Strawberry season in France is a thing, you know? And is a short one since it last only from (usually late) Spring to Summer. I started to spot cagettes with strawberries from Spain in markets and supermarkets about late March, but it was just about these last weeks that I saw Gariguettes strawberries from Carpentras, a french variety that, next to Mara de Bois, are acclaimed as the favorites of french people. It was until then that the husband and I got the idea to jam them.
Our goodbye week in Marrakech was a great one. We enjoyed the incomparable hospitality of La Mamounia Marrakech, shared meals and cocktails with our friends (I found the best pizza in the city!) and thanks to Moroccan Guides, we finally visited Essaouira, a coastal city in Morocco I was impatiently dreaming to discover since day one.
A day spent with Quentin Bailly, Pastry Chef and Champion du Monde 2013, is a well spent one. In between ganaches, mirlintons, biscuits and fond de tarts, I photographed this young (he’s just 30!) but talented Masterchef and watched how he shares his magical wisdom; also known as technique of the art of pastry making.
March marked our last days living in Marrakech and our move to La Côte Bleue (France). Feelings are still unsettled. With every new city we pin on our expat life map, others challenges arise. I am still struggling trying to make this place my new home, but overall life is quite pleasant over here (and to live in a home by the Mediterranean sea does help ;) ).
In January, along 4 talented Spanish speaking food bloggers: Bren, Txaber, Clara and Layla, I traveled to Israel to discover the culinary roots, trends and scene of this young #startupnation. Cocooned by NGO VibeIsrael we attended an amazing array of food-ie related events, from (obviously) countless breakfasts, lunches, dinners; to cooking classes, wine and spirits tasting, bar hopping, and even a geek session with Israeli creatives and entrepreneurs working in the fields of food and internet.
One favorite activity amongst my Latino and Spanish blogger friends during our #VibeComida tour was with no doubt the visits to food markets. We wandered around the beautiful Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem (more on that in another post), the small but super cute sort-of wet market in Akko, and Levinsky market in Tel Aviv. I loved each one of them for different reasons, but Lewinksy stop was special, probably because all those surrounding Bauhaus/International style architecture, but most certainly for the company.