Tagines ready to be fired – Fes, Morocco. 2012.

There’s a forge in the outskirts of the Fes medina  that produces most of the ceramic bowls, tiles and tables found throughout the markets and souks of Fes and beyond.  The forge is incredible in that the production process is demonstrated from start to finish, from the drying of the raw clay to the arrangement of hand-cut zellij tiles on ornate tables.

This definitely isn’t Wegmans, pt. II – a trip into the medina, Fes, Morocco.

As I mentioned earlier, VR, WFD, JBG and I made a trip up to Fes for a weekend and scheduled a cooking class.  Fatima, our ace cooking instructor, lead us on a fantastic shopping tour of the medina and then brought us back to her kitchen in Batha, a neighborhood within the Fes medina. The cooking?  Epic.  Fatima was a total pro, prepping about eight dishes and assigning responsibilities to the four of us to insure that the meal was finished all at the same time.  Beyond her incredible organizational skills, I must point out that her cooking, err, our…

FES!

V and I recently ran off to Fes for a quick weekend before our visitors start pouring in.  Three days in Fes is nowhere near enough time to spend getting to know the city – we only scratched the surface of what the amazingly complex city has to offer.  Specifically, Fes is split over three separate parts.  The old city – Fes el Bali – contains the medina and much of the historic offerings of the city.  The new city – Fes Jdid – has a totally different feeling than the old city, as does Ville Nouvelle, the modern French…