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Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

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Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

hello

What is the best way to book a riad? When you find one that you like do you contact them directly or do you book via a bigger website?

Also, I am really interested in cooking and Moroccan food - are there any food tours or cooking schools that anyone could recommend. In particular I would really like to see how couscous is made and how to make a really good tangine.

Thanks

Fiona

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1. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

You can book a riad directly without having to go through a travel agency. All you need to do is make sure it has many rooms to host you and your friends. the other important thing is to look for a riad with a great location and a license to serve alcohol should you need to drink it . Some riads may be cheaper but they leave much to be desired in terms of services and location( hard to find) .

As for cooking schools in Marrakech, the best is la maison arabe( www.la maison arabe.com) where you learn to make a number of tagines, pastilla and couscous and salads. Those interested can take many courses..

need further help feel free to ask

cheers

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2. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

There is no need to book through an agency - most riads have their own websites and take bookings directly.

There are several riads that organise cooking lessons in Marrakech: Maison Arabe, Jnane Tamsna, Rhodes School of Cuisine (this is an actual cooking school and is much more formal and expensive than the others - but if you're very serious about cooking, its worth looking into).

In Fes, there are a handful of riads offering cooking lessons. I know the Maison Bleue does. A google search on "cooking lessons in Fez" will turn up several possibilities.

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3. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

There is a fabulous new cooking school in Marrakech. Riad Merdoudi offer wonderful 1 - 3 day classes either in the riad or a village kitchen an hour and a half away. The day begins with deciding what the evening's feast will be, then follows a lesson in souk Arabic for all the ingredients that you will go off into the market to buy, the preparations begin! The food is Moroccan fusion..innovative, fun and celebratory. Edwina, an Australian with such passion for food, it's contagious, teams well with her Moroccan husband, to offer classes that will change how you dine, forever! Classes start at EU90 per person per day for guests staying in the riad and EU110 for those, not. As part of the day, you will take home a little suede covered notebook and a teapot you would have made tea in and the tea glasses you enjoyed from! No detail is forgotten!

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4. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

There is a fabulous new cooking school in Marrakech. Riad Merdoudi offer wonderful 1 - 3 day classes either in the riad or a village kitchen an hour and a half away. The day begins with deciding what the evening's feast will be, then follows a lesson in souk Arabic for all the ingredients that you will go off into the market to buy, the preparations begin! The food is Moroccan fusion..innovative, fun and celebratory. Edwina, an Australian with such passion for food, it's contagious, teams well with her Moroccan husband, to offer classes that will change how you dine, forever! Classes start at EU90 per person per day for guests staying in the riad and EU110 for those, not. As part of the day, you will take home a little suede covered notebook and a teapot you would have made tea in and the tea glasses you enjoyed from! No detail is forgotten!

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5. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

A rather biased view from you truebeliever....could this have anything to do with the fact you work at the Maison Arabe cookery school?

I have attended the day course here and its a little misleading to say you learn how to make all these things. On our day course we made 1 Lamb tagine which was delicious and a pepper salad, without doubt the best things we ate in Marrakech as the food was so diabolical most other places...

We enjoyed the day but wish it had been a little more productive

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6. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

if you have read correctly the previous message you'll have realised that you can learn to cook a tagine , couscous or pastilla, but not at the same time. In fact la maison arabe runs classes for a 2, 3 days or a week for those interested in learning more than one recipe. There are many cookery schools in Marrakech including but not limited to la maison arabe, Riad Tamsna, Dar Liqma, Kasbah Agafay. People are free to go where they want but the fact that you seem to enjoy your tagine and the best pepper salad is quite revealing

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There are amazing cooking classes in Marrakech at Riad Merdoudi where YOU choose what you would love to cook for the evening feast..we have just spent 5 fabulous days cooking with the Merdoudis,the best team in Marrakech! Edwina, such an inspirational foodie and her husband Abdellatif totally immerse the class in planning and preparing taking special consideration as to the pace the class want to move at..one day we DID prepare mechui, chicken b'stilla and couscous and butterflied sardines to walk to the community oven AND prepped lemon chicken for the next! Sponteneity, such fun and the most fantastic food.. well done Merdoudis!

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8. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

Ciao,

I think Maison Arabe is the best one.

;-D

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9. Re: Best way to book a Riad & Cooking Schools

Try Souk cuisine ( Google it ), a friend did this course, it sounds very good and much cheaper than all the others mentioned above , only problem is it is always booked up well in advance .

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