Hot Tea On A Cold Day…Moroccan Style

Moroccan Tea

Moroccan Tea at Dametra Mediterranean Cafe on Ocean Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California – the cutest little cups…which serve a great purpose…the tea is always hot when you drink it as the pot keeps the rest mighty warm for a long time for you…and it’s fun to experience the mint fragrance ever time you pour.

For the past 35 years I’ve been lucky enough to get to make an annual journey to the most darling little town on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, Carmel, California.  The annual trek started when my Mom wanted to vacation with my sister and me…and she didn’t fly…so we drove to delightful locales.  Eventually we just settled on skipping checking out other towns and committed to Carmel. Better shopping, dining, architecture, beach, walking paths, and charm than any place we’d ever experienced…and pretty much still holds true for my sister and me today…as Mom (Betty) joins in spirit only.

We enjoy this small, friendly Mediterranean restaurant – where they serve the best hummus ever (really)…the best fresh made pita bread ever (again, really, I mean it!) and the most delightful Moroccan hot tea with mint (of which I ask them to not include the honey so I don’t throw my blood sugar level into a tizzy).

Dametra Cafe…in Carmel…says Mediterranean, and offers the best Greek dishes

Dametra Cafe…in Carmel…says Mediterranean, and offers the best Greek dishes–it is always got a nice busy flow of patrons…noon through dinner…the hosts are gracious and so enjoy you being there…no wonder they are always busy (but handle it well, they just expanded a bit too).

 

Mint tea isn’t just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality, friendship, and tradition. Since this drink is so popular, it is served all day long, after every

Dametra's hummus…mmmmmmmmm

Dametra’s hummus…mmmmmmmmm

meal, and with every conversation. Moroccans take great pride in their tea and will often ask a visitor who among their group of friends makes the best cup of mint tea. And a minimum of two to three cups needs to be drunk so as not to offend the host.

Moroccan mint tea is a favorite among many people outside of Morocco too because of its smooth and sweet taste. It’s served very sweet (but even delicious when served less sweet) and made the old-fashioned way with gunpowder green tea.

As we were enjoying our fresh green tea with tons of mint…I thought of our English cousin Adrienne…who traveled with us in the American South recently and who ordered mint tea wherever we went.  Just now I realize why, her favorite place in the world is Morocco…

Well, on to more tea spots in Carmel… Enjoy and Drink tea

 

6 Comments

  1. So glad to hear you sisters are enjoying yourselves!

  2. Thank you…it is so nice to be up here again..we missed out last year. It is clear and cold and crisp…perfect reading and tea drinking weather.
    Happy belated birthday to you too!!!!

  3. Well now I think you need to post a Moroccan Tea Menu and we need to plan a Moroccan Tea Party! Reading this makes me wish I there!!
    Sounds divine!

    • Now there’s an idea…wish you were here too…maybe next years girl’s gathering can be in Carmel…now there’s another good idea 🙂

  4. I feel warmed by this post, what a wonderful spot. I’ve never actually had true Moroccan mint tea but I would love to try it and that plate of hummus is just waiting to be scooped up with a bit of pitta bread. What a lovely place to return to with your sister, and your Mom in spirit.

    • You would just love this restaurant/cafe Lorna…the hummus and baba ganoush (spelling?) are spectacular…as we were leaving the restaurant two women were reading the menu outside and debating whether to go in or not…my sister said to them, “it’s wonderful”, they then told us one of the was vegetarian and wondered if the menu worked for them—we assured them the vegetarian dishes were beautifully prepared. A few minutes later we were walking by the restaurant again and saw them enjoying themselves near a window table… I hope you get to try some Moroccan tea, it is nicely served. Green tea, fresh mint, honey/sugar (optional for me, but a true Moroccan tea is sweet).