water al ma
juice asir
coffee kahwa
coffee with milk kahwa ablahlib
milk lahlib
mint tea atay banaanaà
glass kass
spoon maàalka
sugar sukr
bill please ach hall aà ndi, shukran

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is in Casablanca? It is 210 meters tall and belongs to Hassan II mosque. The mosque is the largest in Morocco and one of the largest in the world. It has a spectacular location – part of it lies above the Atlantic ocean, because a verse in the Quran says that the throne of Allah was built on water.

Most of the year, Imilchil is a small, sleepy village. But every September, an event takes place that draws crowds to this remote area in the Middle Atlas mountains, inhabited by Berbers. It’s the time of the famous wedding festival.

No-one knows exactly when it all began. The origins of the festival are shrouded in legend, which tells us of a young couple in love, but unable to marry because of the bad blood between their tribes. Sad to be parted, the Berber “Romeo and Juliet” started crying, until their tears formed two lakes – Isli and Tislit, named after them. When they finally ran out of tears, they perished of sadness, drowning in those very lakes.

To honour their deaths and make sure that such tragedy would never happen again, the locals decided to hold an annual wedding festival, in which the young are allowed to choose their partners freely.

Join us on a 2-week tour across Morocco, the highlight of which is the visit of the Imilchil Wedding Festival, an experience you will never forget.

The locals like to joke that the groom was much sadder than the bride, as the lake named after him is larger

If you want to read more, here is an inspiring story about a couple who got engaged at the festival: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/feb/14/destination-romance-tahir-shah-imilchil-morocco

could have been the world’s largest city for 2 decades, between 1160 and 1180?

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What you need
a tajine – special pot, composed of 2 parts, used in traditional Moroccan cuisine

Ingredients (serves 2-3)
some beef (depends on how hungry you are)
1 onion
2-3 potatoes
1 tomato
1 zucchini
1 carrot
Ras el hanut (Moroccan mix of 35 spices) If you don’t have it, mix spices such as ginger, mild paprika, pepper, salt, cumin

How to make it
Chop the onion, cut the potatoes into wedges, peel the tomato and slice it, slice the zucchini and the carrot. Wash the vegetables and the meat.

Put the onions in the tajine, then add oil and spices to your liking. Add the meat. Fry for about 2 minutes, then pile on the vegetables, except for the tomato. Add some water, close the lid and cook for about an hour. Check every so often and add water if necessary, but don’t stir. 10 minutes before the tajine is ready, add the tomatoes.

When the dish is done, there should be no water left. Let it cool down a little before you dig in.

How to eat it
Moroccans like to share their food, so serve the tajine in the pot where you cooked it (the tajine) after removing the lid, of course. Gather your friends around, serve them some bread, and start eating! If you want to do it Moroccan style, you should use your hands – help yourself with bread.

Bon apetit or Bi saha, as they say in Arabic!

Extra tips:

You can also use other vegetables, such as pepper, peas, sweet potatoes, etc.. Just use your imagination and experiment.

The recipe for chicken tajine is the same, except you use chicken instead of beef, and it will add to the flavor if you add some lemon slices along with the vegetables. It takes less time to make, about 45 minutes instead of 1h.

If you’d like to spice up your tajine, add a hot chilly on the top of the vegetable mix.