Tuesday, July 10, 2007

memories of marrakech

What can I say about Marrakech? A place where all of your senses reel, where the sounds, scents and sights intertwine to deliver an incredible experience that you will never forget. We landed in Marrakech, Morocco late at night and took in the hustle and bustle of the city throughout the adventurous ride to the riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden) we would be staying at for two nights.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with hot mint tea served from a traditional Moroccan teapot and in locally made tea glasses. Coming from someone who doesn't consider himself a tea drinker, I'm hooked on this amazing brew and plan on making tea time a regular event at home.

Throughout our stay, we had the opportunity to sample a variety of tagines, including lamb, chicken and vegetable. All were unique and delicious, full of fresh ingredients and local seasonings.

Morocco is known for the quality of its olives, and there was no shortage of them to dine on or purchase in bulk at the souks (the covered central marketplace with a maze of shops selling everything under the sun). Yum.

Another local delicacy that the Moroccans make so well are grilled meats. Chicken and lamb pieces on skewers, cooked to tender perfection and beautifully seasoned and juicy sausages made with ground lamb.

The food was not the only highlight of our short stay in Marrakech. Bargaining with the shop owners at the souks was truly an adventure and made us feel like we were part of the hustle and bustle that permeates every corner of the city.

Honourable mention goes to the sweet orange juice (it takes only two oranges to fill up a glass!) and the thin crispy crepes that are served at breakfast. The crepes are topped with homemade jams and marmalade.

We will never forget our time spent in Marrakech. The people, the food, the mystery and of course, all of the sights:

6 comments:

Annie Ruok said...

These pix are truly amazing! Professional quality, honestly! I've been drinking Moroccan-style mint tea for years - my Moroccan girlfriend makes it the best tho, probably close to the real thing u had!

deeeeeeena said...

I just wanted to add that all the tagines taste so different from one another. The vegetable tagines contain everything from eggplant to green beans...the chicken tagines had olives and preserved lemons...everything was so unique and good!

erin said...

Wow - everything looks amazing. It looks like out of a movie...

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Kumar said...

The Kingdom of Morocco is a country in northwest Africa. And I love it! I've been living in Marrakech for two months! My uncle has in Marrakech property and I spent there my best summer!
Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. The reason is because of the interaction of Morocco with the outside world for centuries. The cuisine of Morocco is a mix of Arab, Berber, Moorish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat and Tetouan refined Moroccan cuisine over the centuries and created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today
Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprised both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Interesting thing that the city is called "Marrakech" in French, "Marrakesh" in English, and "Marrakesch" in German.
My favorite meals are grilled meats. Chicken and lamb pieces on skewers are great!