Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Moroccan Episode

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For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table discusses the North African home of Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Tangier. We’re talking, of course, about Morocco.

Recently, Editor-in-Chief Cator Sparks was lucky enough to visit Morocco. He takes a deep dive into the process, from how to get there (three flights and many, many hours) to what not to do (travel alone in the dark) to the proper way to bargain while in the souk, giving us an honest account of what it’s like to travel through Morocco’s refreshingly modern and up-to-date cities and its stunningly beautiful desert hinterland landscapes.

And how could we get through an episode without talking about booze? Morocco, contrary to popular belief (and in opposition to many other majority-Muslim countries), is not a dry country. Alcohol can be found in restaurants, grocery stores, and bars. So, if you’re a drinker, have no fear when visiting Morocco; you can still get your preferred tipple, which might just change between your every-day-at-home drink to Morocco’s renowned fig brandy, Mahia. Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter guides us through everything we need to know about this mysterious Moroccan spirit.

And finally, Associate Editor Chase McPeak discusses where you can get a taste of Morocco within the United States, pointing to the Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, California, as the ultimate Stateside Riyadh. He also offers helpful suggestions on finding local Moroccan food and culture.

Be sure to tune in next week when special guest Chef Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn will be talking all things meat.

Further Reading

Travel Guide to Marrakesh: Learn the ins-and-outs of visiting Morocco’s most energetic and vivacious city.

Drink Up Moroccan Fig Leaf Brandy: Learn all there is to know about this beloved Moroccan spirit.

A Taste of Morocco in the States: If you can’t make it to Morocco yourself, get a taste of North Africa and the Mediterranean at this California Ryadh instead.