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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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The chambre d’hôte Riad Alegria is easily found, quietly positioned down a cobbled alleyway, right by El Badi Palace where the migrating storks have set up their massive nests along the ramparts. Once on the rooftop of the riad , the iconic storks are the first thing you see, followed by the comfy cushioned sun lounges flanked by pots of bougainvillaea. Up a few more steps and the dip pool awaits, more than big enough for a family to cool off in together. A huge daybed lies dappled under a charcoal latticed patio, a perfect spot for reading or if... Continue reading
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When you open the door to any riad here in Marrakech it really is like opening up Pandora's box. You never, ever know what you will find. It is always with much anticipation that I cross the threshold . Whilst the basic architecture is the same design - internal courtyard with bedrooms facing inwards - every interior is vastly different, big , small, light, dark, old, modern and each is surely stamped with the unique personality and taste of the owner. They create their own Aladdin's cave. Riad Alegria was my destination yesterday where I was lucky enough to have... Continue reading
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We both ordered a thick hot chic and along black and put them together a la mocha !!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on A Madrid Tradition - part 1 at mosaic road
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At any time , day or evening, La Mallorquina, is always packed with local Spaniards and tourists alike waiting in line to purchase or order a delicious freshly baked pastry or cake, knowing they taste just as good as they smell and look. The vast array makes it impossible to choose. My suggestion is buy up big and share [or not]. You will walk off the calories seeing the sights of this wonderful city. Above is a photo of the Spanish cousin to French toast called Torrijas. They are very much an Easter tradition like hot cross buns are to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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La Mallorquina is an institution in Madrid that opened in 1894. Downstairs is a bakery and patisserie and a confectionery and a stand up coffee bar. Upstairs is a tearoom with quite plain and simple decor, seating maybe 50 at a push, maybe less. If you are lucky to get a window seat then you will get views over the Puerto del Sol, looking towards Gran Via. To get a much sought after table upstairs there is a number system, exactly like the deli. You take a ticket and wait till the number appears on a screen. While we waited... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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I recently enjoyed this summer cocktail and loved the innovative tropical presentation. It was an alcohol free fruity spritzer of orange and mango. Furls of lightly toasted coconut formed a tiny mountain on top with silver dragees scattered around like mini volcanic rocks. These silvery balls are usually seen on cakes and pastries. but looked so pretty on a drink. My fear was they would rush up the straw in a whoosh like pearl tapioca does in bubble tea but they were luckily a weeny bit too big for that. The dragee is also sometimes called a silver cachou -... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Lucy is now 15 1/2 years of age and this week has suffered a query stroke. She can partially stand and take a drink but has little interest in food and has no desire to get up or walk or even wag her tail. She sees the faces of my children but does not really engage when they speak to her. Over the next few days she might show some recovery or maybe not. This is a difficult and emotional time as all animal lovers know. She is being cared for in the most devoted fashion and as I am... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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If you blog it sometimes occurs to you that you might run out of things to blog about - I think it is called blogger’s block by the pro’s. I may sometimes lack impetus but there is never a shortage of subjects to inspire me. Travel and food will always ensure a steady stream of posts on Mosaic Road. My trip to Madrid opened up the blogging flood gates, so to speak and I have still more to share about that amazing four days. Today I want to show photos of an amazing vertical garden that many tourists may miss... Continue reading
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Tarte Tatin [ an upside down caramel apple pie for those not in the know] has a history going back to the early 1900’s where it was born from a mistake at the Hotel Tartin in the Loire Valley. The cook apparently put the cooked and sugary sliced apples into a pan with the crust on top in error. When inverted onto a plate it was discovered that the apples had caramelised and then on serving, it was so well received that it became a signature dish. I have never made one as I have never owned the right pan... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I love love love ice cream. I try my hardest not to have it in the house as it is not safe to leave me alone with it, ever. I can consume any amount at any time. With ice cream - and here is my guilty secret - I have no satiety level. At the weekend I had one creamy scoop and it was perfection. Flecked with black vanilla seeds, it was a globe of great beauty to a self appointed afficionado like myself. But wait , there is more. It did not sit alone on a plate, looking meltingly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at mosaic road
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If I wake early I try to get up quickly just to raise my blind as I know what awaits outside my window. The hot day ahead is heralded by an enormous dawn sky tinged with pink. Beneath it are the still snow capped Atlas mountains, the many local minarets and the fading twinkling city lights. So worth waking up for !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at mosaic road
