Culinary Journey to Marrakech, Morocco
$5,500 US pp**| May 3-9, 2016
As you can probably tell, I love travel just about as much as I love food and wine. I've traveled to almost every continent! There are some places that I've been to once and some places I could go back to again and again. In Thailand, I love the kindness of the people, the food and the markets. In Peru, I could eat ceviche all day long! But in Morocco, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes mesmerized and enthralled me beyond expectation. Everywhere you look, there's something exotic and sensuous. If you are ready for something magical, join me on this Moroccan adventure!
I've found a luxurious estate for our week in Marrakech, located in the exclusive Palmeraie district. Jnane Tamsna has been written about in numerous magazines and newspapers as the ultimate destination for those seeking chic tranquility. The cooking school at Jnane Tamsna is well-known by culinary adventure seekers, and during our cooking classes you will learn how to knead couscous by hand, and use the conical earthenware casseroles called "tagines" to make meat and vegetable stews by the same name, explore the edible landscape of our home for the week, and for those seeking ultimate relaxation, we can even arrange a massage or a visit to a hammam, the traditional Moroccan bath, for the pinnacle of traditional Moroccan spa treatments.
I'm really excited to share this wonderful, enchanting part of the world with you. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
** Price based on double occupancy, single supplement applies for solo travelers. Airfare not included. Deposit of $1500.00 per person required to secure a spot.
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Marrakech, Morocco Cooking Classes
We'll have several hands-on cooking classes taught by both myself and the riad's Moroccan house chef Bahija. The incredible gardens at Janane Tamsna will provide many of the ingredients we will use in our cooking classes. You will learn how to make dishes like B'stilla – the classic Moroccan savory pastry – of Fish and Preserved Lemon; Lamb Tagine with Tomatoes and Caramelized Spring Onions; Roasted Pepper, Cucumber and Tomato Salad; and Spiced Pears with Oranges and Caramel Sauce. In the evenings, we'll dine in the candle-lit garden at Jnane Tamsna.
The cooking school at Jnane Tamsna has been written up extensively. Check out this feature that appeared in Bon Appétit magazine.
We'll be staying at the beautiful Jnane Tamsna in the palm tree oasis of the Palmeraie area just outside the old rampart walls of the medina in Marrakech. Our gorgeous home for the week is set in the middle of an edible landscape lush with flowers, vegetables and fruits. Jnane Tamsna is run by Meryanne Loum-Martin and her husband Gary Martin, who moved to Marrakech 20 years ago, and have created this luxurious oasis for us to enjoy. Jnane House combines the architecture and layout of the traditional 'ryad' (courtyard house) with the spaciousness of a country home. Jnane Tamsna has received wonderful press since it's opening:
Huffington Post -- "A favorite of celebrities, including Giorgio Armani, Brad Pitt, Donna Karan and David Bowie, you never know who will be at your dining table."
Fortune -- ''In the leafy Palmeraie district just outside the city, you'll discover the oasis of calm that is Jnane Tamsna...''
House & Garden -- ''A new ecological model of development, rooted in and respectful of local traditions and the land upon which it is built.''
Morocco Day Trips
We'll travel to the "souks" (markets) that Marrakech is famous for, have a couple of Moroccan wine tastings, and visit historic sites, such as Saadian Tombs, Medersa Ben Youssef, and Maison de la Photographie. We'll take an excursion to the Atlas Mountains for breathtaking scenere and head to the market town of Tnine Ourika, where we'll learn how to make traditional Berber bread! Afterward, we'll enjoy a picnic in the aromatic garden, Le Jardin de Senteurs et Cultures. We won't need to go far for some of the best Moroccan experiences, such as glorious spa treatments and relaxing by the pool.
Morocco Trip Details
Meals, wine, accommodations, cooking classes, day trips, tastings, airport transfer to Jnane Tamsna and transportation during the tour are included. Airfare is not included in the package price. The group meeting point will be at Jnane Tamsna. The hotel will arrange for your pickup at the Marrakech airport (regardless of your arrival time) and will transport you directly to Jnane Tamsna on the first day of your journey. Please make sure to provide us with your flight information so that we can coordinate your transfer to Jnane Tamsna. A non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 US per person is required to register for the journey. A single supplement applies for solo travelers. See the Terms and Conditions above for details.