Missing Morocco – My Favourite Dining Experiences

Recently, I’ve (finally) been putting together a photo album from my trip to Morocco last year. Digital photography is great, but no one seems to remember to print any more, which I think is DSCN2607_1really important. I love the permanency of printed photos bound forever into a lovely book.

Anyway, looking through all my photos again has made me nostalgic for what was a really fantastic adventure. So I’ve spent most of my day at work daydreaming about the things I miss most from my Morocco trip, and since my stomach has been rumbling all afternoon, that has mainly gravitated towards my favourite dining experiences. Follow the links for more pics and stories…

Breakfast

Breakfast in Morocco consists of fresh baked bead, honey, spongey pancakes, olives, and deliciously tangy fresh squeezed orange juice. I really miss sitting on the terraces of our various hotels around Morocco, lazily enjoying a huge spread of food in the gorgeous sunshine and fuelling up for a a day of exploring.

Lunch Overlooking the Ouzoud Falls

The best ever lunchtime view!

The best ever lunchtime view!

A delicious lamb tagine cooked by the side of the road, eaten outdoors on the edge of a small cliff, facing the stunning, rainbow-strewn Ouzoud waterfalls. Basically, I have no words to describe how incredible this experience was!

Mint Tea

I didn’t expect to love mint tea, but served up with sugar this ancient berber custom is super sweet and absolutely delicious. The best part is watching the waiter pour it out from as high as possible into tiny glasses: the traditional method of serving mint tea. Show even the tiniest bit of interest in any stall in the maze-like souqs, and your sure to be offered a cup of this refreshing drink ‘on the house’, although you may walk away with a carpet afterwards…

Djemma el Fna

The central square in Marrakech, the Djemma el Fna, is probably the city’s most popular tourist attraction. Traditionally, this UNESCO World Heritage site has always been a hub for DSCN2623_1entertainment and outdoor dining, with street performers, storytellers, snake charmers, and food vendors descending on the square as the sun sets.  I had a fantastic time wandering through the stalls, sampling various Moroccan delicacies all cooked outdoors on barbecues, gas-stoves and open fires.  A huge meal of bread with olives and tomato and chilli sauces, Moroccan salad, calamari, and brochettes (mixed barbecued skewers with pepper and onion, beef, lamb and chicken), only cost me about Dh100 (about £7) with drinks.

Tagine in the Desert

Camping in the Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara was one of the highlights of my trip – scrap that – of my life so far! After a strenuous camel ride across the dunes, in high winds which whipped up Erg Chebbiflurries of sand, I was feeling pretty ravenous when I sat down in the warmth of the tent to a dinner of that Moroccan staple, tagine. Basically, this is a stew made with a variety of meats and vegetables – depending on the season – in this case chicken with potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and courgettes. The food was delicious, the company hilarious, and the experience – incredible.

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10 responses to “Missing Morocco – My Favourite Dining Experiences

    • Tagine is amazing, I wish I could have some tonight for dinner! But I don’t want to make it!

      I’ve had mint tea here in the uk and its just not as nice – I guess you need real mint leaves like they use in morocco :)

  1. Emily – loved your description of the hammam experience! I want to try the local/traditional one when I’m there next month too, and this gives me a great idea of what to expect. Question – in the room where you disrobe, are your things locked up? I’m wondering what I can bring with me, since I’ll have to leave it unattended… meaning my purse/wallet/money/passport… etc. And I never don’t have my camera with me so I’m nervous about leaving that too:-). Any comments would be a great help! I can’t wait for my trip:-)

    • In the one I went to there were lockers but I think they had no padlocks – it was a bring your own job! But I would recommend taking as few valuables as possible as from what I can gather lockers are quite rare! It’s probably fine but always best to be on the safe side!

      If you need any more tips feel free to ask! And have a great trip – Morocco is incredible :)

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