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Wondering if any CH devotees have been to Morocco since the last posting back in September. Specifically Marrakech though the itinerary remains unplanned as of yet... Thanks!

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  1. The constant refrain: evening meals in the djemaa el fna.

    And millefeuilles from the famous french cafe just off it...

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    1. re: Cat

      Anything specific in the djemaa el fna? Anyone know the name of the cafe you mention, or will it be obvious?

      1. re: Maya

        In the djemaa el fna, just go for what looks and smells good! Also, look where the moroccans are eating, if you can. Definitely try the harira (the lentily-lamby soup) with dried dates in it. I've eaten everything there (even seafood) and never gotten sick, but maybe I am lucky/have a strong stomach. It is pretty clean and the food is fresh.

        Oh, and they sell roasted sheep heads there, which are totally scary looking.

        Best food in Morocco is in people's houses, so if anyone invites you for a meal, definitely accept and prepare for a 2+ hour experience. It's amazing.
        Have fun!

    2. Another interested hound... we're going to Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira.

      We've booked La Maison Bleu in Fes and Le Tobsil in Marrakech. Any other suggestions (or comments on those)?

      1. Just got back, a few places we hit...

        La Maison Bleue in Fes is excellent if pricey.
        Same for Le Tobsil in Marrakech - both were great meals, in great settings, with nice live musicians and excellent service.

        We went to the hotel restaurant at the Hivernage hotel just outside the medina in Marrakech and had a meal that blew me away (I was expecting standard hotel food) - this is a modern Moroccan hotel, and the food is a mix of Moroccan and French (see a trend here?). The highlight was the Marrakech specialty - beef tangia - cooked in a clay vase for 10 hours and spiced wonderfully.

        A place called Le Patio in Essaouira is fabulous French/Moroccan seafood, and very cool funky Moroccan decor. A little cafe called La Decouverte run by a French couple also offers excellent and inexpensive French/Moroccan (a seafood bstilla there was outstanding). You cant go wrong with the stands by the port selling fresh seafood that you pick and they grill up for you with lime on the side.

        1. Just got back, a few places we hit...

          La Maison Bleue in Fes is excellent if pricey.
          Same for Le Tobsil in Marrakech - both were great meals, in great settings, with nice live musicians and excellent service.

          We went to the hotel restaurant at the Hivernage hotel just outside the medina in Marrakech and had a meal that blew me away (I was expecting standard hotel food) - this is a modern Moroccan hotel, and the food is a mix of Moroccan and French (see a trend here?). The highlight was the Marrakech specialty - beef tangia - cooked in a clay vase for 10 hours and spiced wonderfully.

          A place called Le Patio in Essaouira is fabulous French/Moroccan seafood, and very cool funky Moroccan decor. A little cafe called La Decouverte run by a French couple also offers excellent and inexpensive French/Moroccan (a seafood bstilla there was outstanding). You cant go wrong with the stands by the port selling fresh seafood that you pick and they grill up for you with lime on the side.