Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech

by brian on February 16, 2009

Ayana was doing a bang up job with the blog. But all the walking, flying and caleche riding caught up with her and now I’m back.
Since we both like to eat, we started with a light appetizer in the Djemaa El-Fna: snails or escargot if you want to be fancy. 5 dirham or 58 cents US got you about 15 snails in a spicy broth. You use toothpicks to pull out the snail and pop it in your mouth.

 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech
Next up on our culinary tour was pigeon pie, which is called pastilla. Yes, it is what you think. Pigeons aka the flying rat in a pastry with sugar and or honey, spices and eggs. But it wasn’t great. We did it so you don’t have to.

Sure does look nice before you start eating…
 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech
But once you cut into it, it nosedives like a bird shot out of the air.

 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech
Yes, that is what you think it is on the side of the plate.
Eating so many different foods at different stalls has made us friends with some of the workers.
Ayana and a new admirer. This spry fellow jumped over a plate of fish to get a pic with her.

 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech

Brian and Mohammed
 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech
Mint tea is known as Moroccan whiskey – the drink that goes with everything. The tea is made from dry mint, which is then poured over fresh mint leaves. Moroccans prefer it with a large soap bar size cube of sugar.

 Filling Our Stomachs in Marrakech

But we are not done with Marrakech yet. More next post!

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dicampbell February 16, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Hey guys!

I’m part of the Black Travels group over on Yahoo! and just discovered your blog – It’s absolutely fantastic!

You also have the best timing, as I’m taking a trip to Morocco one month from now. Can’t wait to read more of your adventures :) !

Safe travels,


brian February 20, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Thanks for the compliment. It’s been a great adventure so far and I’m still on the move.


Kris Koeller June 21, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Great post. I loved Marrakech and the food there, but I wasn’t nearly as adventurous as you…


brian June 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Honestly it wasn’t that adventurous. The food was fantastic. I figure if thousands of people have passed through here to eat without a problem, I shouldn’t have a problem either. And I didn’t.


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