South Bay Magazine, 2016
“As award-winning tour operator Peggy Markel suggests, it is a “feast for the senses.” With two decades of deep experience in global culinary traditions, she personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion through the sensorial pleasure of food in Morocco.
Her Moroccan adventure was developed in conjunction with the inception of the luxurious Jnane Tamsna guesthouse, a paradigm of Moroccan luxury and class in the Palmeraie and home to designer Meryanne Loum-Martin. Peggy’s personalized trip offers a complete experience of how cuisine, culture and the popular global Moroccan style can bring a sense of expansiveness and appreciation to our lives.”
South Bay Magazine, 2016, by Kara Mickelson
“The first thing you do is have dates dipped in milk and sprinkled with rosewater. It’s surrounded by mountains, and almost 4,000 feet [above sea level]. You’re in the middle of that. The quality of air has changed and the atmosphere has changed and you feel like you’ve entered into something from the past,” says Markel.
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“Travel through India with Peggy and you’ll learn how to make samosas, pickles and parathas at their sources; you’ll visit markets with knowledgeable cooks; and you’ll walk through fields of cumin and fennel.”
“Every meal that we (mostly Peggy) prepared was spontaneously planned. Every island we visited had a different catch of the day. With the basic “materia prima”, like pomodorini (organic cherry tomatoes), limone (organic lemons), basilica (basil) l’olio d’oliva extra virgine, caperi, (capers) and fresh fish, we were able to feed ourselves in our cucina piccola no matter where we anchored.”
“With two decades of experience in global culinary traditions, Peggy Markel personally hand-tailors each of her programs to lead her guests into cultural immersion, through the sensorial pleasure of food. Guests emerge transformed, embracing a greater awareness of the connection between themselves, other cultures, and the food on their plate.”
AFAR Magazine raved about Peggy Markel’s Culinary Adventures’ newest Culinary Adventure in the Aeolian Islands.
Even named it one of the Top Places to Visit in 2015!
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“When Peggy discovered my love of birding, she made every effort to make birding opportunities available to me. At each lodge, she got me rooms that maximized the chances of seeing birds, including a room at Kasbah du Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains that I called Rapunzel’s Tower (pictured above). I could climb a ladder to the rooftop each morning and watch birds in every direction.”
Learning from the Best
The Age Newspaper (Australia)
May 20, 2014
“Perhaps the best cooking classes are those that incorporate an understanding of the culture as well as the cuisine. This is one of those courses. The tour guides and cooking mentors leading these tours of Morocco are heavily invested in identifying local places and people that can give a real insight for those keen to learn. A travelling education, the cooking classes take in tours with local chefs in a succession of picturesque locations – from learning the secrets of lamb, fig and walnut tagine in the Atlas Mountains to exploring the famed Djenaa el Fna markets in Marakech, followed by lessons in pastilla and the use of spices.”
“You can see Marrakech, you can hear Marrakech and you can taste Marrakech. Peggy Markel’s cooking school gives you a diligent souvenir to take home from your travels: the ability to cook some of its most memorable dishes.”
HIP Hotels visited us while in the kitchen at Jnane Tamsna during our March 2014 Culinary Adventure in Morocco. We are HIP indeed!