Thanks Mary. I was searching out a
bouillabaiserie recommended by a 93 year old
native (widow of great violinist Francescatti)
when I stumbled upon the narrow streets of arab
spice shops and couscous parlors. On the avenue
which leads to the old port was a fine Algerian
grill with authentic (but not awesome) couscous.
I had to go in and eat, not unlike a devout
believer obeying the hazan of the meuzzin. Lots
of street waifs wandered in to annoy the
proprieter and cadge bits of grilled meats. There
was a highly recommended place from Oran, the
Reine, by the Cathedral, which was closed: the
owner of a superb spice shop recommended it.
Perhaps a return trip will allow more