Shopping at the Souq

As part of the cultural experience, I spend time walking around the souq [outdoor market] and swirka [little souq] as much as I can. Aside from the opportunity to take some fun pictures, I can find practically everything I need at these places .. except peanut butter and brown sugar; for these, I must go to the supermarche [supermarket] .. the closest supermarche to Azrou is about 1 1/2 hr away just outside of Meknes .. well, you know what's on my wish list now!



We're all pretty excited just hang out with our host, BP*. Picture courtesy of KM.


Really enjoyed the field trip, and BP* was an awesome host. CK* made soup one night, while KM*, SF* and I helped around the kitchen as much as possible. Not in my wildest fantasy have I dreamt of having a candle-light dinner (with chopsticks!) in Morocco. Life is full of surprises that way. Click here for an alternative picture.


A few weeks ago, I went to the souq [market] with LK* on one of our self-directed learning days. LS ended up buying a different jllaba [traditional hooded coat], but doesn't she look great in this? Though she didn't option to get a tailored jllaba, the one she got is more than enough for her 38-inch inseam! My homestay family is having a jllaba tailored for me.


Shopping for the kitchen can be a treat for the eyes and nose .. here, BP*, our fieldtrip host is pointing out what spices have been successful for him in the kitchen. Pictures from the fieldtrip here.


Really enjoyed the fieldtrip, and BP* was an awesome host. CK* made soup one night, while KM*, SF* and I helped around the kitchen as much as possible. Not in my wildest fantasy have I dreamt of having a candle-light dinner (with chopsticks!) in Morocco. Life is full of surprises that way. Click here for an alternative picture.


A bit too organic for me at times, the vegetable and fruit stalls are a feast for the eyes. I just got to remember not to eat in public during Ramadan.





Fresh tmir [dates] are delicious .. they drip from the date bunch like honey .. I'm not sure what a bunch of dates is called, bunch? cluster?

* actual names withheld for obvious reasons.
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Blogger strident


Hey nam, boy what i wouldn't give for a whole day browsing in markets.. Here in Malaysia the night markets or pasar malam in Malay, are full to the brim with sights and sounds.. One day i must post photos for you, the travel junkie ;) Or have you been here before?
 

Blogger Nam LaMore


STRIDENT: hey there! i actually have been to KL, and absolutely had a terrific time .. even if i got caught in a downpour one night while walking around the night market.

do post some pictures of the night market .. i visit your site often enough to want more!
 

Blogger mquest


The fruit stalls look nice. I think I will go eat some fruit.
 

Blogger Nam LaMore


MQUEST: indeed, do have some fresh fruits .. alwas so good any time of the year .. fresh, organic (too orgainc at times for me) fruits and vegetables are available year-round. it's gonna be fun for for my stomach and taste buds :-)

send me some recipes .. i'm not gonna have access to bacon-/pork-products, so don't even think of pork-chops!
 

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