So, as we’ve been traveling around Morocco, we’ve decided that there are a few myths (and a few true facts) about Morocco that we’d like to disprove and validate. So, see if you can tell fact from fiction.
1. Couscous comes with everything
Answer: Fiction. Couscous does not in fact, come under everything, let alone every tagine. In fact, up until this evening, the Baker had not had the opportunity to try Moroccan couscous. I’d be happy to blame this on her, except that she kept suggesting fantastic local watering holes at which we’ve been eating incredibly well. We can’t speak at all to what Moroccans eat at home, but, at local restaurants, expect a local variant of pita as your grain.
2. There are two types of dates: big and small
Answer: Fiction. If you’ve been reading our entries on Morocco you know the answer to this one. We’ve tried over 8 or 10 types of dates in our few days alone, the majority of which are grown in Morocco, (i.e. this does not include those varieties grown in Egypt or Tunisia which are prevalent as well.)
3. There is no alcohol drunk in public by locals in Morocco.
Answer: Fact. We’ve seen no locals drinking alcohol. So much so that when one man at a shop heard us speaking french, he asked us whether he could buy some wine from us.
4. Moroccans drink coffee and tea interchangeably
Answer: Fiction. So far, we’ve observed far more tea than coffee drinkers, and mostly that fun mint tea served in clear glasses.
5. Moroccan mint tea tends to be incredibly sweet
Answer: Fact. Unless we’ve asked for it to be served without sugar, Moroccan mint tea tends to be served incredibly sweetly. And, when we’ve asked for it to be served without sugar, the person we’ve ordered from tends to feel like they should wrap up 3 or four sugar chunks (think piece of sugar the size of 4-6 cubes) up in paper for us.
6. Food in Morocco is fresh.
Answer: Fact. Food in Morocco is generally cooked to order and, as a result, tends to be pretty well made.
7. It is easy to get food from a restaurant to take with you on a journey (a.k.a. what’s known in the U.S. as ‘takeout’.)
Answer: Fiction. Most of the food in Morocco, since it’s cooked to order, is made to be eaten on the plates available, and none of the local watering holes we’ve eaten at has had any kind of takeout containers. Just today we ended up buying a pottery tagine so that we could get ‘takeout’ to eat on the road.