Monday, December 8, 2008

The Fish Market

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One of the best things about Essaouria is its proximity to the ocean. Close to the ocean = lots of FRESH fish.



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We went to the fish market both days we were in Essaouria.



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The fish goes directly from the ocean to the tables of the fish market.



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And, it's all just laying out on the counters. (In case you're noticing a drastic difference in the lighting of the fishy pictures, one visit happened at night, and one visit happened during the day.)



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These are kind of like eels. Ahmed and Brahim weren't sure of the English name. They might gross and slimy, but Khadija made a tajine from this kind of creature once, and it was really yummy!



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More of the eel/snakes/slimy fish.



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Shrimps!!!!



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I had to take a picture of this fish. Look at his (?) mouth!!! Hahahahaha!



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These fish are naked. Their scales have been removed. I tried some of these in Marrakesh once. They were breaded and deep-fried. They were also very yummy.



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Essaouira is famous for sardines.


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There were lots of them.



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We also saw rays. I've never eaten rays, but they must be good to eat because they were selling them.



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This is a crummy picture. It's the result of my phobia of annoying people with my camera. I was too embarrassed to do more than take one quick shot. In case you can't tell, it's sharks.



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Here's the best part of the fish market. We bought those whitish fish near the edge of the table.



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Then this nice gentleman cleaned them for us. (We tipped him.)



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We took our cleaned fish to a place where they could be cooked. While we waited, we ate bread...



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and Moroccan salad...



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and olives.



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But, the crowning point of the meal was definitely the fish.



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Sprinkled with a little fresh lemon juice. Mmmmmmm. It was to die for.

1 comment:

Ben and Missy said...

Mmmm, fresh fish is the best! Although I am still a little squeamish looking at those eels...