Host: Chamsi

Casablanca, Morocco

USD
$64-$146 per person

Authentic Moroccan home-cooking in an elegant Casablanca home

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Chamsi

Chamsi says that coming to Morocco can be overwhelming – in a good way! The sounds, the smells, and the local culture can be a mystery to visitors and meeting Chamsi is the perfect way to dig beneath the surface and connect with local life in a more personal and meaningful way. Chamsi is an Algerian-Canadian, married to a Moroccan. She and her husband have lived in Casablanca for three years and in that time she has come to love the local way of life. Of course, food has been central to her experience! She has learned the ins and outs of Moroccan cooking from the best home-cook she knows – her mother in law, Lala Naima. They believe that true, authentic Moroccan food is best when prepared at home and she is excited to share her recipes with travelers.

Chamsi is a professional photographer and has a great sense of color and texture, which means her food is both delicious and pleasing to the eye! She lives in a beautiful, newly built home with a large kitchen that's perfect for entertaining. Chamsi has a young son who might be home during your visit.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Join Chamsi and her family for an authentic Moroccan meal at their lovely home. They prepare typical home-style dishes that are seasonal and often feature Casablanca’s local seafood. You might try lamb tagine with seasonal vegetables, marinated and grilled seafood, Moroccan lemon chicken with olives, couscous, tchackchouka (roasted bell pepper salad), camel burger or zaalouk (eggplant salad) with homemade bread. You will conclude your meal with a dessert such as milk pastilla, oranges with cinnamon or Moroccan cakes.

Chamsi can prepare a wonderful vegetarian meal so be sure to ask if you have any special dietary requests.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Learn to prepare a Moroccan meal with Lala Naima and Chamsi in their kitchen. Lala Naima has been cooking for her family for many years and along with Chamsi will teach you to make typical Moroccan dishes. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and help prepare an authentic Moroccan meal. You’ll cook together for about an hour before sitting down to enjoy the dishes you helped prepare. Additional dishes for your meal might be prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Chamsi at her home in the Hay El Hana, an upscale neighborhood in Casablanca. After a refreshing drink and getting to know each other, head out to visit the local market. Chamsi will help you navigate the market, which can be overwhelming to explore on your own. She’ll show you where she buys her fresh produce, take you to the meat market (not for the faint of heart but a true, local experience!), and show you the spices that are on offer. Chamsi can help you do a bit of shopping if you’re searching for a certain ingredient.

Once your market experience is complete you’ll head back to Chamsi’s home by car to get cooking!

Notes: This is a family friendly experience!

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Lamb or beef tagine with seasonal vegetables
  • Couscous
  • Fish/Seafood grilled or marinated
  • Camel Burger
  • Moroccan Salads (eggplant, tomatoes, oignons, roasted peppers etc.)

Traveler reviews

What fun to be able to go to the fish market with a local to buy our food, then to be in a home in Morocco to actually learn how to cook Moroccan food. Chamsi was a wonderful host and a great cook. She explained all the spices used well and gave us cultural information to help us understand the cooking we did. Overall a great day! - Laurie November 14, 2017

Excellent experience. Host was welcoming and provided lots of information about Casablanca and the food. She encouraged us to participate in preparing our meal. Her home and family were delightful. We had a phenomenal time. - Monica and Susan September 30, 2017

Dinner at Chamsi's was awesome! Beautiful house, and her husband Badr/son Sammy were both lots of fun too. The meal was amazing. Great way to get a local and more authentic look at Moroccan culture and in someone's home. - Sam September 12, 2017

This experience was definitely unforgettable! I'm so happy my boyfriend and I decided to try this out. Chamsi and her family are lovely hosts with such open hearts and kind spirits. Overall, we were surprised at the eloquent lifestyle of this area in Casablanca. It's definitely different than the rural parts of Morocco we saw in the rest of our trip! Chamsi and her family showed us a real, authentic perspective and were happy to answer any questions we had about Morocco.
It's hard to say what my favorite part of the experience was, but some of the highlights were definitely spending some nice quality time with locals and getting to see all the markets. I'm also very happy to bring home some new cooking ideas! - Cristi and Christian, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

I had an amazing experience with Chamsi. She communicated prior to the cooking experience to found out my preferences and give transport instructions. Chamsi picked me up from the tram and then went to her beautiful home. She was extremely hospitable and kind. Chamsi explained so much about Moroccan culture & cuisine, I felt like I had a big step in understanding at the start of my Moroccan trip. I loved going to the market with Chamsi and then cooking with her. She was very patient and explained everything well. And then the best part - getting to eat it all! It was absolutely delicious and well-presented. Chamsi also sent me off with a goody-bag of sweet treats. This experience was amazing and I cannot recommend a Traveling Spoon experience with Chamsi enough!!! - Carolyn

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Chamsi

$64-$146 USD

per person
100%
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • This host accepts same day and next day bookings

Meet Chamsi

Chamsi says that coming to Morocco can be overwhelming – in a good way! The sounds, the smells, and the local culture can be a mystery to visitors and meeting Chamsi is the perfect way to dig beneath the surface and connect with local life in a more personal and meaningful way. Chamsi is an Algerian-Canadian, married to a Moroccan. She and her husband have lived in Casablanca for three years and in that time she has come to love the local way of life. Of course, food has been central to her experience! She has learned the ins and outs of Moroccan cooking from the best home-cook she knows – her mother in law, Lala Naima. They believe that true, authentic Moroccan food is best when prepared at home and she is excited to share her recipes with travelers.

