Marrakech can put one into sensory overload after a couple of days of walking through the city,seeing the sights,sampling the food and shopping. The best break for me is to get into a kitchen and do a little cooking in order to slow things down a bit and process or "steep" in a new cultural experience. House of Fusion was the perfect place to do just that. My husband and I signed up for the half day course and got a truly delightful experience that included a little language instruction, history, food shopping and a lot of cooking and eating.
The owners are very personable and friendly and willing to allow for varied levels of skill in the kitchen. They have a great knowledge of both the local spice palate and technics for making a variety of traditional dishes. It is a "hands on" experience and not merely a demo making it all the more enjoyable. Each item we made was gone over in detail and there was enough time to write everything down in order to re-create the entire menu.
The one down-side was the lack of truly good quality chef's knives; both my husband and I agreed on that but it actually had little effect on the end result which was delicious and well plated and much enjoyed. A must-try experience for anyone with time in the area.
Although we did not stay at this Riad it is certainly at the top of my list if we return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderful culinary destination is somewhere glorious to holiday and celebrate fooding. Sumptuous accommodation in this chic riad, is offered exclusively, to guests booking a culinary stay. Then there are the fabulous gourmet road trips, all the way to the desert, where along the way, you will picnic in hidden gorges, stay in kasbahs, cook in a tribal desert outpost, beyond the end of the road, close to the Algerian border, later, riding camels to camp beside dunes, in a private camp, cooking dinner over stones. Fusion and traditional cooking classes are held in the riad and a traditional over coals class can be had in a remote High Atlas village, 90 minutes from Marrakech and a tribal desert outpost as part of a road trip. Gourmet picnics along the Tizn Test, dinner parties and celebrations. Everything we do is far off the tourist trail and glorious beyond words. All holidays are planned to feel personal and absolutely extraordinary. ... more less
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