Jamaa el Fna is right in the hustle and bustle of the old medina and is surrounded by the infamous souks selling everything from rugs to lamps and all other kinds of one off treasures. Once the sun sets on the square the food markets come out to play and the chefs take to their cooking stations. Prior to taking the dive and eating some local cuisine we tended to have a drink on a rooftop café and watch the square come to life.
My girlfriend stuck to her notorious black coffee habit, whilst I enjoyed my usual holiday choice of drink, Orange Fanta.
We ate from the food markets on a couple of occasions. Our first meal consisted of... Bread & Olives...
Followed by Cous Cous Royale (the daddy of all cous cous dishes with chicken, lamb and spicy sausage)
And eaten alongside a lamb tagine.
Dinner was then finished with a cup of complimentary mint tea.
Princess loved her cup of tea...
And also enjoyed taking photos of me taking photos of our food. #moderncouple
The other time we ventured to eat at the food stalls was a bit more adventurous. We ate an almond tagine at the same stall we had previously eaten at...
But then went next door to a very busy stall.
There were no tourists at this eatery and it was full of locals chomping on some delectable dishes.
As we took a seat these little sleepy sheep kept staring at us. Actually they weren't very sleepy, they were very much deceased and ready to be eaten.
The chef chopped near enough every part of the sheep and made sure nothing went to waste.
In the meantime his very young assistant enjoyed boiling the heads one at a time whilst posing for my camera. A young Arabic Jamie Oliver anyone?
The dishes arrived in front of us pretty quick and fast. First up was sheep brain, stewed neck and cheek.
A plate full of lung, tongue, stomach, breast meat and a bit of penis was then given to us.
Luckily they gave us some side dishes of tomato salsa...
and Spinach & Garlic...
Before our table looked like this little delightful feast.
Not one to be shy with food, brain was first on the agenda.
If asked to describe brain, I would characterise it as smooth and creamy, almost like an overly ripe avocado. The taste wasn't too bad as it was flavoured with some herbs and spices. After a few bites it became quite sickly though as I'm not that big a fan of creaminess.
Then I proceeded to just eat random scraps of body/head parts. Bon appétit!
Needless to say we couldn't eat all the food, but we gave it a good try.
The guys at the stall were happy to use my camera and took this lovely family photo of us next to our new adopted Moroccan mother. This lady was shouting and waving her arms during the whole time we ate and also broke up a fight, right in front of our eyes. Ain't nobody messing with Moroccan Mama!