Discover the Vegetarian Gastronomy and Culture of Morocco.
~ Join Sahar from December 7th to the 11th, 2018 on a culinary adventure that will allow you to understand the art of preparing delightfully, delicious meatless Moroccan meals using fresh seasonal ingredients at her At Home In Morocco kitchen.
~ Shop the local market and get an in-depth experience of Moroccan food and the Moroccan way of life first hand.
~ Discover with Sahar an array of delicious Moroccan recipes that cater to your vegetarian/vegan diet requirement.
~ 5 days of cultural and culinary exploration in the ancient city of Fez
~ 4 nights’ accommodation in a beautifully restored 400-year-old traditional home - Dar Borj Dahab
~ Indulge in 3 hands-on cooking classes and preparation from soup to dessert to mixing your own spices
~ Spice talk: Learn to shop and mix spices to add flavor to any meal without overpowering it
~ Breakfast daily at Dar Borj Dahab and one at a local restaurant
~ Walking tour of the souks of the old Medina of Fez
~ Recipes of all the dishes you learned during your cooking classes
~ Round-trip transfer from Fez International airport or the train station
~ Day trip to the magnificent Roman ruins of Volubilis
~ Entrance fee to the Madrassa (school) BouInania
~ A welcome surprise gift
~ Planning assistance for your free time
This culinary experience is designed for cooks of all levels.
Cooking classes are in the morning or afternoon in Sahar’s kitchen, followed by a noontime or evening meal so you can feast on the satisfying results.
The agenda is designed to give you plenty of free time to explore Fez unique offerings on your own or with the group.
Alcohol with meals
Items from the house minibars
Price: $1250, per person based on double occupancy.
Payments and Terms:
A non-refundable deposit of $450 is due upon booking your place in the retreat.
The remaining balance will be due in two additional equal payments from the time of booking and the final payment must be received three weeks before the retreat date.
Please keep in mind that this retreat is designed for a small group and with a short time start date, canceling will impact the retreat for everyone. By registering you are committing to this retreat. If you must cancel your trip, we will be happy to refund one of the equal payments of $400. No refund will be given after making the final payment.
By registering for this trip with your deposit, you agree to our Payment & Terms and Cancellation Policy and to purchase Trip Insurance.
Payments can be made via PayPal or bank transfer.
Sahar moved to Morocco after falling in love with the country. She lived in Marrakech for six years and is married to Abdul who was her driver during her first visit to Morocco. She lived most of her adult life in California after her family immigrated from Lebanon. Her background in Interior Design and her lifelong commitment to a vegetarian diet influenced her to create At Home In Morocco, where she shares her inspiration and admiration for the country she now calls home.
Sahar feels there is no better way to explore a culture than through its food. The lack of vegetarian dishes offered to most tourists when visiting Morocco led Sahar to create her At Home kitchen. Throughout her years in Marrakech and her volunteer work there, Sahar learned that Moroccan cuisine is rich in dishes that are tasty and meatless. Her mission is to introduce plant-based Moroccan cuisine, paired with the right mix of spices to develop timeless dishes that we all can create in our kitchens no matter where we are in the world.
Sahar hosts culinary events in her restored 100+-year-old house/Dar in Fez and welcomes travelers in search of an authentic home-cooked meal. She believes that anyone presented with fresh ingredients can create culinary masterpieces.
About Dar Borj Dahab
Dar Borj Dahab is a lovingly restored traditional home in the Fez medina, with living spaces and sleeping quarters spread over four floors. The house has been restored with obsessive attention to detail and is a livable medina home with its historical integrity intact. The Dar’s main salon is a cultural masterwork that features intricate original plasterwork, handmade furnishings and an octagonal halka open to the sky. A stay in Dar Borj Dahab offers a unique window on life in the Fez medina, making the house an ideal base for a cultural retreat. Sahar has chosen Dar Borj Dahab to house guests for her culinary retreat in Fez. Visit the Dar Borj Dahab website gallery for a look inside this gem of a house.
Retreat participants can book extra days at Dar Borj Dahab. Contact Sahar for more info.
The city was founded in 789 by Moulay Idriss I. While Rabat is the capital of Morocco, Fez is the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. With the oldest university in the world that was established in 859 by a Tunisian woman, Fez was home to many scholars, mathematician, and poets.
Fez remains Morocco’s best-preserved old city, its large walls, built to defend the medina against attacks, stretch 8km around the old city, where no motorized traffic is allowed. The medina is one of the largest urban areas in the world that bans cars. Mules and donkeys provide transport for goods inside the medina.
Fez has been called both “The Mecca of the West” and “The Athens of Africa”, but its atmosphere and traditions are uniquely Moroccan.
Helpful tips for your trip:
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
While immunization is not required to visit Morocco, it helps to take a look at the CDC website for the recommendation.
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), the exchange rate varies so be sure to check prior to arriving. The dollar currently averages 9 MAD and the Euro about 10.30 MAD. ATMs are available throughout the city and at the airport along with many exchange shops. Be sure to inform your bank of your travel to avoid being flagged for fraud.
Fez has an international airport with many direct flights from Europe but if you must travel via Mohammed V Casablanca airport (CMN), you can take the train from) to Fez, about five hours’ journey. Alternatively, you could fly from Casablanca to Fez Saiss Airport (FEZ) with Royal Air Maroc or Air Arabia. Domestic flights and train connections are available from Marrakech, as well, but with a longer duration.
Room Amenities at Dar Borj Dahab
~ Free Wi-Fi
~ Washing machine
~ Ironing board and iron
~ Access to both kitchens in the house in case you feel like creating your own culinary masterpiece
At Home In Morocco
Sahar’s house is inhabited by two oversized house cats with only two goals in life, to sleep and eat! Make sure you inform us prior to arriving if you have any cat or food allergy.
Some helpful vocabulary
Medina: In Arabic Medina is a city; in Morocco it refers to the old city only.
Dar: Dar basically means a house in Arabic and refers to any old-style medina (city) house. It is similar to a Riad, but without the courtyard, fountain and sometimes orange trees generally associated with the grander home.
Tagine: This is a handmade clay pot used to cook dishes that are also called tagines. Tagines can feature fish, meat, or vegetables.
We say “Salam Alikum” as a greeting
“Kidar” or the French equivalent “Ca va?” for how are you?
“Shoukran” for Thank you
“Bessaha” Bon Appetit
“Beslama” Bye, see you soon…..”Inshallah” if God’s will!
Please contact Sahar sahar@athomeinmorocco or call +212 699 898 932 to make your reservation or ask questions.