Food + Travel: Our Moroccan Breakfast + a Trip to the Bakery (Torino, Italy)

Waiting for us when we arrived at the Moroccan restaurant, Al-Andalus, which is located near Porto Palazzo in Torino, was a handsome gentleman with a warm, welcoming grin.  Our host, Vittorio Castellani, promptly brought us to the dining room.  Pitchers of blood orange juice and kettles of sweet tea brewed with mint leaves were served to us as the chef described the dishes, which consisted of crepes and honey, cornmeal biscuits and other delicious (carb heavy) treats.

From here, we traveled to an Arab bakery, where more sugary confections were consumed.  It was a modest space and the baker, who provided lots of heartfelt smiles, was equally so.  But the baked goods, ranging from baklava to a pastry made with couscous, were all beautifully made.

Disclaimer: This post is a part of a series that I will be doing on Torino, Italy. I was recently invited to take part in an all-expense paid tour of the area.  The views on my blog are my own and in no way was I monetarily compensated for writing this entry (or required to post, for that matter).

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  • BunkycooksMay 22, 2012 - 9:42 am

    The desserts and pastries look incredible. Looking forward to seeing more posts on your trip.ReplyCancel

  • baker in disguiseMay 22, 2012 - 9:51 am

    i keep saying this.. but you are such a lucky man!!! brilliant pics!!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Stone | Add a PinchMay 22, 2012 - 9:53 am

    These photographs are simply gorgeous. The more you share of your trip, the more I’m ready to pack my bags and go!ReplyCancel

  • Laura@MotherWouldKnowMay 22, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Amazing photos (redundant, but accurate) and lovely commentary. Wish I could taste those sweets. Actually, the smells seem to be wafting right through my laptop:)ReplyCancel

  • StephanieMay 22, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Love your travel posts. Everything looks so lovely. Can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMay 22, 2012 - 10:25 am

    I’ve never had Arabic sweets in Italy before. Every thing looks delicious and I bet the flavors were wonderful. Now I’m craving a Moroccan breakfast;)Such pretty lighting in the photos…crisp and lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Panini HappyMay 22, 2012 - 10:33 am

    This food all looks so incredible! What a fabulous opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Notyet100May 22, 2012 - 10:55 am

    Awesome postReplyCancel

  • marisaMay 22, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Great, Brian! evocative and sensitive text&photos, capturing the essence of people and places….thanks!
    marisaReplyCancel

  • AmandaMay 22, 2012 - 11:15 am

    So often “Moroccan” restaurants are really not Moroccan at all but this one absolutely is!!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • SarahMay 22, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Wonderful post and gorgeous photographs. I wish I could visit this bakery, one day I will.ReplyCancel

  • chrisMay 22, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Lucky ducky… all expenses paid :) Beautiful photos. I can’t wait to hear more about your travels.ReplyCancel

  • Anita at Hungry CoupleMay 22, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Everything looks so wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Family FoodieMay 22, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    Oh my goodness….what beautiful photography. I just want to bite right through the screen! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • cathy from arizonaMay 22, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    Everything looks wonderful- looking forward to more posts.ReplyCancel

  • MariaMay 23, 2012 - 8:44 am

    How fun! My brother lived in Torino for awhile. Such a great place!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaMay 23, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Brian, whoa! What an absolutely stunning post. I love to point out my fav images, but I really can’t in this one–they’re all so truly special. Thank you for allowing me to escape to Torino (and Morocco, it seems!) this morning. xoReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.May 23, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    fabulous travel post as always! One Day we are destined to meet! so much in common!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodMay 23, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    Oh I wish I had some of the tea. Beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieMay 23, 2012 - 10:06 pm

    I want to go there too!ReplyCancel

  • SandraMay 24, 2012 - 8:05 am

    Amazing pictures and adventure!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 24, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Mnnn. . . I loves me some breakfast, especially when it’s Moroccan.

    ¡Cuidado, hay moros en la costa!ReplyCancel

  • KateMay 24, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    Beautiful photos as always! I loved hearing about your trip. It sounds wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMay 24, 2012 - 4:14 pm

    Love your photos… And, I’m seriously craving some pastries after seeing all of those gorgeous photos. Yum :)ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisMay 24, 2012 - 9:00 pm

    Brian
    your images are incredible, you make me miss Italy more than I already do!
    Thank you so much for sharing these delicious pics with us, I can at least live vicariously through them!

    DennisReplyCancel

  • naomiMay 25, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely shots, Brian. Wow. The food looks incredible, especially the pastries.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMay 26, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Lovely. I can almost smell the sweet honey in the baked goods. The perfect breakfast in my opinion!ReplyCancel

  • torviewtorontoMay 28, 2012 - 11:39 pm

    beautiful pictures of delicious looking foodReplyCancel

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