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Spend 5 Days in Marrakech on a Culinary Adventure

The fragrances of vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, dates, almonds, sesame seeds, ginger, and onions are intoxicating. I begin to wonder if I’m dreaming or floating on a magic carpet. A guided visit to Place des Épices, the colourful spice market, is one of many food lover’s experiences on the Pitcher & Powell Marrakech Culinary Adventure. During this holiday a group of 12 ladies will spend five days exploring, cooking and eating Morocco’s traditional cuisine. Note: Marrakech is the French spelling for Marrakesh.

Marrakech Culinary Adventure Medina

Ladies Only Culinary Adventure

Pitcher & Powell is a collaborative effort by two talented women who love cooking, travel, and a bit of adventure. It’s fitting that Barbara Pitcher and Tasha Powell met in Provence a place where food and culture intersect on a regular basis. Barbara Pitcher is a Canadian by birth, she speaks multiple languages and has been painting since 1993. A Cordon Bleu-trained chef and food stylist Tasha Powell spends time between California and the South of France. Read more about their backgrounds here, Barbara and Tasha.

Marrakech Culinary Adventure

According to the New York Times, Marrakesh is Morocco’s “Jewel of the South.” This city is where modern art and architecture meets the old Medina’s maze of confusing alleyways. Marrakech is also a wild blend of contrasts. The city’s crowded souks (markets) are noisy and claustrophobic; teeming with people, goods and foodstuffs.

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However, take one step behind an ornate wooden door to enter a peaceful world of tiled surfaces, bubbling fountains and soothing Moroccan architecture. It’s not a surprise that French designer Yves St Laurent embraced this multifaceted country.

Marrakech Culinary Adventure Riad

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Marrakech Culinary Adventure Riad

Chosen for its central location in the Medina, and comfortable accommodation the Les Clos des Arts riad is home during this Pitcher & Powell trip. Five days and five yoga classes. However, this trip is not all about relaxation, cooking is on the agenda. Culinary workshops feature Moroccan classics preserves, pastille, tajines, couscous and of course the tempting pastries. Note: tajines and tagines are the same, simply alternate spelling.

Marrakech Culinary Adventure Chicken pastilla

What’s included?

5 nights of accommodation
5 healthy dinners
4 cooking workshops
1 wine tasting and pairing workshop
5 1-hour yoga lessons
1 excursion to the spice and food markets
Tourist taxes
Transfers to and from the airport

Marrakech Culinary Adventure

Yalla! Let’s go!

The dates for the next Marrakech Culinary Adventure are October 1-6, 2019. If you are interested in finding out more about this trip follow this link.

Marrakech Culinary Adventure

Maison Yves Saint Laurent

Marrakech Culinary Adventure View from Sir Richard Bransons Kasbah Tamadot

View from Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot

Image credits: All photos provided by and published with the permission of Pitcher & Powell

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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