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JEFF KOEHLER

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August 15th, 2007

savor: Tunisia/ Sidi Bou Saïd

SOCIÉTÉ CAFÉ “DES NATTES” EL ALIA
Place du Souk
Sidi Bou Saïd
216/71.749.661

Sidi Bou Saïd is a lovely washed-white village that clings to the cliffs above the Mediterranean near the ruins of ancient Carthage. Climb the hill to the main square and then the set of worn, uneven stairs to Des Nattes. The “Turkish” coffee is served in delicate porcelain cups. There are a few tables outside with views over the tiny square below, though I prefer to sit in the dimly lit inside among chatting Tunisian men and Arabic music playing on the radio.
Tourists all order: mint tea with pine nuts.
The locals: café turc.
Buy: a tightly woven bouquet of fresh jasmine flowers from one of the sellers passing through café.

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