Experienced software executive Jeffery S. Fraser is a dedicated traveler with a special love for Casablanca in Morocco. For Jeffery Fraser and other travelers, the cosmopolitan city offers a rich blend of cultures and cuisines.
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and its economic center. Sprawled along the North African coastline, its cafes give off rich aromas of strong coffee and serve cooling drinks of mint tea. The city’s elegant restaurants offer Spanish- and French-inflected cuisines, using a variety of vegetables and seafood.
Rick’s Cafe, opened in 2004, is a favorite with tourists who love the classic 1942 movie Casablanca. The venue aims to re-create the look of the iconic establishment at the heart of the movie.
In the old portion of the city, visitors can purchase eggs, fresh strawberries, and fried sandwiches from vendors. In Casablanca’s small, centrally located market, sellers offer fruits, nuts, and dates. Pushcarts also sell snacks that include potato chips and salted garbanzo beans.
For lunch, locals typically enjoy a tagine, a dish baked inside a conical cooking vessel of the same name. Beans, rice, and couscous all lend themselves very well to preparation in a tagine, as do stews and roasted meats. When steam exits from the top of the tagine’s cone, its vapor condenses back down into the dish below, working on a principle similar to that of a Dutch oven. This method keeps food especially tender and ends up conserving energy.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.