The Kasbah Chronicles (short version)
What a lovely surprise to wake up to this message on December 1, 2019
“Le riad au bord de l´oued is the Winner for Morocco in the Gourmand World Awards in the category B12 Translation .
You now qualify to compete for Best in the World 2020 with winners from other countries in the same category. This year a total of 225 countries participated in the competition. You can see the complete list of winners 2020 on www.cookbookfair.com
The following link will give you a General Presentation of the Gourmand Awards, including our Gourmand World Summit 2019 at UNESCO, the International Village of Gastronomy in front of the Eiffel Tower, and the awards ceremony in Macao. last July
Your book will be in the events next year. . .”
Congratulations and best wishes for 2020
Please like the Facebook page or the Amazon.com listing. Every little thumbs up helps, I am told!
Visit Le Riad page on this website.
Kitty MOST EXCELLENT ADVENTURE AT ADULT SPACE CAMP in HUNTSVILLE, AL.
TWO GOLDEN AGERS
(IF THAT’s WHAT WE ARE AT THIS STAGE OF OUR LIVES??)
https://www.spacecamp.com/img/2018/PG2018.pdf program guide
Where to begin? The article explains most of it. This was, for me, the kick of a lifetime. My friend Pat (www.patmcardle.com), a novelist and solar cooking expert , feels the same way. So we attended Space Camp..
Kevin Joest, a talented young composer, was a member of our TEAM PIONEER at Space Camp. Most members were young techies, space groupies as I were, as I am. Listen to Kevin here:
Our great Team Pioneer (we won the prize for the best team!)
Chef Clementine feeds up to 850 children a DAY in the summer!
Then this: IN SPACE FOR REAL!!
In a historic moment of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, the company’s Crew Dragon craft successfully docked at the International Space Station on Sunday . . .
The Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA: Fascinating!Step into Air Force 1 (the old one), a piece of the Berlin Wall, the suit Reagan wore when he was shot, learn how to set a table for a state dinner at the White House(really!!) and much more. A very entertaining and educational 2 hours—
Presentations: Oceanside, CA.
Lunch and chat, thank you so much! Encinitas Literary Ladies:
It was great having you join us today for lunch. I know everyone had a wonderful time. I think it was a book club gathering that will be remembered for a long time! I will pass along the Kasbah Chronicles information to the group. We look forward to seeing you again some time in the future. Have a wonderful trip to Morocco (Your book helped us feel like we’ve been there).”
All the best, Pam
Presentation: SPACE CAMP ADVENTURES!
Kitty and Pat will give a talk on their adventures at Space Camp, July 19th, 2019
for the LIFE group (Learning Is For Everyone) at Mira Coast College in Oceanside (CA) (LIFE link)
Catalina and Avalon: a throwback to quieter times
Kitty in the media: Crown City Magazine,Coronado, CA
TIJUANA 40 years ago!
The San Diego Reader is really digging into its archives!
A piece I wrote about 40 years ago when I was on staff at the struggling (no longer so) San Diego Reader!! How things have changed!!
MY GRIPE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES:
Our flight back from Space Camp took 5 ½ hours from Charlotte NC to San Diego. A little boy, seated behind my friend Pat, coughed and sneezed all the way home, while his mother paid no attention. The inconsiderate woman kept eating her potato chips, ignoring her kid.
I AM ASKING WHY AMERICAN and all other airlines, DO NOT HAND MASKS WHEN THEY IDENTIFY A SICK PASSENGER. That kid infected half the plane (indeed, 2 weeks later, Pat still had a good case of bronchitis.) SHAME ON THE MOTHER.
News of Morocco and beyond:
Washington welcomes a female ambassador from Morocco:
Mon Dieu! We are ever so hip in Casablanca. A new restaurant on the Corniche, (read Mint Tea and Minarets for an insider’s view 🙂
“Au menu: … La carte du Gossip est une véritable invitation à la dégustation et à la découverte de plats simples mais raffinés, toujours revisités.”
Yves Saint Laurent exhibit in Seattle:
Headed to Fez? The new botanical gardens may be open in Spring 2017.
“Après 30 ans de retard, le jardin botanique de Fès verra le jour dans un “avenir proche”
|Le jour où la cuisine française envahit la télé américaine|
|The Day French Cuisine Appeared on American T.V.|
I flew across the pond to Morocco in early November to take care of Dar Zitoun, our family riad, 90 kilometres south of Casablanca. My memoir, Mint Tea and Minarets relates the story of this local landmark which I hadn’t visited in FOUR years. Although Dar Zitoun has been in the family for over half a century, it is time to put it on the market and hand over the keys to the next buyer. It is now “staged” for a sale.
In Morocco, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with old friends who always make my trip worthwhile. I am no longer conducting tours, but I can assure you that Morocco remains a welcoming destination.
First impressions: Air France rocks! And the connections between Paris and Morocco are excellent. I have no idea how the 800 passenger Airbus gets off the ground, but a complimentary glass of champagne and a smiling Air France flight attendant (yes, even in “cattle car”) did much to lessen my fears. While Charles de Gaulle airport is geared to luxury and comfort with soft music, a MUSEUM, and comfortable seating throughout, the Delta terminal at Kennedy is the “wretched” refuge of “huddles masses,” sitting and lying around on the floor. Is this the impression we want to give our visitors? Hats off to the TSA, however. Passport control now consists of scanning your passport into a machine.
Morocco sits squarely in the twenty first century. TEXTING is the norm. Freeways, skyscrapers, traffic jams to rival downtown L.A’s, Casablanca’s state of the art train station and sleek electric trams have transformed the landscape (downtown is now a giant pedestrian mall, how cool is that?) I browsed around the Galeries Lafayette, the iconic French store, at the Morocco Mall. STARBUCKS, KFC, MacDos and Pizza Huts are leading the fast food invasion. A royal wedding in Rabat topped it all off (I wasn’t among the guests, but I did meet up with Mrs. Chirac, wife of the former French president, in the Rabat medina!) Rabat’s recently opened Musée d’Art Contemporain is definitely worth the detour, as is dining in a riverfront restaurant in the new marina along the Bou Regreg.
These pictures will explain: The NEW Casablanca Train station/Casa Port.