Foodie Fridays: Atay in Their Veins

“Foodie Fridays” are dedicated to my two great loves: food and Fridays. In these posts, I’ll introduce you to some of my favorite varieties of Moroccan and North African cuisine.

My first experience with Moroccan mint tea (atay bil naânaâ in Darija, or Moroccan Arabic) came not when I first arrived in Morocco, but when I first dined at a Moroccan restaurant—some number of years ago. I vividly remember watching the server lift a plump silver teapot (called a berrad) high above his head, and with sniper-like precision, pour a delicate stream of amber fluid from a narrow spout into a small, gold-plated glass, nearly two feet below. At the time, I naively presumed this to be a party trick unique to this one server, at this one Moroccan restaurant. However, little did I know that this “party trick,” and everything it represents, is demonstrative of the collective spirit of millions of Moroccans—past, present, and future. Read More

Moroccan Mondays: Mawlid an-Nabi

The Peace Corps has three main goals, with the Third Goal focusing on bringing our host countries to our readership. With that being said, understanding my host country is exceedingly important to me, and one of my own goals is to bring a deeper understanding of everything Morocco to all of my readers. “Moroccan Mondays” are blog posts specifically catered to educating all of you about my host country, not necessarily the Peace Corps.

Yesterday, December 11th, was the first day of the next two years of my life. Read More

Warden of the North

When my Regional Manager handed me a green folder with the name of my future home on the cover, I was overcome with apprehension. It read, “Khemis Sahel,” and I was unfamiliar with the name. As I opened the folder, I was immediately greeted with a Google Maps image of the town: Read More