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Melting Moments in Morocco

Touring Morocco – A Taste of Moroccan Cuisine

Last year my parents were on the road a fair bit and one of their trips took them to Moroccan. My mother, Suzanne Anderton, was kind enough to contribute this article to GLV!


Aching for the exotic? Willing to explore sights and foods you’ve only read about? Then go to Morocco-a well-spring of antiquity about to propel itself into the 21st Century.

In this amazing country  the true meaning of Moroccan food hits you. A blend of French, Berber and Arabian cuisine is cheaply available at in local street side cafes, elegant hotels, kitchens where the women chefs (Dadas) prepare traditional dishes, and  the market food stalls where you may not eat unless you have an iron constitution.


With eyes wide open and an accepting mind, travel the expanses of sand, rock and stone deserts, the High Atlas Mountains, and rolling coastines, where you’ll witness the nomads tending  goats and sheep while a donkey stands patiently by. There’ll be a cluster of beehives among native herbs or mimosa trees and that same honey will be at your hotel table to be poured on spongy pancakes,  or fried bread made from delicious squares of folded dough.


Traditional tagines of chicken, lamb, fish and beef are loaded with local vegetables – always the onions at the base where they burn a little and give a smoky flavour to the whole dish.


Casablanca  was our jumping off point for a three week circuit of the country.    Bargain for some loose clothing in the market,or just buy a scarf or two and you’ll feel like, and be welcomed like, a local.

You may not eat a severed camel’s head, cow’s brains, or chew on a goat leg at the souk in Fez, but the couscous and tagines will wow you with their intense spices and regional variations.


Fez is the gourmet centre of the country.  Espresso is divine, Nos Nos –a latte served in a small glass is addictive and any place in the middle of nowhere will serve an excellent coffee.  Iced mint lemonade  replaces a cold beer which is sadly hard to come by.  Mint and green teas are a traditional welcome – ask for the non sweet version if you don’t like to drink sugar disguised as tea!  Morocco has an emerging wine industry and reasonable reds are offered at more expensive restaurants. Olives red, green and black are served at every meal.


Watch women peel shrimp at the docks of Essaouira where sardines are the largest export fish or sit in the shade and witness  this fascinating mix of Berber/ Arabian/ French/old and new ,tastes and social mores go by.

Don’t miss Morocco!

Travel with tour guides Denys James of www.DiscoveryArtTravel.com, or arrange a personal  tour with Experience It Toursaaron@experienceittours.com

Kelowna’s Hot Holiday Home Tour

hot holiday homesArtist Suzanne Anderton will showcase her artwork during Hot Holiday Homes in the “Old World Elegance Home” mentioned below. Suzanne is not only a very talented artist, but also my mother, and we are therefore extra thrilled to announce the tour.

Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns:  Six homes, dozens of designers, hundreds of ticket holders and thousands of Christmas ornaments

As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes.  This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging their own collections of décor and ‘insider’ knowledge of their homes to bring out the seasonal spirit, while others have embraced the opportunity to work with professional designers who bring a trained fresh eye to the project.

The décor teams from Expressions, Fresh Approach, Lemon Garden Design, JANUS Design, along with décor from Urban Barn, Target, Rona, Beachcomber, Bylands, Art Knapp and others have created beautiful homes to help you discover your own festive style.

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The homes on the tour include:

  • A newly renovated, beach-theme-inspired home with soft blue and green colours and driftwood accessories bringing Christmas to the shores of Lake Okanagan.
  • Constructed in 2009, this two-time Tommie Award winning home is a large three-story Tuscan with an amazing 180-degree view of Kelowna, Lake Okanagan and neighbouring vineyards. The homeowner keeps the interior design simple and clean with refurbished antique furniture.
  • Located in the heart of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area, this small home has been lovingly restored to its 1939 roots capturing the elegance and charm of the era.
  • An award-winning 1930 heritage home decorated by the homeowner and her daughter features a staggering twenty-five trees many filled with re-imagined salvaged items.
  • An early 1950’s character home that has retained may of its original features filled with revived, re-used and recycled antiques and special finds.
  • Perched above the hills of Kelowna, this gorgeous 5500 square foot home fuses Old World elegance with state of the art conveniences. – Anderton’s work will be here.

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The holiday spirit will be throughout these amazing homes with entertainment, food & beverage samplings, along with artists and artisans with seasonal products for sale.

Organizers have adjusted the tour schedule for Hot Holiday Homes this year making the tour one day only, Saturday, November 15, but opening the doors at 1:00 pm to allow guests to start earlier, stop for a late lunch or early dinner and continue their tour, or to tour more comfortably in daylight hours.  As always ticket holders are welcome to tour the homes in any order that they wish.

Tickets are available for $42 before November 1 and $47 after at Art Knapp, Bylands, Expressions, Green & Bear It, and Rick’s Garden World or online at www.hotholidayhomes.ca  Groups can save 10% on 10 or more tickets.  Ticket holders also receive exclusive discounts at participating shops & restaurants.

You can learn more about Hot Holiday Homes at www.hotholidayhomes.ca or follow them on twitter,facebook and pinterest at @hotholidayhomes

Artist Debra Martin will also be showcasing her artworks, be sure to look out for her newest paintings.