BIG NEWS!! JOIN ME IN MOROCCO
After a twelve-year hiatus
I will go “home again” and join forces with
ADVENTURES BY THE BOOK
Adventures by the Book is pleased to invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to experience the culture and cuisine of Morocco with world-renowned chef and author Kitty Morse!
Coming out of retirement after 12 years, Kitty has graciously offered to escort us on an Adventure to her breathtaking country of birth for perhaps the very last time. For 10 days and 9 nights, we will visit 7 different cities on excursions such as a winery lunch, camping in the Sahara under the stars, a camel ride, visiting local markets, a special tea at Kitty’s family’s riad, and so much more!
We aim to provide intimate and unique Adventures, so this trip is limited in size, and we expect it to sell out quickly! To learn more, or to download a Registration Agreement and reserve your space on this amazing trip, visit OUR WEBSITE
We’ll see you in Morocco, Adventurers!
[P.O. Box 421472, San Diego, CA 92142]
In my backyard
OH! NO! FIGS AGAIN!
Catalina Island Rediscovered
Merci, Mr. Wrigley
At the beach
San Diego Book Fair
Vive le bilinguisme :
Pourriel?? (YOU MUST read the explanation)
From Morocco and beyond
Kitty in the media:
Paella a la Californiana
California Center for the Arts: New Show!
Figs again . . .
Many of you have followed the saga of my fig tree over the last two years. It became so prolific, and so heavy we had to chop it down. But we made cuttings. Now, they are reaching for the heavens. This summer, they produced just enough figs to share with birds, rabbits, and possums…but not enough to make jam or chutney. I’ll wait. LONG YELLOW figs developed specifically for our San Diego County micro-climate, are still the best I have ever tasted.
Kitty 2 for 2
The blue jay got there first!
Once the handful of figs harvested, we headed out of town for a return trip to Catalina Island off the coast of Long Beach (CA). I have written about Mr. Wrigley’s utopia before. Each time I set foot in Avalon, I am struck by the chewing gum magnate’s vision: He conceived the island as a holiday destination for everyman, nurturing the environment and excluding cars. The anchor remains its extraordinary art deco Casino, still the principal attraction.
Since we had explored Avalon on previous occasions, we decided to take a boat ride to Two Harbors, a diminutive beach nestled on a sandy crescent 50 mn up the coast. I can’t recommend this boat ride highly enough, especially on a sunny day. Two Harbors is also the narrowest point on the island, and you can walk from one side to another in about 20 minutes. We faced a small flotilla of sailboats bobbing in the emerald water during lunch on the beach, in an atmosphere reminiscent of a Mediterranean hideaway.
I announced the San Diego Book Fair in my last Chronicles. This is an event well-worth attending with dozens of authors from San Diego and beyond, and a wide-ranging children’s book section. Adventures by the Book (tour to Morocco organizer!)and Novel Network, my hosts for the event, had secured a prime spot at Liberty Station.
Kitty with Selina of ABTB
Shamefully, I had never set foot at this San Diego landmark located on the grounds of an old military base. No wonder Old Town San Diego has fallen into the doldrums. Its “authentic” depiction of the first settlement in the state is dusty and somewhat drab. Liberty Station, on the other hand, vibrates with activity, houses a couple of museums (New Immigrants Museum and a Museum of Comedy, I think?)..dance studios, stores, restaurants, and vast expanses of lawn for picnics and other events. A fun place in spite of planes landing and leaving Lindbergh Field. https://libertystation.com/directory/all
My main goal after signing a few books was to look for the FOOD! And the Liberty Public Market offered something for every palate: Lobster tacos anyone? https://libertystation.com/go/liberty-public-market.
Kitty in the media:
Coronado, CA (another utopia!) the “island” in the middle of San Diego Bay, now ranks its own Crown City Magazine. See Paella Perfection
and my recipe for Paella Californiana
Overheard at Carlsbad beach:
Two, fifty something women, walking and chatting:
“I need to find a different way to express my love. . . . I guess!”
on the beach walk
Overheard in Avalon:
9AM.. group of 10 20-something men and women in tight fitting sports gear.
“Yeah. We just didthe Alps!”
New show at California Center for the Arts in Escondido (CA)
Call ahead for a docent-led tour.
DesEscondido/No Longer Hidden: Public Address Art Exhibition
September 29 – November 18, 2018
LE FRANCAIS A l’HONNEUR : FRENCH IS IN!
Vive le bilinguisme :
Who says French is moribund?
What is POURRIEL ? C’est pas joli ca ?
Let me break the word down for English speakers:
Pourriel= rotten emails (I surmise?) = SPAM !!!!!!!!!!
And you can reserve your plane ticket while doing so!
News from Morocco:
A new museum in Marrakech dedicated to WATER
Moroccans and water conservation:
A TECH CAMP FOR GIRLS!
PRI’s The World: Morocco and women’s career dreams
For these girls in Morocco, a tech camp presents a rare opportunity to pursue their career dreams
PRACTICE FRENCH IN THE US:
Practice your French in Louisiana : On parle français en Louisiane
Brush up on your provençal:
Provence: Les Romanichels (gypsies)