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Things to Eat and Drink in Morocco that Taste Good

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I will no longer buy Near East cous cous and their treacherous spice packs. Tropicana orange juice should be illegal. Almonds should be cheap. Morocco, you have spoiled me.

Think of something that grows in the ground, and you can probably find it here. There are also things you can’t think of, like argan, which produces a nutty oil that is as good for eating as it is for massage. In addition to the bounty of fruits and vegetables, there is also every spice imaginable, and recipes that have been around forever. All of this is to say that I’ve been eating like a king in Morocco.

Tajine

Tajine is a dish named after the pot it’s cooked in. Meat or fish is paired with different combinations of vegetables, fruits, and spices, and then slow-cooked to the point that you don’t need a knife to cut it. Typical combinations include chicken with olives and lemon, and lamb with raisins and almonds. This is Moroccan comfort food and it is absolutely delicious.

eating tajine in morocco

eating tajine in morocco

Cous Cous

Cous cous in Morocco is flavored with a broth-like sauce and piled high with vegetables.

eating cous cous in morocco

Spices

Cinnamon, saffron, ginger, turmeric, cumin, paprika, pepper, cardamom, coriander, and turbo viagra. Just to name a few.

spices in morocco

Fresh Squeezed Citrus

Roadside juice vendors charge anywhere from sixty cents to a dollar (in touristy areas) for a glass. Orange, lemon, or grapefruit, or any combination of the three. My favorite at the moment is orange and grapefruit and I don’t see myself getting sick of it any time soon.

fresh orange juice in morocco

Mint Tea

A sprig of fresh mint and half a pound of sugar. The reason why I am becoming diabetic.

drinking mint tea in morocco

A Typical Meal

A couple of tajines, a Moroccan salad of peppers and tomatoes, bread made from barley, and some fresh squeezed oj.

moroccan food

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  • Ayngelina December 13, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Good lord Phil I need that tagine NOW!

    • phil December 13, 2010, 7:50 pm

      Haha, come to morocco. It is waiting for you.

  • Jessica the hedgehog December 13, 2010, 6:53 pm

    All the food looks mouthwatering, but the last photo in particular almost has me booking a plane ticket to Morocco for tomorrow. Nom nom nom! :)

  • phil December 13, 2010, 7:53 pm

    I don’t blame you Jessica the hedgehog. If you need to be sold further, that lunch cost about 12 dollars for everything.

  • David December 13, 2010, 10:01 pm

    No more spice sacks?? That’s disappointing.

    • phil December 14, 2010, 11:16 am

      Those things are awful.

  • Kerry Gubits December 14, 2010, 4:24 am

    Really nice food photography, dude. Ya know….the more I think about your experiences the more I am convinced that your return to Amerika must be accompanied by at least a 3-month supply of benzodiazepines to ease the culture shock.

    • phil December 14, 2010, 11:19 am

      Thanks Kerry. Hahaha, I might agree with you on that one..

  • Andi December 14, 2010, 3:59 pm

    There is NOTHING better than Moroccan mint tea, there just isn’t.

    • phil December 14, 2010, 10:00 pm

      word. I’m totally with ya

  • Jodi December 15, 2010, 2:47 am

    I first learned how to cook by trading a spice merchant English lessons at a market in France, and the first thing he taught me was how to make tagine. I lugged home one of those ceramic tents to cook it in and my life’s never been the same since. Great to see the pictures and read about what you’ve tasted! Your taste buds are going to hate you when you get home, though….

    • phil December 15, 2010, 1:32 pm

      What a great way to learn to cook! NYC will provide me with enough options for the time being, but it will be difficult to find tajine like this!

  • Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 5, 2011, 5:02 pm

    One of our friends grew up in Morocco and he makes one mean couscous dish. Gotta ask him to make us tajine sometime. We’re going to visit Moroccon during our upcoming RTW trip and can’t wait to gorge ourselves silly. Love the food!

    • phil January 6, 2011, 1:13 am

      Jill,
      I am very jealous!!! I could eat tajine all day and it’s dirt cheap!!! Can’t wait to read about your trip!! B well, Phil

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