Morocco is a country of spices, a spice for almost every type of landscape you can imagine- rivers and beaches to the gorgeous green country side to desert, oasis’s and sand dunes. Take a walk through a souq (market) and you’ll encounter spice and herbal shops every 100 steps you may wonder how they profit. The heart and soul of Morocco is about her spices to make all the flavorful concoctions and spices to make delicious essentials to cooking a delicious pastilla or tangine . Yellow curry, red curry, paprika, pepper, sweet pepper, 10 spices, 40 spices, cinnamon, nutmeg overflow in big bins and I wonder why tiny spice bottles back in the USA are expensive when the equivalent of 2 spice bottles costs $1.
One of my favorite things about travel is eating where the locals eat. What is a typical meal? When and where do people eat? Whether I’m visiting a new city for the first time, enjoying the possibilities in California or eating out in Roquetas de mar. Sampling the local fare offers a delightful sensory experience of a culture, of a place and what’s available or important in the region. I always want to know, What do locals eat and where?
Arriving in Morocco, I was excited to find fresh squeezed orange juice all over the plaza and was quick to want to try couscous, deserts and mint tea. I knew there was more to Moroccan food but for whatever reason despite every type of ethnic food available in the SF Bay Area, Moroccan food is one I don’t know well. Moroccan cuisine excites your senses with so many flavors. Tangines, meat and vegetable slowly cooked in a ceramic pot, are everywhere and delicious. I’ll admit always seemed a bit bland, in a land of spices, I was surprised that they don’t add spices to the couscous Occasionally we asked for sauce for the couscous but I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped to be or maybe I just never found the place for couscous.
Our very first meal in the Tangier trains station- Chicken pizza. Pizza seems to be everywhere in the world!
Juan, me, Lisa and Matt- eating our first Tangine. Meat and vegetables slowly cooked in a ceramic pot.
And then a proper lunch:
Chicken tangine (Chicken is hiding under the vegetables)
Tiny little restaurant that had tables outside.
Breakfast. My, how Moroccans love there bread.
One of my favorite places to eat was in the plaza. From 4-11pm at night, a quarter of the plaza became filled with food stalls selling tangines, couscous,meat and vegetable skewers, salads, snails, fish… you name it!
Savvy women running this stall and the men brought out the dishes. Would have loved to know the story.
Eggplant and peppers, beet salad and spinach. Check out the bread!
I ate a snail. I did a little ” I don’t want to eat a snail” dance but a few other tourists convinced me to try one. And I always try (almost) everything once!
“It tastes like a mushroom, it tastes like a portabello mushroom, it taste like a mushroom.” Swallow. Done. Not too flavorful but I’m not a fan of the chewy texture. Surprise surprise. More for everyone to enjoy.
I’ve tried it. A big check of the list.
Lisa and I were happy to find a cutsy tourist spot (well only tourist were there) right next to where we were staying serving good food with Moroccan prices. Nice to eat a salad!
What is your favorite Moroccan food? Or What is your favorite dish/photo?
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