Incredible Marrakech

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Finally, for the very first time we set our foot on the African continent, more precisely on Northen Africa, Marrakech. It is the fourth largest city of the Kingdom in Marocco. The word Marrakech it self taken from the Berber words “amur (n) akush” which mean “Land of God”.

No wonder why they named it like that, the beauty of surrounding landscape begins with snow-capped Atlas mountains, the “Red Walls” of the city, the busiest square in around Africa Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famous Souks, Koutoubia Mosque, beautiful Gardens, Magnificent Historical Architectures of Ben Youssef madrasa, Palaces, and Riads.

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Majorelle garden

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When we stepped in into this magical Souk, our eyes were distracted by so many beautiful and exotic such as carpets, lamps, leather poufs, spices, and other colourful things . Without realising it, we were drifted through the magic Labyrinth inside the souk, and suddenly appeared in the middle of it. Which there, we had the best grilled lamb which cooked traditionally inside the underground stove, they served it with a slice of bread, tomato, olives, and a pinch of caraway seed.

We don’t need a proper map to discover the souk, just enjoy the lost in this magical Labyrinth, although we still need to be careful for the swindlers which hanging around, whose offering a way out, but with asking a lots of money in return. But, again what is a Souk without a bargain and a little bit of adventure.

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At the time we decided to visit Marrakech, the first thing on my head, was i need to find a perfect Riad. Because, what is a visit to Marrakech without staying in Riad. Riad is a type of traditional Moroccan house or Palace with an interior garden. Riads were the stately city homes of the wealthiest citizens. But now they often open it as a guest house which offer more private and exclusive accommodation rather than hotels.

What is unique about staying in Riad, is not only because of their beautiful architecture and design, but also since it’s placed mostly in a common neighbourhood which you have to go through a small alley first to find their secret door. And when you’ve found that small door, first, you’ll have a sceptic thinking, but when that small door open wide and you see through it, your eyes will be amazed by the beauty of the surrounding view of the details from their architecture and design, it felt like you’re entering a fairy tail life story. And to choose one from many of beautiful Riads, it was the hardest part, since i cannot decided only one, i want to stay in all these beautiful Riads. So at the end, we decided to stay in two different Riads for this time of visit. And these two Riads, are one of our Favourites.

Click on the pic that you like, it will direct you to our Favourite riad website.

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Pineapple Jam – Pastry

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It has been more than two years since i wrote my latest post for my blog.

There is always a way to turn the Lemon into a Lemonade, and it works also the same for  me in this whole world wide crisis situation that we are dealing it at the moment, which i really need a lots of distractions to keep my sane in place. I need to add something sweet into this situation, so i decided to make my homemade Pineapple Jam pastry for my first comeback post.

I am not a baked person, trust me. Each time i tried to bake some cake, even from the backing mix where you can easily bought from the Supermarkt, without even have to measure by your self each of the ingredients, still…it ain’t never work.

But, … this is where the challenge is. The happiest of our bellies is the most top priority above all, so i always need to find a thousand kind of way to enjoy our favourite cake or pastry, or even create it, without burning the house.

And this one is very easy and fast, and it is a perfect companion for your coffee or tea and a nice chat, so here are the steps and the ingredients that you’ll need for our delicious Pineapple Jam Pastry.

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Ingredients

  • 1,5 or 2 pieces of Pineapple
  • a pinch of salt, a bunch of luck
  • puff pastry
  • 1 yellow egg
  • 1 spoon melted butter

Directions

The Jam

  • clean and cut the Pineapple, and mix it in the food processor, we are using it rather than blender because we love it when the jam has a little bit of crunchy texture and not too smoothy
  • add a pinch of salt
  • heat the pineapple pulp until there is dry and no more water in it, you can add white sugar if you like it to be more sweet, but we love it when the taste more original from the pineapple it self, a bit of sweet and sour
  • turn down the heat into medium, cook it until it’s dry and sticky

The Pastry

  • pre heat the oven with 200 C
  • prepare the puff pastry, cut it into square
  • you need to keep the pastry moist, because when it’s dry, it will turn into a paper and it will be hard to form it
  • try not using too much layers of pastry, since it will not gonna be too moist when you baked it. Then apply melted butter on the surface and add a tablespoon of pineapple Jam, and fold it
  • apply the yellow egg on the surface of the folded pastry to create a nice brown looks when you bake it
  • bake the pastry for about 20 minutes, until it turns to goldy colour , then apply melted butter on the surface, then bake it again for about another 5 until 10 minutes

Voila,… the Crunchy Pineapple Jam pastry are ready.

For Tips, you can also replace the Pineapple jam to a banana or any other your favourite fruits jam.

Latins Quarter

Strolling the colorful alley in this Latin quarter Downtown of our city always fascinating me. With all the painted warm colours of walls, street art, buildings with full of cool Gravity and the famous Portuguese Restaurant at the corner which always busy and crowded with the people whose craving for their authentic tasty foods and their rusty lofty old-time vintage interior with warm greetings from the crew while their serve us with their soft bread and olives and creamy Aioli bring more vibes to the ambient which gave us a feeling that we are indeed like sitting in the middle of the city somewhere in the warm of Portugal.

