Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Charm of Morrocan Cuisine

Tagine served next to a mountain river near Marrakech. (photo by Equalizer)

Well its been several months since my last trip to Morroco. Everything appeals to the senses. The aroma of the food coming from the endless stalls and restaurants dotting every street and public square to historic mud walls and buildings to the exotic antique shopping. Let alone the amazing range of glamourous boutique hotels or riads as they call them. I would love to write a travelogue, but then we are here to talk about food and restaurants. I will however write about the place of the cuisine every now and then. I have always been wondering, why is north African cuisine not widely accepted in Kuwait and the Gulf? I never got to a concrete answer except that its because we dont have a big population of north Africans in the Gulf.


Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Maybe you should open up a "north African" resturant in Kuwait. I'm interested! :D

The pic looks so yummy. I've never been to Morocco.

8/14/2005 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Well I was thinking about that!, maybe in the lines of Momo of London. Been there? Anyways, restaurants is my business and I would love to do it, problem is we have a primitive society with primitive taste buds. :p

8/14/2005 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

i agree with salted-c..maybe its about time someone did open a moroccan restaurant here... momo's got a nice atmosphere...the music and crowd are great......but...the food is mediocre though...i like the club downstairs though..tagine and couscous...are the tea...really equalizer, go for it...i'll be a regular customer..

8/15/2005 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I'd be a regular customer too. So there! You have to customers already, ba3ad ishtabi? :P

8/15/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Yeah I totally agree Momo's food is mediocre. Actually the best Morrocan food that I had was not in Morroco, but in a small restaurant tucked away in a quite neighborhood in Spain ;p Nothing better than a prune tagine, along with couscous royal, pigeon pastilla and mint tea. Well my dear customers, I suggest we try it out first and see what people think before I can venture into this :p Anyone know where I can find Harrisa (north african chili paste) or Ras El Hanout (morrocan spice mix) oh and clay earthenware.

8/15/2005 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Try North Africa and Morocco.


8/16/2005 03:42:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Salty nice tip. So how do I get there? Fahaheel expressway? Like the second exit after Mishref? :p

8/16/2005 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

No, I'd take the first exit. It's a short-cut, shh! ;)

8/16/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger kuwaitigirl said...

i know there are a few nice moroccan eateries in paris...we can do that after our breakfast at cafe flore;P

8/16/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mmmm thats seems to be a sweet deal! Im always up for such thing ;)

8/16/2005 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

So what's for dinner?

8/16/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Well, my dinner is always mood based ;p but i think im into pasta mood. But since we are in the morrocan post I think I might do a pasta with a morrocan theme. Mmmmm what can i do? I think i can do something with the pastilla theme....maybe fetuccini with shredded chicken, roasted pine nuts, cinnamon powder, icing sugar, black pepper and salt. That is to be made wet by having a sauce on the side. I'm thinking a spicy harrissa broth with caramelized onions, raisins and toasted cumin, and saffron. I would add a bit of dry rose petals ;p

8/16/2005 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Sh-hal 3athaab! Shway shway 3alay, my mouth is watering!

You know what? Since you're SO GOOD at cooking and making me hungry, I say we ditch breakfast at cafe flore as well as the moroccan lunch and YOU can cook for us! :D So this is what you gotta do for us: I want you to come up with a menu of everything you can cook (breakfast/lunch/dinner/and in-betweenz) and we'll choose. Oo law sama7t, meals must include appetizer, main course, desert, and all. Yes, even breakfast.

Don't worry! You have till October! :*

8/16/2005 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

LOL well ok no problem, but there is a catch :p You gotta help me write a recipe book :p Then you will get to taste everything I know and new stuff! Deal?

8/16/2005 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

Deal! :) But will you let me cook with you? Like can I stir and mix? I like stiring and mixing.

8/16/2005 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Sure you can stir and mix, and chop and clean up and serve. NO PROBLEM ;p

8/16/2005 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

I stir, mix, and serve. I'll leave the chopping and cleaning-up to you. I wouldn't want you to miss out on the FUN. ;) See how much I care about you? You need to appreciate.

8/16/2005 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mmmmmm OK but just this time and just for you! Make sure you dont tell anyone about it :p

8/17/2005 12:08:00 AM  
Blogger Salted-Caramel said...

*whispers* It's our little secret ;)

8/17/2005 02:10:00 AM  
Blogger Sheba said...

Shewadeek Morroco!?

8/25/2005 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Sheba said...

Oh Marrakech, thats okay then. (just read post :p)

Oh i was talking to an ex-owner of a Morrocan rest & i asked him why he closed his rest cuz it was YUMMIE, he said it was difficult to manage the Morrocan staff, and according to him many people who tried failed to continue with their Morrcocan rest business because of the same reason.

8/25/2005 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Sheba well I never heard of such problems with Morrocan restaurants, but I realy like the family run restaurants. The best Morrocan in my opinion was in a quiet street in Fuengirola, Spain. I never had such good food in Marrakech :)

8/27/2005 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A morrocan restaurant would for sure work in Kuwait since it is closer to Kuwaiti cuisine than any of the other non-arab cuisines present in Kuwait.

Yeah and the best places were I had morrocan food was in Spain and Ireland as well :)

1/09/2007 03:58:00 AM  

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