and a bed.

We came across the Antica

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