Chamsi is a professional photographer and has a great sense of color and texture, which means her food is both delicious and pleasing to the eye! She lives in a beautiful, newly built home with a large kitchen that's perfect for entertaining. Chamsi has a young son who might be home during your visit.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Join Chamsi and her family for an authentic Moroccan meal at their lovely home. They prepare typical home-style dishes that are seasonal and often feature Casablanca’s local seafood. You might try lamb tagine with seasonal vegetables, marinated and grilled seafood, Moroccan lemon chicken with olives, couscous, tchackchouka (roasted bell pepper salad), camel burger or zaalouk (eggplant salad) with homemade bread. You will conclude your meal with a dessert such as milk pastilla, oranges with cinnamon or Moroccan cakes.

Chamsi can prepare a wonderful vegetarian meal so be sure to ask if you have any special dietary requests.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Learn to prepare a Moroccan meal with Lala Naima and Chamsi in their kitchen. Lala Naima has been cooking for her family for many years and along with Chamsi will teach you to make typical Moroccan dishes. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and help prepare an authentic Moroccan meal. You’ll cook together for about an hour before sitting down to enjoy the dishes you helped prepare. Additional dishes for your meal might be prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Chamsi at her home in the Hay El Hana, an upscale neighborhood in Casablanca. After a refreshing drink and getting to know each other, head out to visit the local market. Chamsi will help you navigate the market, which can be overwhelming to explore on your own. She’ll show you where she buys her fresh produce, take you to the meat market (not for the faint of heart but a true, local experience!), and show you the spices that are on offer. Chamsi can help you do a bit of shopping if you’re searching for a certain ingredient.

Once your market experience is complete you’ll head back to Chamsi’s home by car to get cooking!

Notes: This is a family friendly experience!

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Lamb or beef tagine with seasonal vegetables
  • Couscous
  • Fish/Seafood grilled or marinated
  • Camel Burger
  • Moroccan Salads (eggplant, tomatoes, oignons, roasted peppers etc.)

Traveler reviews

What fun to be able to go to the fish market with a local to buy our food, then to be in a home in Morocco to actually learn how to cook Moroccan food. Chamsi was a wonderful host and a great cook. She explained all the spices used well and gave us cultural information to help us understand the cooking we did. Overall a great day! - Laurie November 14, 2017

Excellent experience. Host was welcoming and provided lots of information about Casablanca and the food. She encouraged us to participate in preparing our meal. Her home and family were delightful. We had a phenomenal time. - Monica and Susan September 30, 2017

Dinner at Chamsi's was awesome! Beautiful house, and her husband Badr/son Sammy were both lots of fun too. The meal was amazing. Great way to get a local and more authentic look at Moroccan culture and in someone's home. - Sam September 12, 2017

This experience was definitely unforgettable! I'm so happy my boyfriend and I decided to try this out. Chamsi and her family are lovely hosts with such open hearts and kind spirits. Overall, we were surprised at the eloquent lifestyle of this area in Casablanca. It's definitely different than the rural parts of Morocco we saw in the rest of our trip! Chamsi and her family showed us a real, authentic perspective and were happy to answer any questions we had about Morocco.
It's hard to say what my favorite part of the experience was, but some of the highlights were definitely spending some nice quality time with locals and getting to see all the markets. I'm also very happy to bring home some new cooking ideas! - Cristi and Christian, Traveling Spoon Ambassadors

I had an amazing experience with Chamsi. She communicated prior to the cooking experience to found out my preferences and give transport instructions. Chamsi picked me up from the tram and then went to her beautiful home. She was extremely hospitable and kind. Chamsi explained so much about Moroccan culture & cuisine, I felt like I had a big step in understanding at the start of my Moroccan trip. I loved going to the market with Chamsi and then cooking with her. She was very patient and explained everything well. And then the best part - getting to eat it all! It was absolutely delicious and well-presented. Chamsi also sent me off with a goody-bag of sweet treats. This experience was amazing and I cannot recommend a Traveling Spoon experience with Chamsi enough!!! - Carolyn

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$82 $74 $64
Cooking Experience + Meal
$130 $126 $116
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$146 $136 $128
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm 2:00pm-8:00pm
Host Contact
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