Saturday, August 22, 2015

Moroccan Delights at the Marche des Enfants Rouges

mountain of couscous

I didn't cook today, but on the way to one of my favorite old Parisian libraries (Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris in the Marais), I stopped off at the Marche des Enfants Rouges, which is best known for being the oldest market in Paris, and its Moroccan stall. I have to confess that the food was not the best Moroccan food I have ever tasted, but I enjoyed the wait along the window exposing all the gorgeous dishes and desserts, the mosaic tile tables nearby under a translucent tarp, and the tasty pastry I had for dessert (kadaifi with nuts and honey inside).

The dish I tasted was the couscous Berbere, super fine couscous (my favorite) with a Moroccan spiced chicken dish with green olives. I intended to go for couscous merguez (which was, incidentally what I was eating in the Palais Royal Moroccan restaurant when the possibility of this current Paris opportunity was raised), but when I saw the berbere in the window, I had to try it. Photos from this culinary adventure:

my favorite kind of Moroccan pastry
mountain of tagine du poulet

a view of some delectable desserts

couscous Berbere

kadaifi... hoping to find some of this shredded
pastry in a Paris grocery
the view looking up into the tarp

another stall in the Marche des Enfants Rouges

the line waiting for couscous!

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