I visited Agadir, Essaouira, Tafraout, and Taroudant (all in the …

Comment on Moroccan Stew by MKV.

I visited Agadir, Essaouira, Tafraout, and Taroudant (all in the south) in the late 90s. It’s a Mediterranean climate, essentially, and driving up the coast of Morocco is akin to popping up CA 1 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. That is, if you got rid of the comforting weight of infrastructure and replaced it with an overwhelming sense of alien solitude.

I was a vegan at the time, so my memories of eating are colored by that. I remember fresh orange juice and rough smida bread in the mornings, a souk filled with olives and masses of spices, vegetable tajines long simmered.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the junk food blog "Spork & Barrel," and "Brocavore," a blog about food trucks and street food culture. His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, Eat Rockland, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.