Bare (healthy) Face

While the others are busy learning and focusing them self with Contouring techniques, I challenge my self to do the other way around, since i’m not a make up freak, my interest to learn those make up and other complicated layering and covering your face kind of skills is very low, even none.

I used to have oily skins, but since i moved to Europe, my skins getting rough and dry. I blamed it to the weather here. Too long Winter time and less Summer breeze or maybe just because of natural aging (skip this one) makes my skin more sensitive and dry and making me obsessed with all the skincares that very tempting screaming and promising (i’m weak for that) out there.

I never afraid of getting old or even have a wrinkles. For me it’s a natural kind of way to remind us that we are growing and tell us that we are a human being. What is more important for me is that i can have a healthy, dewy and glowy face skins. Since my skins are very sensitive, I love every products which contain natural ingredients, or less (even without) chemical, without paraben and also without animal testing.

And these are the products that i’m currently screaming on:

Step 1. The Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil

First, i’m very sceptic of using Oil as my cleanser, since i’m afraid that it will leave greasy feeling on my face. But after i tried this one, i’ve changed my whole thinking. Oil Cleanser is my new Must-item on my daily routine. This light formula work effectively cleansing your face (even with full make-up) without leaving a greasy or even dry skin after it. It have natural moisture (thanks to Kukui Nut and Macadamia). It also Non-Comedogenic and contains Vitamin E which your skin need the most, and the smells, like you having a fancy Spa each time you using it, and oooohhh I love it..!!!

 

Step 2. The Rosense Rose Water

 

I use this Rose water as Tonic after cleansing. It contains 100% of Rose Water. It work really amazing for my dry skin. I use a little amount of this by pouring it directly into my palm and wipe it directly to my face (without cotton pad). It gives refreshing feeling and the smell of the Roses is very lovely and makes my skin softer.

 

Step. 3 Aesop Damascan Rose facial Treatment

 

I am obsessed with this Aesop series. Their natural products are precious. This Facial Treatment contain Vitamin E and Vitamin A also enhanced Ten precious plant extracts. It nourishing and moisturising my dry and sensitive skin, and it smells Fantastic, I just can’t get enough for this one. I use it three until five drops (since it is very pricey) on every Morning and Night with soft massage on my face. This one is my Essential.

 

Step 4. Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

 

This Korean Brand Skincare is blowing the whole rating Online. One of my true reason to try their products. This is a very soft cream, very light and without Fragrance, which perfect for my sensitive skin. After a few times, i recognized that my skin is getting softer and the redness is start to vanish. This cream is soothing and healing my irritated and dry skin. And this feels so nice.

Extra Tips: I also sometime combine this Cream with my Aesop Facial Treatment, double actions in one move.

 

Step 5. Clinique City Block Sheer 25 SPF

 

Sunscreen is top of the top Important thing for your skin. Use sunscreen every day and you will thank yourself later for that smart investment for your skin health. Using sunscreen only on the Summer time is an old rubbish thinking. Your skin need to be protected even on the day without a sunshine. This weightless formula contains SPF and antioxidants. The texture is very smooth and get easily absorbed into the skin. Make sure you apply this light Moisturizer Sunscreen with SPF before leaving home.

Cherry Blossom

oh Spring…we’ve been waiting for you.

This season is the best season of the year. Specially when you have this Cherry Blossom tree at your backyard. At this moment, we always take off all the curtains, so we can enjoy this beautiful view directly through the backyard from our living room and also from our kitchen windows. And while we zipping our after lunch Cocktails from our balcony terrace as well,..off course. And when they falling out, their pinky leaves magically turn our green grass into pink carpets. ooohhh Cherry Blossom, ….you are so beautiful.

25hours Hotel, Hamburg

Placed in the central of HafenCity district near to the famous Elbe River. Surrounded by Boats, Ships, Shipping Containers, Anchors and the witty Stories from the Sailors, not only as a real backdrop but every part of each also as the main Inspirations for this hotel.

While you stroll around the neighbour, your eyes will be spoiled with all the Authentic Historical Port scenes and buildings combined with modern infrastructures which making our Exploration more pleasant.

Crossing the river with the Ship for the enchant Famous Musical Theater in the evening or tracing the Elbe Tunnel placed 24M beneath the surface under the Elbe River, which connected Central Hamburg from the Port to the south side of the Elbe River or enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view of the City and the Harbour from the top of Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall should be a great option to explore the district.

After all the fun, before heading back to the Cabin, ask the receptionist for the Sauna’s bag, contained within all the needs for enjoying the cozy and lofty Sauna’s room in the top of the Building. And after that relaxing moment, when your belly is craving for good meals, just go to the ground-floor to The Heimat Kitchen+Bar where serves daily fresh and tasty foods and beverages.

Ahoy…Greetings from 25hours Hotel HafenCity Hamburg.