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    Going to Morocco (again)

    After a couple of years full of stress, moving, and taking care of the kids, I am finally catching my breath. So I am taking some down time and traveling to Morocco by myself -- just myself. It is going to be awesome. I went there about a year and a half ago with the family, so it isn't completely new, but I've wanted to go back. I think I am going to take some cooking classes in Fez. They have a couscous rolling class and some other cooking programs.

    Anybody have some Moroccan inspiration? I leave in two weeks.

    Here was my last thread.

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    Nice. As being of middle eastern decent myself. Morocco is one of the places I would like to visit some day. Would be interested in your experiences.

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    such a bastard! Why can't you take me too. I'll stay out of the way, you can sneak me in a suitcase or something. Just drop me off, cause this life I got ain't workin.lol
    I haven't lived the life I wanted, just the lives I needed too at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rami_m View Post
    Nice. As being of middle eastern decent myself. Morocco is one of the places I would like to visit some day. Would be interested in your experiences.
    I've been to quite a bit of the Middle East and have lived/worked/studied in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. It breaks my heart with what is happening in Syria. Without thinking for a second, I always say that Syria was one of my favorite places in the world. You don't hear that very often -- especially now.

    Yemen was amazing too. I lived in a 500-year-old tower house in Old Sana'a. Chewing qat, beautiful weather, and some of the most astounding landscape in the world. I should scan some photos of my old place. Beit al-Shawkani near the gold souk. I'll never forget it.

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    Very cool memories and experiences, K. I was in Morocco twice as a teenager with a Eurail Pass, always wanted to go back as an adult with a better appreciation of the culture & cuisine but never made it. Definitely a beautiful destination. I loved Marrakech (not sure how to spell in English), getting lost and drifting around in the Medinas of Marrakech and Fez. So colorful. I hope there is still a lot of that athmosphere left these days. Friendly people, too. While traveling, we got invited by a family and spent a few days with them in Casablanca. Great experience. So, go take some pics and have a mint tea on us

    As for the other places, I feel such a loss for not having been there before everything got destroyed and, of course, it's a shame so many people lost their lives and livelihoods. Just thinking about the history and art of some of the places in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq can make you filled with awe.

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    I would love to go to the Middle East. Tried learning Arabic for a bit.

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    Now I am trying to determine which (if any) knives I should bring. I am also considering taking a cous cous making course and bringing back a couscousier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    ... I am also considering taking a cous cous making course and bringing back a couscousier.

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    Some food items are worth making from scratch. There are two that I can thing of right off the top of my head that aren't, gnocchi and couscous. But hey, if someone wants to invite me over to eat homemade gnocchi or couscous, I'm not going to say "No thank you". I have to say, I'm slightly envious of you going to Morocco.

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    Just a short video of a sharpening shop in Fes, Morocco. The guy on the right was working on a chisel. The guy on the left a pair of scissors, and the two guys in back were banging on knives.



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    Found this fruit that I have never seen before. They call it Strawberry Tree Fruit in English. There is even a honey that is sourced from bees exclusively pollinating the strawberry trees, which was extremely dark in color.

    I also found the sharpening souk where there were around 8-10 smiths fabricating knives in tiny blackened stalls all with leg-powered sharpening wheels. I so wanted to find one that made even a moderately high quality knife and looked for about 30 minutes, but the craftsmanship was just too poor. With that said, they were grinding down ram horns to make handles which was kind of interesting, but even these were of an absurdly low quality. Essentially, they took crap steel from flimsy chinese knives and added a weird horn handle.

    I also hired someone to take me around and give me the low down on Fez food. There were a number of items that were intriguing. Camel spleen sausage (which is as big as it sounds), stuffed with spiced lamb. They cut it into large rounds and sauté it. Camel milk was amazing. The sheep head sandwich was also quite nice. I also really enjoyed the tea made from Artemisia absinthium. Rosemary honey was also a nice find.

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