Shopping for Food in Morocco

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(Warning to animal lovers, you may want to skip today’s post)

After a few days in Fes and the early weeks in China, I was used to seeing live chickens in the market.

Today we saw bunnies in the market, and pigeons too.  It almost looked like a pet shop, but after seeing the chickens slaughtered in Fes last week, we know better.

Meknes Morocco

It made me feel a little sad, although being a meat eater I guess that makes me a bit of a hypocrite too.

Next to the live animals is the meat.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could eat a piece of meat that looked like this just before I purchased it (Yes, those are flies – almost too gross to laugh):

food market in Morocco

Of course, it was an improvement over the brains:

Meknes Morocco food market

And the goat head . . .

meat in morocco

In the non-meat sections, there are wonderful spices, fruits, olives, bread and sweets (too bad these are covered with flies as well).

mounds of mixed spice

moroccan pastry

moroccan olives

If you have been following our trip, you probably remember that we saw much more unusual street food items when we were in China.  I didn’t try them then, or now.

Although, I do eat the traditional Moroccan foods in the restaurants we visit.  And I ate the octopus in La Coruna, Spain.

What do you think?  Is it the new spices, sanitation, or new foods that is upsetting my tummy?

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When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. That is so gross, Rhonder!
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  2. I think there is a balance somewhere between western over-cleanliness which many believe is at the root of the epidemic rise in allergies, and “third-world” less than ideal conditions. Citizens in these areas don’t suffer because their physiology is adapted to their environment and perhaps if we were a little less obsessive we would suffer less when exposed to these situations. While traveling through India we gave up meat after seeing the way it is transported and stored and experiencing some gastric turbulence.
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    • I totally agree. I love the expression “gastric turbulence” and I think I will be using it to describe our current state, if you don’t mind.

  3. A goat head – yuck.

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