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Wednesday, 4 June 2014 12:00 AM

Holiday Street Food In Morocco - Tasty Bites

A large breakfast in the morning, typically continental style at your accommodation with the addition of Moroccan pancakes, and a full dinner in the evening at a restaurant or your boutique hotel. The thought of lots of extra food during the day may be an extra luxury to be avoided for the sake of your waistline.

In the last article we covered light Moroccan lunches to keep you going during the day and here we cover a couple of extra treats which I have always loved as I strolled a medina or took a train trip. A more complete look at Food on a Morocco Holiday - Moroccan Foods Today is covered in that previous article.

These are tasty and cheap and I encourage you to try them rather than be wary.

Dates and Dried Fruit and Nuts

Every town and city has its photogenic dried food stalls – with pyramid-like heaps of dried fruit and nuts. I love dates – big juicy dates – and an occasional purchase of a couple of dozen to put in my bag for occasional nibbling is my little treat. They are well priced to those you find in the UK, but perhaps not quite as cheap as you think they should be seeing as they are grown in Morocco. I also like to think that they are very healthy and (as my father would put it) keep me regular, but I’ve no idea about that.

You may have a concern about hygiene and its difficult to be definitive about that but this is my common snack, I don’t wash them and I have a typical constitution and I don’t believe that they have ever brought on a stomach bug.

Finally and Most Importantly Macaroons

There are sweet pastry shops in the cities and many of the larger towns that offer a range of delicious sweet pastry deserts, often thick with honey and toasted nuts – you’ll need a wash afterwards – but what I am talking about here are the macaroon selliers.

Most commonly seen in Marrakech in the medina are Moroccan ladies, one of the few items that you see the women selling, with large trays (variously held on their head or at waist height) with just macaroons piled on and covered in a transparent plastic sheet for protection.

If you like macaroons, these are to be tasted to be believed. I am not the most cultured foodie, nor have I the most refined palate, but these crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside biscuit like treats are wonderful.

Although they are less than a dirham each (I limit myself to a couple at a time), I tend to be a little generous and ignore my other advice on haggling to avoid price inflation due to tourism.