What’s your job? What do you love about it?
Soon my boutique guesthouse will open in the Ourika Valley. A beautiful and peaceful valley in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, forty five minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. I am currently working on the interior design of the guest rooms.
I also search for and buy vintage Moroccan Berber carpets and other beautiful things which I sell on my website and in the very near future in my boutique.
My work gives me an opportunity to be creative, to travel and to meet interesting people. I love my work!
Why do you like Invite For A Bite?
It is a very unique and informal way to meet other travelling women who may also be carrying a book or magazine to the dining table for a little company!
What have you invited people to on Invite For A Bite?
A dinner in Calabria, the beautiful south of Italy!
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Piranha’s in Venezuela.
What’s your guiltiest food pleasure?
Italian ice cream (only the real thing in Italy though!)
Oh, and in Verona (address: Corso Porta Nuova) there is a Japanese restaurant called Ikai which serves the best, most delicious warm chocolate cake topped with green tea flavoured ice cream! Had two portions last time I was there!
Which women, living now or in the past, would you invite to an ifab dinner party?
Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Maria Montessori, Stevie Nicks, Karen Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dawn French and I could go on and on…
Where are you from, and when you’re traveling what food from your country do you miss the most?
I am from The Netherlands but before moving to Morocco my home was in Italy. When I travel I don’t really need to miss Italian food because in every city worldwide there is always a great Italian restaurant. The Dutch are not particularly famed for their cuisine but enter a snack bar in The Netherlands and you will not want to leave!
Name a country you’ve visited whose food you love. What not-to-be-missed dish should people eat there?
Morocco, tagine with prunes and almonds! Will definitely organise an invite for atagine bite at my home here in the Ourika Valley!
What about YOU dear reader? What food from your country do you miss when you’re abroad?