RTW Trip Marrakech, Morocco Day 41: Eating through Marrakech’s Circus
Florence made us an excellent breakfast of Moroccan breads, dates, and tea on our roof.
I absolutely love Moroccan home decor, and after finding out silver poufs could be purchased in the market, I had to get one. The starting price I received was 800, and I got my leather pouf down to 250 dirham. I am sure I got a good deal, because my vendor seemed really annoyed with me after the purchase. When I looked online, it looked like other had purchased theirs between 200-350 dirham. I did well.
If you need to see another gorgeous palace, head to Bahia Palace. Gorgeous tiling and some time in the shade for a little over a dollar.
There is only one vendor in the square that sells individual teeth and dentures. He is willing to pull rotten teeth out for you, too. We of course did not see one person do this, but he was definitely making a killing off of tourists photos. It was worth it though, as he really invested himself in each snapshot!
We also ventured into an area where you could buy livestock, such as chickens and rabbits. I saw a butcher sacrifice about 5 rabbits within 15 seconds!
Lunch consisted of super cheap and tasty chicken shwarma sets. Popular with both the tourists and locals.
Like other bloggers have mentioned, if you want to drink the most amazing freshly squeezed juice you have ever tried, get them here. There are several stalls devoted to orange juice, but they are all delicious and taste the same.
For dinner, we started off with the same harira soup we had yesterday, at booth 75. I could easily have 3 of these heaping bowls, they are so delicious!
Greg and I had split decisions about what to eat. Greg wanted to eat beef brochette again, and I wanted to eat at the male dominated restaurant that had the egg and potato sandwich, located at booth 66. His dinner was definitely not as good as the previous night’s, which was surprising since we went to booth 1, the booth people were absolutely raving about on Trip Advisor!
I took a seat between some local men, and looked at the Arabic-only menu. I decided to just point to the sandwich to put in my order. There were 3 or 4 guys working the booth, rapidly deshelling eggs, spreading Laughing Cow on the bread, and dousing baked potatoes in butter. The sandwich was filling, savory, and a carb lover’s dream. I got some stares and smiles, which made me believe all potato lovers welcome each other. I would eventually be back for more.
Greg has a sensitive stomach, and generally has to stay away from eggs. He also gets nervous about street food, knowing his stomach isn’t quite as strong as mine. For some reason, he wanted to try some strongly spiced tea (that was supposedly good for virility), and some desert that looked like poo. He literally didn’t know what he was ordering, but locals seemed to be enjoying it. We realized that the turd like ball was made out of a strongly spiced sweet bean, similar to the Japanese adzuki bean. Not bad, but to me, not good either. Greg licked it clean.
Before venturing back to our riad, we stopped by one of the music troups consisting of a screeching woman and a man playing a banjo-like instrument with a chicken on his head. We didn’t understand anything they were saying, but their actions were enough to keep us there. Since we were the only tourists that had joined the circle, they really tried pulling us into the middle of the circle. It was hard to resist them!
Hotel Riad Al Jawhara $43
Silver pouf 250 dirham
Bahia Palace 20 dirham
Dentist photo 10 dirham
2 Orange juice 10 dirham
Lune D’Or Restaurant chicken shawarma, coke and water 57 dirham
Orange juice 5 dirham
2 Harira soup 6 dirham
Booth 66 Egg sandwich 8 dirham
Booth 1 brochette, fries, eggplant coke, water 70 dirham
Tea and dark brown bean dessert 10 dirham
Musicians 8 dirham
Total cost: $43 + 454 dirham = $46.68 per person
What I learned: If you are buying something that can be found at a number of shops, head to the back streets. They get less customers and are probably more willing to drop the price (I should have done that!)
If you are purchasing a freshly squeezed orange juice, pay 1d more for a disposable cup, or reuse an old water bottle. Their glasses (and cutlery) are only quickly rinsed with tap water, so when you take a sip of juice out of the glasses, imagine thousands of mouths on the same cup before you.
Actual date of travel: Oct. 14, 2014