Tangerines + Tagines are the first words that come to mind right away when I think of my trip to Morocco. Every morning we drank freshly squeezed juice and stuffed our pockets full of tangerines.
We ate an insane amount of vegetables. Every meal began with a giant variety platter of vegetables. There was fresh baked bread and of course, tagine. Note the preserved lemons on top.
We drank mint tea like it was going out of style. Lots of Mint Tea.
And preserved lemon. I never knew how much I love preserved lemon.
Every restaurant had traditional Moroccan soup called Harira – a vegetable soup with chickpeas. The best Harira I had was at Cafe d’Epices in Marrakech. It came with a sidecar of preserved lemon bits to drop in.
Besides eating many outstanding meals, I also met wonderful shop owners and artisans passionate about preserving their craft – weavers, metal smiths, argan oil, rug and textile coops.
I met a billion street cats that seemed to know they were part of the tourist scene and posed for great pictures.
I saw majestic mountains and miles of agriculture spread over rolling hills to meet those mountains.
Sheep herders and donkeys dragging carts dotted the countryside.
In the souks, I quickly identified the weaknesses in my negotiation skills and learned some new ones. My husband and I thought we should bring our next group of study abroad students to Morocco to study the art of negotiation. It’s the perfect place.
I rode a dromedary – which have only 1 hump (camels have two). Hiked a few trails. Picked up some new skills at a cooking class. And we even zip-lined across some majestic canyons.
You can imagine why it’s going to be so hard to post just a few photos. There are just so many to choose from! I wish I could tell you every small detail I have in my head. I’ve decided to start with this primer and create a few posts with more photos and a few recipes.
Until then, enjoy a few of my Moroccan inspired creations: