More than a mouthful in Morocco


On Dyan McKie’s trip to Morocco she couldn’t wait to get her teeth into all the sensational dishes. Learning the art of couscous, finding the perfect tajine recipe and tasting local specialities were high on her wish list, but what about eating McDonald’s, Moroccan-style?…

“I’m such a fan of Moroccan cuisine, but trying the real thing was even more delicious than I expected. From the big and fascinating cities where foodie choices are endless, to the small towns where you have time to linger and appreciate the local flavours, it’s a wonderful assault on the senses.

One of my favourite meal memories was in Meknes, quite possibly because the whole experience was such a pleasant surprise. Our local Intrepid Leader, Seb, convinced our group that a trip to the markets wasn’t complete without a camel burger – but not your regular McDonald’s type, where you point to the menu and order the super size with fries – oh no!

Firstly you head to the camel butcher and tell him how many burgers you want. He then cuts away the meat, adds some spices, puts it through the grinder and bags it up for you to take to the BBQ man around the corner. The BBQ guy emerges from his hole-in-the-wall set up, takes your patties and fires up the BBQ in his small, hot and smoky room. Whilst our burgers were on the grill the baker delivered fresh bread for our buns and the sizzling aromas had us all salivating with anticipation.

After half an hour of enjoying a break from the markets and sipping mint tea around the small table of the lovely man’s shop, it was time to try the burgers. Shaped round like meatballs, they were very spicy and really quite tasty. Will we see ‘Berber Burger’ snack bars taking off around the world? I doubt it. But Seb was right, when in Meknes you definitely should give this local fast food a try!”

Love to try a camel burger or other tasty local treats? Check out Intrepid’s exciting new Real Food Adventure Morocco for an 11-day culinary combination of street food and fine dining!

* photo by Elizabeth English – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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