Tajine is the name of the triangular pot used to cook the dish of the same name. Veggies, meat and spices are slow-cooked in the pot together, to form a stew. Sometimes a sweeter topping is also used such as dates, as pictured here.
The tiny grains of cous cous can be completely flavorless without the right spices, but when seasoned well, it can be a delicious dish. Usually the plate comes with the cous cous on the bottom, covered with a layer of cooked, mushy veggies like carrot, potato and zucchini. A meat of choice can be included as well.
Pretty straight forward, the most common kabobs are chicken and kefta (ground meat, usually beef or lamb, with spices - sometimes in meatball form as well). The kabobs generally come with veggies and French fries or rice. And yes, the same veggies as those that come with the tajine or cous cous.
A cold appetizer of cooked eggplant and tomato. I only saw this on one menu and it was very good, so if you see it, order it while you can!
It's certainly not the tastiest bread you will ever have, but it isn't bad, especially when you get your hands on it when it just comes out of the oven and is still warm. But there seems to be one type of bread in Morocco: picture a pita bread that has bread inside, not just a pocket. Now, get used to it, as this will be part of your breakfast, lunch and dinner at any restaurant or hotel you visit. (Trust me, as a carb-a-holic, even I got sick of this bread after a while and looked forward to grocery store visits where I could pick up fresh fruit or yogurt!)
I was expecting pizza... or at least tomato and cheese. Instead, bread stuffed with seasoned meat or vegetables was cut into triangles to appear to be pizza. While the taste was no where close to my local Bravo pizza, this was actually one of my favorite meals. Maybe because it was a change from the cous cous and tagine, but also because it seemed to have more flavor than other dishes I had. We enjoyed this meal in Fes, but I didn't see it on menus anywhere else.
This is the classic drink you will have everywhere you go - whether arriving in a hotel, visiting a shop or having a meal. Simple and satisfying: green tea with fresh mint leaves and sugar (although half my tour opted for the tea without mounds of sugar). It reminded me of mate in Argentina - the local tea that is not only for drinking but for socializing with.
The most popular local beer, Special Flag, is a smooth, light lager that I enjoyed during my trip (except the bottle is too small!). Interestingly, the best selling beer in Morocco is Heineken.
During my time in Morocco, I heard about this mysterious and potent spirit made of figs that can knock you out just one drink. I couldn't get the story straight, but it sounded like the drink is either illegal or requires a special license in order to be served. Ultimately, I didn't have a chance to try it, but if anyone does I want a full report!