Jordan ~ A whiff of history and heritage in real time!

By Ishita B Saha: Jordan is a country wrapped up in history and heritage. And almost every stone and rubble that we walked on, bore a testimony to that. Never have we been to a place so vibrant in its culture and warm in its hospitality. And never have we been so conflicted with our own emotions to the political instability around the world – how easily have we etched geographical boundaries and created partitions? If a bend at a highway pointed to Israel, the next bend reflected the pain of Gaza and the lost land that has once been Palestine. Our Jordan trip as part of FoodeMag’s #DestinationDiaries was nothing less than extraordinary and incredible – in its culinary exploration as well as peeping deep into humanity. We thank Samantha Wood, the food blogger extraordinaire and founder of the restaurant review website www.foodiva.net and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea & Mövenpick Resort Petra for inviting the FoodeMag team for this curated trip to Jordan.

Yes, that olive tree in the courtyard of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea! Nestled in a lush garden with its own orange orchards and olive trees, the resort resembles a traditional stone village and is located in the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth.

Yes, that olive tree in the courtyard of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea! Nestled in a lush garden with its own orange orchards and olive trees, the resort resembles a traditional stone village and is located in the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth.


Driving into the sunset at Wadi Rum in Jordan and settling into a campfire

Driving into the sunset at Wadi Rum and settling into a campfire


Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Dead Sea

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Dead Sea

Jordan ~ a country with a soul

A group of 6 passionate foodies and media influencers may not be the dream guests for any organizer, specially when every bend on the road throws up a surprising panorama or every morsel that one eats is so fresh and so endearing that it feels like being fed by one’s mother at home. Everything needed to be captured on camera and smartphone and documented diligently for our future write-ups!

Our Jordan experience started with a vibrant sunset as we drove to our first night halt – the ‘rose city of Petra’ and ended with bidding goodbye to another chromatic sunset against the Dead Sea as we left for the Amman airport. In between, we explored Jordan, its culture and cuisine extensively with a visit to the Wadi Rum – also known as the Valley of the Moon; the city of Madaba and the ancient agricultural town of Al-Salt. In Petra, we woke up to the grandeur of pink sand cliffs of the historic site with the Mövenpick Resort Petra being located just opposite its entrance. And in the Dead Sea, we were surrounded by lush green gardens as we checked into rooms with private terraces designed much like cosy mud alcoves. Located in Sweimeh on the shores of the Dead Sea, the serenity of the resort pervaded through a sprawling 100,000 square metres of space! And throughout this journey, whetting our appetites was Chef Jihad Omar and his team’s culinary expertise! Yes… veni, vidi, vici – I came; I saw; I conquered – ‘we’ in this case, and we conquered our fears of travelling the Middle East – as is perceived by many in other parts of the world at this hour!


 

Al Khazneh or the Greek-style facade of the treasury in Petra is still one of the most visited 'heritage' landmarks in the world. There is only one word that describes the feeling of a first timer here - incredible!

Al Khazneh or the Greek-style facade of the treasury in Petra is still one of the most visited ‘heritage’ landmarks in the world. There is only one word that describes the feeling of a first timer here – incredible!

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A traditional lunch at the very popular Haret Jdoudna in Madaba with the entire Mövenpick team. This 20th century house has been converted into a restaurant, coffee shop and a traditional Jordanian Souk and Crafts Market and is considered as a landmark and one of the best restaurants in Jordan.

A traditional lunch at the very popular Haret Jdoudna in Madaba with the entire Mövenpick team. This 20th century house has been converted into a restaurant, coffee shop and a traditional Jordanian Souk and Crafts Market and is considered as a landmark and one of the best restaurants in Jordan.

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[This story has been written exclusively for FoodeMag dxb. Images: Ishita B Saha]


Do try out these Jordanian recipes ~

 

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