Finding a good place where to have a meal in Marrakesh is not a difficult task - but finding a place which is authentic and not touristy is a bit more of a challenge. Hidden in the middle of the tiny streets which construct the Souq Semmarine within the Medina is a three story "kafé" with a lovely terrace - which is not hounded by tourists.
I decided to choose the fixed menu (for the modest price of €13) - in order to try Moroccan specialities I would otherwise probably not order on my own - and what a great idea that was!
First course was a traditional Moroccan soup, harira, with legumes, tomatoes, spices and fresh herbs. Although the temperature was still at 35°C at 9:30pm, the hot soup was excellent and actually cooled me down. (Moroccans drink hot beverages like mint tea throughout the day to cool down).
Then came the main course. I was brought a scorching hot terracotta tajine - the waiter proceeded to remove the lid and revealed a sizzling chicken leg with beautifully crispy skin and confit lemon. Next to the dish a bowl with semolina (one of the products used to make couscous) appeared. The purpose of it was to soak up all the delicious cooking sauce which came in the tajine. I must say I did an excellent "scarpetta" job!
Dessert consisted in a fresh orange salad with cinnamon - what a great combination! Served with boiling hot mint tea, it was an excellent way to conclude an authentic Moroccan dining experience.
Derb Sidi Abd El Aziz, Marrakesh 40000, Marocco
We recently had the chance of working on a project with Douglas Gayeton, co-founder of thelexicon.org, graphic designer and filmmaker.
During our study trip to The Netherlands we had to collect as much content as possible, between photographs, interviews and descriptive notes of what we saw in each food producer we visited. Once back in Pollenzo, Douglas divided us into teams and assigned different tasks.
I was in charge of collating the 200 pictures I had taken at the UNISG Alumni's CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, "De Stadsgroenteboer", to eventually create the image above.
I then had to speak with my editor to decide which information we would like to place onto the infant to best communicate how the Alumni tackle sustainability.
We decided to illustrate the parts of the photograph that were missing, to add all the vital information like address, name and category. As extras we chose to add a speech bubble with inside of it written a phrase they said during our visit, one which we found particularly striking: "we came up with the idea during dinner with wine and food in Bra".
Finally, the wider and more explanatory story was handwritten on the frame. It was a great experience to be able to work with Douglas and although it was demanding and at times even stressful, I enjoyed the ride and would do it again in a heartbeat.