As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
It’s Morocco vs. Moroccan on the cookbook shelves this week. Local Mediterranean-cooking expert Paula Wolfert revisits classic North African home cooking, while Mourad Lahlou, the tattooed, Moroccan-born chef of Aziza in the Outer Richmond, shares his cross-cultural restaurant inventions. Who will win your bookstore dollars?
Bastilla. Real bastilla made with real Moroccan pigeon. Of course, I thought that the pigeons caught and prepared for my meal might very well have been from some other country and merely had the misfortune of landing in the wrong spot at the wrong time, but I let that go. I was about to eat them baked with almonds, spices, and eggs into the flaky pastry of my favorite Moroccan dish of all time. And in Morocco, of all places, too. I longed to nearly suffocate myself under it’s heavy layer of powdered sugar and cinnamon.