North African food
Mario Christerna's story is an important one that tells the tale of people who found their way out of the barrios and into food. He's a hell of a cook, too.
According to an Algerian tradition, if a would-be groom can successfully eat an entire brik pastry without spilling a drop of the yolk inside, then he is officially ready to marry. I decided to try my luck.
For centuries, through conquest, colonization, and migration, North Africa, and Latin America has been engaged in an ongoing culinary exchange. Fast forward to 2015, and you have things like falafel and shakshouka-filled tacos in South LA.
Of all the touristy things to do just outside Marrakech, the most fulfilling is the trip to the argan oil collectives. There will be potions for your sun-beaten face and delicious nut butters that look vaguely like the product of a bowel disease. And...