Sunday, January 24, 2010

A “bite” of Tunisia

Here I am back from lovely Tunisia! Lovely, lovely…

Lovely landscapes…

Lovely monuments and ruins…

Remember I told you I went to visit a friend? What I didn’t tell you is that my friend works as a head chef in a 5 star hotel in Tunis.

This is Walid, the hotel's pastry chef. I had vip access to the pastry kitchen and got to taste some yummy stuff. Oh yes, lucky me!

I also ate a lot of local food! Gotta love that Coke in arabiac …

And tea… I drank a lot of tea! This one is green tea with pine nuts. Amazing stuff!

They love tea, this is where locals drink theirs. It was inside a market.

And this was the market itself, such a fun place to visit...

... or to buy food. I have no idea what this guy was selling but it must have been good since everyone was buying it. It looked like a huge thick pancake.

Instead of the funny looking pancake I bought some traditional sweets. I bought sweets, what a surprise!...

One of my favorite parts of the vacations was having dinner at Walid’s house (the pastry chef) with his family. Homey traditional tunisian food! And how cool is their living room?

And when I say food, I mean lots of it! Salad, fish, cannelloni with harissa, couscous…

And because I was not tired of local food, the next day I went to a local market. Don't you just love to visit markets when you're abroad?

But besides all they food, I loved their doors. I have tons of pictures of doors.

I really loved their doors! So much in fact, I wanted to bring this one home with me. Unfortunately it didn’t fit my suitcase…

Good thing the traditional sweets were small and did fit my bags. Hummm let’s see, how many of each will I take?

Aren't they gorgeous? And how much patience do you have to have to place each pistachio and pine nuts like that?

I’m not sure if I’ll recreate these at home but I did buy some specific ingredients, I can’t wait to give them a go! But now I'll have to go back to real life...

19 comments:

Marina Mott said...

What a wonderful post!! Fabulous places and food and colors and everything!! Thank you for share!!
and welcome back!!

Bob said...

Sounds like a good time, great pictures! Those candies are gorgeous.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Lucky lucky you!! Looks like you had a great time!

Dawn said...

I am jealous, I do not hate you, but I am jealous. But I am also glad you had a good time, good memories. I love visiting my chef friends for all the perks, best thing ever.

laviana ( Fely) said...

que viaje mas maravilloso si algún día viajo a tunez, te aviso....
besos

Selba said...

Wow! Tunisia!

I would love to visit Tunisia someday... thanks for sharing the pics :)

Katrina said...

Oh such great photos! LOOOOVVVEEE the one with you taking a big bite of a sammie--that is awesome!

morgana said...

¡¡¡ Cómo te lo pasas, hay que ver !!! Qué envidia.

Ana said...

Me encantan todos lors relatos de los viajes que hacemos... sobretodo la parte dedicada a la astronomia y a los mercados... son impresionantes!!

Al igual que a ti me fascinan los colores y las puertas...

Chou said...

Welcome back, and thanks for sharing all those fabulous pictures.

Ingrid said...

Those doors are cool. NO way do I have that kind of patience. Can't wait to see what you bake up.
~ingrid

Juliana said...

Wow, love the pictures...thank you so much for sharing them...it was a log of fun seeing the pictures :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so cute! It looks like you had a great time!

Dolce said...

Lucky lady!!! The candies look perfect. I am sooo jealous... I should have brought some back while I was in France where you can also find them in some "epiceries"...

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

What a fantastic trip. Love the Arrabic Coke, and I am very curious about that sandwich you're eating. It's bigger than your head!

The food all looks gorgeous and so does the architecture. (Yes, nice doors). I got a kick out of the photo of your friend's house. There were those exotic looking benches covered with eastern fabrics and then in the background looked like the kind of rustic cabinet you would see in an American farmhouse. Very eclectic!

Barbara said...

Great photos! I am drooling over the sweets. Hope you can re-create some of them.
I loved their living room, but wondered how my bad back would fare.

Hope we hear more in future posts!

Cookie is my hero! said...

Absolutely Amazing Candies! Only one word to describe them.. Wow!

The Curious Baker said...

Can't believe you went to Tunisia. I've kinda just come back from there, was my home for a few years! Glad you liked it :)

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