Rabat, Morocco

Visiting Hamid’s Family

Sweets and Soup

roasted chicken and cold vegetables

roasted lamb


fresh fruit

Our last stop in Morocco was Rabat, Hamid’s family’s hometown. Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. It has a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina that is small compared to the other cities we visited in Morocco, but it was charming. We loved viewing the Atlantic coastline and Bou Regreb River from the historical fortress, The Kasbah of the Udayas (or Oudaias.) Downtown Rabat is a modern city since it is a political and administrative center.

Nothing is better than a home-cooked meal, and Hamid’s family took it to another level with a seven-course meal. This was by far the best meal we had on our entire journey. Please peek at my blog, gloriasesposito.com, since this video does not capture all the courses!

First course: Moroccan meals start with something sweet; why not eat the best part first? Hamid’s family made a magnificent spread of traditional Moroccan homemade cookies, cakes, dates, and mint tea.

Second course: Moroccan Harira soup

Third course: Cold Moroccan salads, including carrots, potatoes, green beans, beets, olives, and delicious Moroccan bread.

Fourth course: Whole roasted chicken topped with olives and served with both red and green Harissa.

Fifth course: Fall off the bone, slow-roasted lamb with prunes coated with sesame seeds accompanied by hard-boiled eggs and topped with whole almonds.

Sixth course: Couscous topped with caramelized onions, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Seventh course: Fresh fruit.

Done! We were stuffed.

Hamid’s Family

Atlantic ocean coastline rabat

The Royal Palace or Dar al-Makhzen

Medina of Rabat

Hassan Tower or Tour Hassan

Kasbah of the Udayas (or Oudaias)

sunset Atlantic ocean 

Mary and Gloria Rabat at Sunset