Yum! Yum! – Food In Morocco

Tagine in Morocco

Tagine in Morocco

I think that the food is really different in Morocco than in Canada. On almost every menu there are tagines. Tagines are meat with vegetables and sauce boiled in a clay pot. In Chefchaouen, we found a really really good restaurant called Bab Ssour. The kebab in sauce, the tagines, and the couscous with chicken were excellent. We ate there every day when we were in Chefchaouen. In Fes at Café Clock, I ate my first camel burger and it was delicious. During our overland trip, I also tried a kefta which is ground beef shaped like mini burgers cooked on an open grill. The keftas were also very good.  

Although we didn’t try the following foods, the markets of Fes and Marrakesh had the following foods on display:

  • camel, cow and sheep heads (some with their tongues hanging out)
  • live chickens and turkeys
  • livers, kidneys, bull testicles, and other organs
  • shark heads with grapefruit in their mouth
  • lots of flies on the fruit

Overall, the foods that I tried were very good and I enjoyed them.  I didn’t want to try the ones that sound disgusting. :)

Delicious Coucous

Delicious Coucous

Bab Ssour - Great Restaurant!

Bab Ssour – Great Restaurant!

Camel Head in Fes Medina - Check out its tongue!

Camel Head in Fes Medina – Check out its tongue!

Camel Burger!

Camel Burger!

Arrival in Morocco

Grande Taxi Ride from Tangier to Chefchaouen

When we arrived at the port of Tangier, lots of taxi drivers aggressively asked us to take their taxi.  My dad said no to almost all of these people.  One taxi driver named Eunice kept following us and then finally got us to take his taxi to Chefchaouen that is about 130 kilometers from Tangier through hills and mountains, along bumpy roads.  Although the taxi was a Mercedes, the car was falling apart.  At the beginning of the ride, my mom thought she was going to fly out the door because the back right seat door did not seem to close very well.  My mom also thought that she might fall into the trunk because her seat was broken. On the sharp turns, we all felt that we might all fall out because there weren’t any seatbelts.  My dad thought that he might fall out of the bottom of the car when we hit big bumps in the road.  My dad also thought that the driver might fall asleep because he looked tired and kept closing his eyes.  Although this was a crazy experience, we all arrived in one piece.

Grande Taxi

Grande Taxi – Can Take Up to 6 Passengers & Driver (would not be allowed in Canada!)

 

Arrival in Chefchaouen

When we arrived in Chefchaouen, all these young men were standing around our taxi staring at us.  It was a little creepy because Eunice told us not to trust these guys.  When we got out of the taxi lots of them asked us if they could help us find our hotel if we paid them.  We tried to follow our driver’s instructions about how to find our hotel, but quickly found that the medina was too confusing.  There were hundreds of streets but no signs.  When we were lost in the medina, we finally paid a guy to take us to our hotel.  We were concerned that this guy might lead us to the wrong spot where we might be ambushed.  Fortunately, he was a good man and he brought us to our hotel.  We paid him 10 dirhams for helping us.   

Matt in Chefchaouen

Matt in Chefchaouen

Street in Chefchaouen

Street in Chefchaouen

Street in Chefchaouen

Street in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen from a Distance

Chefchaouen from a Distance