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I have been talking for the last several years about driving up to the north for the day and going to the Moroccan Fantasy (פנטזיה מרוקאית) store in Hatzor Haglilit to find a tagine. I have always joked that I must of have been Moroccan in a past life because I love Moroccan architecture and design, food and music.

Morocco Fantasy Store

Finally, Mr BT and I went there a few Fridays ago and when we first drove through the industrial zone and entered the parking area of the store, the front of the store didn’t look like anything special.

Tagines

But then we looked to our right and gasped in delight at the sea of tagines,

Tables_Sinks

tiled tables and sinks,

Planters

and beautiful planters.

Moroccan_Fantasy_Inside

The moment I walked in the store, I knew I was home. It fulfilled all our expectations and more.

Moroccan_Painted_Screens

The first place I gravitated to was the back of the store where they had beautiful hand-painted

Moroccan_HandHammered_Doors

hand-hammered,

Moroccan_Doors

and my personal favorite, hand-carved doors which I could picture as the entrance to our master bedroom.

Moroccan_Lamps

Moroccan_More_Lamps

The other thing that caught my eye were the beautiful light fixtures.

Tagines_Vases_Pots

But after coming back down to earth, I focused on the real reason I came to the store, which was to buy a tagine that I could cook with. They have beautiful decorative tagines for serving, but you cannot use them for cooking.

Tagines (1)

When buying a tagine for cooking or serving, make sure they have a label on them that says “sans plomb”, which means “without lead”. And of course, always make sure you buy from a reputable dealer.

Fire_Base_for_Tagine

If you want to cook with a tagine in the traditional way, you can buy a stand for it and cook using wood or charcoal. I decided to forgo this for now, but will buy one in the future.

Tagine

I came home with a rustic tagine perfect for making one of Paula Wolfert’s lovely recipes. But, I will be going back to buy doors, tiles, lamps….. Mr. BT’s bank manager had better watch out!

Moroccan Fantasy
Industrial Zone
Hatzor HaGlilit
Open: Sunday-Thursday 0800 – 1600
Friday 0800 – 1430
Telephone: 04-6800744 or 050-2766965

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Baroness Tapuzina

avatarMichelle Nordell (aka Baroness Tapuzina) was a foodie from the womb growing up in the House of Weird Vegetables, so named by a family friend because all of the unusual and exotic food cooked and eaten there. She loves to change recipes using herbs from her garden and spices from the spice shops she enjoys visiting.

  5 Responses to “A Moroccan Fantasy in Israel”

  1. Wow,really nice things in that store!

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      Thanks Yael. They do have some nice things. You should see the loose tiles on their website that I forgot to photograph. They are really nice.

  2. I want that sink! When I lived in Givat Ze’ev the apartment had a fitted kitchen from the previous owners in a design I used to call Nightmare in Marrakesh. It was dark and not very tasteful, but I didn’t have the budget to change it, and at least there was tons of counter space and lots of cabinets. If I ever do get to design my dream kitchen I want some of those tiles, gorgeous!!!

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    I’ve found your website while googling for somewhere in Israel to buy a good tagine in Israel, and I’ve found this… this… this… wow. I’m a spanish moroccan jew and I didn’t know that place existed. So, thank you! And wow again.

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