Had several short trips to Marseille, France. It was quite nice to enjoy the hospitality of my friends dj TiT & Cecile; in between appointments I took a lovely walk around the Vieux Port, made friends with some old fishermen, visited the amazing MUCEM and had a nice seafood lunch at Chef´s Gerald Passedat Le Môle.
MUCEM‘s architecture & its permanent/itinerant collections are eye dropping. Totally worth the visit (well, culture trips are always good thing, right?).
While there, a food stop at any of 3 Michelin Star Chef Gerald’s Passedat is a must. I ate at the Café which serves traditional marsellais dishes in a more contemporary style. I had Clams & Mussels on a fennel broth with its salade de roquete & rattes + a glass of rosé (Château La Coste) and a mille feuille aux fraises for about 30Euros.
Another good food stop in Marseille, this time at the Cannèbiere was Green Bear Coffee 2 , where apart getting your caffeine fix you can enjoy a healthy lunch for an affordable price. Choices include vegetarian, vegan or gluten free fare. Sur place óu pour emporter.
My friend Jules and her hubby were in Marrakech for a short holiday, last time I saw them was at their fun Hong Kong wedding back in July, so it was great to catch up with les Gaillots in our new city. We did all kinds of things together, from super touristy dinner (belly dancers included) to risqué lunch in Marrakech’s outskirts where we indulged over fresh from the traditional oven Mechoui & barbequed meat balls which happened to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had in this city.
We took a cooking class together at Riad Quara, a lovely small hotel-riad in the old Medina area of the city, where we learned how to cook a traditional tagine berebere (more on that on the coming post.)
Also in Kech, I enjoyed a solo personalized tour offered by Conciergerie Marrakech, I asked them to focus on Mellah quartier (the old Jewish neighborhood) and they pleased my requests. I learned so much about my new city history.
Oh and I crashed a french bday partay in La Provence. Fruity cocktails, swimming pool, lots of rosé and a house in the middle of vineyards. ;)