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.