Lunch here tends to be the the most hearty meal of the day- it’s when you see people sit down and have fare like meat and bean stew, a potato, carrot and meat tangine, or sandwiches with freshly cooked meat. Not feeling super hungry, but still wanting a bite to eat, we stopped in at a local watering hole where we saw a couple men sitting together taking a break from work and one family.
One orders by talking to the proprietor who was kind enough to show us what was available in each pot, and under each tagine. We chose two different vegetarian stews: one with small brown lentils and one with white beans. The stews were served with fresh pita on the side to use to scoop up the stews, though, as tourists, we were also given spoons.
Lunch set us back all of 25 dh (which is equivalent to about 3 dollars.)
After lunch we strolled and found some delicious sweets at a pastry shop. The sweets were quite intricate and beautifully decorated. We chose 4 different cookies (which were almost all almond- and rosewater-based). Each was decorated in a different style, one even included a sparkly butterfly made out of pastry dough. We also chose one cornmeal scone, which was barely sweet, and almost corn-bread like, a cappuccino-flavored mille feuille that although less beautiful than many of its french compatriots, was certainly as tasty, and a puff pastry apricot jam and peanut bar.
We followed this with a snack, a freshly made lime-ginger juice with extra ginger from a local laiterie. (We can’t help it– we’ve fallen in love.)