TV Chef Explores Tangier

Famous TV chef, Anthony Bourdain, recently visited Tangier, Morocco for the show Parts Unknown in search of good food and an experience of its storied culture.  He shares some local dinner table manners:

“Like anywhere else in the Arab world,” explained Bourdain, “eating with your hands — always the right one — is proper dining etiquette.”

In the article from CNN, Bourdain talked to some locals about the young artists, writers and musicians who come to Tangier today expecting a 1950s wonderland – and the fight to keep Tangier’s unique character alive.  This international city that drew famous wanderers became a melting pot for culture and entertainment.  But today, it’s slowly developing into a modern metropolis while retaining its old world style and flair.

“Tangier is Morocco,” Bourdain exclaimed. “Always was Morocco. And recently the country’s leadership seems to have embraced it in all its ill-reputed glory. The days of predatory poets in search of literary inspiration and young flesh are probably over for good. Hippies can just as easily get their bong riffs in Portland or Peoria. But the good stuff, the real good stuff, the sounds and smells and the look of Tangier — what you see and hear when you lean out the window and take it all in — that’s here to stay.”

They seemed to have a great time visiting the city.  I’ve attached a map below of the top things they experienced in Tangier.  If you’re travelling to Morocco, I recommend you explore Tangier and try some of the unique food and culture. 


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    1. Thanks Jane. I watched the full episode and he has some great footage of Tangier. He seemed to focus on the history and the drug scene mostly, but it was fun to see Tangier on TV!

      1. It was very fun! But I was really sort of taken aback by his focus on the drug scene – – something I didn’t think needed to be covered so extensively! But still, fun to see. By the way, I’m going to look up your hotel and possibly schedule a stay for my next trip!

        1. We don’t have our hotel, YET. We’re currently working with an architect to draw up the plans. He says the project should take around two years, so I hope to see you then!

  1. Hello, and thanks for visiting and liking a post on my blog!

    Bourdain’s shows have been one of only two shows in all of my TV viewing days that I always watched every episode of. I like his style, delivery, and the way he immerses himself in cultural aspects and eats like an everyday person at everyday places in the places he visits most of the time it appears.

    It is unfortunate that Americans cannot travel so freely abroad any longer thanks to the stupidity of some in our government. So many places to see, but so many hate us. That really sucks.


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