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Cooking class with Claire Borg in Victoria. A little charming piece of Gozo

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I love cooking classes. They are inspiring, you learn new things, share your thoughts and experiences with other foodies and try new things outside of your own box. Claire’s cooking classes in the heart of Victoria are so much fun. It’s all mentioned above and so much more. It’s like a little piece of Gozo. It’s authentic, unpretentious and delicious. It’s casual still professional and foremost charming. For me coming to Gozo always means popping in at Mojo’s (her restaurant/cafe) in Victoria but from now on also attending on of here classes. That’s a promise.

Tonight’s class had a focus on beet root. We made a delicious soup of beet root with green apples, beet root relish, beet root pickles as well as a beet root Valhornona chocolate cake.

Thank you and keep up the great work, Claire!

More info on Claire’s classes, her cooking and her restaurant on her blog Claire Borg

GOZO treasures

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gozo.. beautiful as evereverytime i come back to gozo i fall in love all over again. this was my first time in fall and due to several rains in the last couple of weeks the little island was lush and green as i’ve never seen it before.

blooming meadows, abundant fields, blue skies and just the perfect weather for our yoga retreat with my dear yoga teacher and friend michelle bartolo.

sunset yoga next to the sea... magical our lovely host not only offered us great and energetic yoga twice a day, also the accomodation close to ta pinu church near gharb was just gorgeous to relax and enjoy. definitely a must for all yoga and nature lovers!

in the free time there was enough time to explore the island once again, this time less beaching and swimming but hiking around the lovely villages of gharb, visiting exhibitions of local artists, shopping (i went a bit cou cou in organika in victoria ;), coffee & lunches and yummy dinners.

made with love... food at mojo'sthe culinary highlights were definitely once again maji’s (i wrote about it in summer), a sicilian place called panzier, the clock house, a cute little café run by the super friendly & cute monica and mojo’s, which is just opposite arkadia shopping centre. mojo’s was actually the nicest suprise of all at the very end of the week as it just came out of the blue with a lovely meal from the beginning to the end (chai tea cookies – yum yum). they just opened the place for the daytime one month ago and have very special breakfasts from crumpets to healthy mueslis and pancakes but also offer delicious lunches & snacks, everything with a special twist and nice service. why can’t this place be in malta?! the chef is claire borg who also gives cooking classes and writes for food magazines like TASTE and THE FOODIE. will definitely try to make it to one of here classes to get some inspiration!!
all of those places can be found easily in victoria.

gozo's magic... a lovely afternoon with rain & sunlast but not least i wanna share a secret with you. apart from amazing yoga, nature and food we also treated ourselves twice with a special gift. a massage.. but this isn’t just a normal massage. those massages are just amazing. and to be honest.. i think he is the god of massages, at least for me there is no better than him- ever!! HE is martin roddis and can be found in kercem, close to victoria. he not only uses to most scrumptious home made oils and creams, but also he massages you with tibetan singing bowls vibrating on your body and an amazing passion & energy. thank god he also gives treatements in malta. he comes to your home but also massages on fridays in one of my favourita yoga studios in the world :), in yoga intentions in paceville. but don’t spread it with the world ok?! not that one day he won’t have time for me anymore ;)

so this was it for this time. as you can see… the week in gozo was just divine. and i can’t wait to come back soon!

p.s. watch out for the next sunday issue of the malta indepent on 4 december! i had the honour to cook for the GOURMET TODAY magazine and you’ll find recipes for a vegetarian xmas menu in it which i will also share later on on my blog – don’t worry ;)

gozo. a love story…

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lovely view on the way to san blasmany people told me about their special connection to gozo. about its energy, the peaceful environment, the lovely walks.. so far i couldn’t really share it, i’ve only been there for a lunch or a day on the sailing boat and couldn’t really understand it so far… but now, after living in malta for 1,5 years (!), life somehow crossed all plans and somehow took me on a nearly 2week vacation to gozo.. and i finally fell in love too <3

tiny little alley on a walk through a villagexlendi bay was the homebase for the first week, gharb, a cute little sleepy village in the north west of the island, for the second (spend a week of yoga holiday there with www.yogatraveller.com).and i have to say: i was just amazed by the friendliness of locals…gosh! they ARE friendly, doesn’t matter if in restaurants, when you ask for help or just start chatting with some random people at the sea…. many of them seemed to share the same passion of eating, nice wine and enjoying life and i talked about my blog not only once with them ;)
the beaches and the cristal clear water in the different bays are just divine for long swims and also perfect for diving. san blas and mgarr-ix-xini i loved the most. but enough of the ‘talking’, let’s now focus on my culinary highlights i’d love to share with you:

the cook preparing the freshest fish in his outdoor kitchenmgarr-ix-xini (gozo)
let’s start with the best :D this was absolute my favourite place of the holiday. a hidden gem in a tiny bay, located under some shady trees this place is a very low key, casual restaurant for yummy seafood and wine. the prices are not low key at all, but it doesn’t really matter, as we are used to spend that amount of money for a nice meal in malta, too.. the lovely family run restaurant just wins your heart with their very simple charm and just the freshest ingredients. my favourite was the vongole with orange and a glass of crisp greco di tuffo. can it get any better???


this didn't only look amazing, it was just divine :)maji wine & dine, victoria (gozo)

my second favourite of this holiday. unfortunately we went there on a very windy day so the terrace was closed, but i still sneaked up the stairs and the view was just amazing. bit disappointed we got a table inside, but the food and the lovely service made it all up. again: super friendly staff, top reaction after we claimend about the wine (why don’t all the restaurant owners understand that this is one of the most crucial situations how to make your customers really happy!?) and some amazing food. my favourite: the terrine of salmon and cream cheese.. hmmmmmmmmm!

not sooo special: all the restaurants at xlendi bay. they all have really good ratings on trip advisor, but in comparison to the ones i mentioned above i don’t get it why they have all those top ratings. maybe it’s just too busy there… don’t get me wrong, we tried them all and they were all quite nice (again: service, wine, complimentary bruschette before your meal etc.) but still nothing super special. what i appreciated though was that home made pasta is very popular there and also the salads are always super fresh and yummy on a constant level (mixed greens, gozitan capers, bright red tomoatoes and sometimes even some fresh gbejna, the gozitan cheese, – yum!). out from all those places (zafiro, boat house, il-terrazzo, ta’ karolina, stone crab etc.) i liked zafiro most (watch out for the amazing musician who sometimes plays the guitar there and sings!) and stone crab least.

gozo – i’ll be back soon….