by Marc Esanuelas
Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. That would be a block of sugar about the size of an iPhone per cup of mint tea. Boiling water is poured from the elegant silver tea pot into the little glass cups that are stuffed with fresh mint leaves. The taste is amazing but you can’t help but wonder how many cups you can have in a day before your teeth begin to rot out of your mouth.
This is one of dozens of stalls selling tagines, cous cous, mint tea, fresh orange juice and other Moroccan classics that set up each day in Place Djemaa El-Fna in the Medina of Marrakech. They start in the early evening and stay open until the wee hours. Just beyond the stalls, women dance and men charm snakes in the dark.