I was lucky enough to be invited to #DcTravelBlogger dinner, hosted by Jessica van Dop DeJesus of The Dining Traveler, at Bistro du Soleli in Alexandria last week. Guests dined on a 7-course culinary tour through Morocco, guided by Bisto du Soleli's Chef Samir Labriny. Each dish on the menu heightened taste buds with bold flavor and rich culture.
Our welcome cocktail, created by the Chef, was called a Moroccan Orange. The color was amazing, I should've written down what liquor was in it, I could certainly taste vodka though, which is my absolute favorite. Our first course were assorted Moroccan salads consisting of eggplant, carrot, cucumber, tomato, and green pepper salad combinations. It was the perfect starter, light and refreshing.
The next course came with a cooking demonstration by Chef Labriny himself: bastilla. I honestly did not know what this was before he started explaining, a phyllo dough stuffed with eggs, almonds, parsley, and chicken....topped with cinnamon and powered sugar. The ultimate mixture of sweet and savory, the flavors worked so well together, it was an incredible dish.
Next up was chicken with lemon and olives, the chicken was so full of flavor and tender- not to mention the combination of lemon and olives is one of my favorite. & after that we were treated to an incredible lamb dish with honey and almonds. I can't even begin to tell you how great this dish was, it was by far my favorite of the evening.
The main courses ended with couscous with seven vegetables. I wish I had had room for more, it was so delicious. I was so grateful for the to-go boxes Chef Labriny gave at the end, I ate my couscous for lunch today & it was to die for.
For dessert we indulged in baklava and finished off the evening sipping mint tea. Ever since I visited Greece a while back, I have been obsessed with baklava, the pastry was so flakey, it was heaven.
I'd like to thank Jessica and Chef Labriny for hosting such an unique dining experience. I'm happy I was able to try out a restaurant I'd never been to before in Alexandria, & I know I'll definitely be returning sometime soon!