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This is my last post on Riad emerizi sahari not because I have run short on things to say - not possible - but because I want to leave something for guests to discover when they stay there. I am hoping I have inspired someone, anyone, everyone to get on a plane and book in there for a few nights of luxe R & R. Marrakech is full of people, noise, colour and adventure and to appreciate it fully you need a haven to escape to, a place to recharge before heading back into the fray. This riad does exactly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at mosaic road
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Attention to detail is unsurpassed in Riad Emerizi Sahari and the luxe en suite bathrooms are no exception. A bathroom on the whole is a utility room but when on holidays - unless trekking or camping - a high end bathroom can seal the deal for me . Fat, fluffy towels and finest quality toiletries are to be found in Riad Emperizi Sahari where the bathrooms are really further icing on the multi tiered cake. They are full of natural light and spacious with occasional swathes of bright colour enhancing the neutral stone walls and floors. Blissful perfection !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at mosaic road
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The Webster dictionary defines the word salon as an elegant living room or a hall for the exhibition of art. It is, as we know, a lovely French word and its first known use was 1699. This was also the year that a Moroccan Ambassdor visited Paris and just maybe he bought the word back to his homeland. To this day here, a lounge or living room {as Australians know it } is referred to as a salon. The charming Riad Emperizi Sahari has a gracious salon that epitomises the above definition, enhanced by fresh flowers and candles. Cool as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at mosaic road
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As you wander the public spaces of riad embariza sahari your eye will be caught by the many beautiful objets d’arts, perfectly positioned and perfectly chosen to enhance a corner or catch the light. Each artisan crafted piece will have a story that the riad owner , Alexandra, can share with you and will bear witness to a tiny chink of Moroccan history. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at mosaic road
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A perfect light luncheon was served starting with an amazing array of cheeses and an inky black olive spread. I was very taken with a fabulous saffron infused cheese, veined in bright yellow. Many areas in the courtyard of Riad Emberizi Sahari , either shaded or in dappled sunlight, are available for guests to either eat and drink or laze with a book or just sit soaking up the serenity. If a post prandial saunter is required then just take the stairs to the expansive roof top area and enjoy the views in every direction over the city. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at mosaic road
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I could barely tear myself away from the serenity of the courtyard garden at Riad Embariza Sahari but I knew more wondrous images awaited my camera once I climbed the old stone staircases . On that given day I was able to wander freely throughout the house and gasp as I passed treasures and artifacts in the hallways. I trod gently over the vibrant traditional floor rugs and stared agog at the gorgeous artwork on every wall . The bedrooms and bathrooms with their muted washed out colouring just took my breath away and exude the perfect amount of cool... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at mosaic road
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Yesterday I experienced a jaw dropping moment, many of then in fact, as I wandered a paradise right here in the old Medina of Marrakech. I did not have a lot of time due to work commitments but enough time to be awestruck by the totally encompassing beauty and to share a lovely lunch. Please look at this link as you will want to get on the next plane to Morocco. Riad Emberiza Sahari . I will say no more but post photos that will tell you all you need to know. Outside pictures today, drop dead gorgeous interior tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at mosaic road
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Today I celebrate half a year of living and working in Marrakech. It has flown by and I have truly experienced happiness every day. I love this city, I love my job and I love the Moroccan people and their warmth and generosity.. It has not been hard at all to feel like I truly belong here. I have of course been on a steep learning curve and the rule of thumb here is to expect the unexpected. Life cannot be micro managed like it can be in developed countries but eventually everything gets done in a relaxed Moroccan time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at mosaic road
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No one really knows that Rabat is the capital city of Morocco, the administrative hub, full of people , cats and traffic. It is not on the tourist trail and the TV travel show do not come this way. I have visited this city a couple of times and am here for visa reasons. It is not wildly exciting, just a sprawl of housing on the outskirts and government buildings in the centre. Embassies and consulates lie in a lavish cluster with their flags flying above tropical gardens full of lilies, bougainvillaea and palms. There is a modern tram service... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at mosaic road
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Morocco is second only to Greece in the export of olives . And Moroccans certainly eat olives in huge quantities. I have seen them served at every meal. The olives above are chocolate, believe it or not. Not chocolate covered olives !!! But almonds covered in coloured chocolates . I think they look very authentic. They were in so many different types of pretty gift boxes in an amazing candy and chocolate shop in Madrid. Very tempting !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at mosaic road