Weekend in Morocco

Morocco

In February 2014, John and I went to Morocco for a long weekend. The airfare from New York to Rabat was too good to pass up. After landing in Rabat Friday morning, we immediately hopped on the train and headed … Continue reading

Celery Root Purée

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Celery Root, or Celeriac, is a gnarly hairball root vegetable with a potato-like texture. I’ve eaten celery root purée before, but I had no idea the vegetable looked like this: And I had absolutely no idea how to cook it. … Continue reading

Leather Souq in Fès, Morocco

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In February 2014, John and I went to Morocco for a long weekend. One of my favorite places to visit was the Leather Souq. This tannery in Fès is the oldest leather tannery in the world. Tanning leather involves a … Continue reading

Fennel and Leek Slaw

FennelSlaw

The other night I made a Fennel and Leek Slaw that went very well with hogfish. What is hogfish? It is a gorgeous, white, flakey and delicious tasting fish native to the Atlantic Ocean. But you don’t have to make … Continue reading

Western Cape, South Africa

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In January 2014, John and I went back to one of our favorite countries: South Africa. We chose to stay at LovanE Boutique Wine Estate and Guest House in Stellensosch. We loved the peaceful wine farm experience this small working … Continue reading

Table Mountain, Cape Town

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Table Mountain, or Tafelberg in Afrikaans, is a flat-topped mountain overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. The level plateau is approximately 3 kilometres from side to side and it is believed that Table Mountain was formed under … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mustard Dressing

BrusselsSprouts

Brussels Sprouts have a bad reputation. Many people claim to hate them after only trying them one time. Chances are, they didn’t eat them prepared like this: The first step is to fry about 4-5 strips of bacon. I cut … Continue reading

Big Green Egg-Cademy with Bertus Basson

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In January 2014, John and I went to a Big Green Egg hands-on demo at Hidden Valley Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. I stumbled on the event while researching Stellenbosch restaurants a couple of days before our trip to South Africa. … Continue reading

The Pot Luck Club

PotLuckClub

John and I returned to South Africa in January 2014. Before we left home, we made reservations at Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ restaurant, The Pot Luck Club, winner of the 2013 Eat Out Boschendal Style Award. It is the sister restaurant … Continue reading

Pat’s vs. Geno’s

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In December 2013 we met our friends in Philadelphia for the Army vs. Navy Game. Our friend, Michelle, is ARMY and her husband, Jeff, is NAVY. But the real matchup of the weekend was Pat’s vs. Geno’s. That is Philly’s … Continue reading

The Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel

Our son, Michael, and his girlfriend, Leah, have been working with WWOOF in New Zealand since September 2013. Before they ever left home, John and I booked a trip to see them for Thanksgiving. Our trip started in Lake Taupo … Continue reading

Lake Taupo, New Zealand

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Our son, Michael, and his girlfriend, Leah, have been working with WWOOF in New Zealand since September 2013. Before they ever left home, John and I booked a trip to see them for Thanksgiving. We had a stopover in Manama, … Continue reading