A tireless weekend of eating and drinking in Rabat, Morocco two summers ago turned me on to Arabian delicacies like couscous, lamb stew, and bastilla (a chicken-filled pastry with sugar and cinnamon – to die for – pictured at left).
Last Friday night at OPUS’ 8th Annual Street Party ‘Arabian Nights’, the ethnic snacks, exotic dancing, and endless drinks took me back to those warm, festive soirees.
Appies, including merguez sandwiches (below), were served to guests celebrating and drinking Cardamom Sours on Hamilton Street.
Next came the party’s pinnacle event held at Elixir Bistro.
The Moroccan inspired spread commenced with a mezze platter and Hendrick’s Gin Mint Iced Teas. On the plate were marinated artichokes, calamata olives, and a refreshing green salad with orange:
Course #2: Red Snapper Tajine & fennel scented with saffron in a tangy, drinkable broth:
The main course arrived in two parts. First, fresh couscous with caramelized onions (which were so flavorful, they could’ve been eaten solo), plump raisins, and sauteed red peppers:
And second, a Moroccan Style Lamb Stew containing chickpeas, tomatos, and cilantro. Together, they were sweet & savory, comforting, and heavenly:
Best for last (as usual), a platter of Maghrebi pastries washed down with intensely sweet mint tea: