Part of being a Tunisian living in the farthest city in the south of this country meant every time I needed to go to the capital city I end up taking a long road trip! This blog post will highlight ten Tunisian snacks that we grew up eating and still eat now!
#1. It is not a road trip without the fried junk food!
That includes “Fricasee” (fried salty doughnuts stuffed with eggs, pickled olives, Tuna, fries,..). This super unhealthy food sounds bad but trust me it is a treat when you take your first bit. Thank me later!
Orange look and super unhealthy drink and tastes like soap if soap had a taste. That drink was a necessity in our road trips. It is available everywhere. People like it because it is essential to keep the sugar level in blood high when you have a long drive ahead of you!
# 3. As kids we used to love Gaucho treats!
That’s probably the cheapest chocolate covered waffles ever! I don’t think I have words to describe the taste properly but this snack is still available and y’all can buy it if you want to try something very Tunisian.
Tunisians are not big on coffee mugs and people here are very influenced by French so coffee is usually consumed in small plastic cups which for a big coffee drinker like myself that usually means we have to make several coffee breaks on the way!
#5. Fruits from street vendors!
You did not experience a Typical Tunisian road trip if you did not stop on the way to get some fresh fruits from street vendors. Those stops usually serve to buy fresh and super tasty peaches, grapes, water melon or any other fruit depending on the season.
#6. Loud music!
A starter pack for a Tunisian road trip includes some really loud music! In my case that usually is a mix of Moroccan, Iraqi, English and sometimes French oldies.
#7. Google Maps!
Tunisians road trips also require fighting about how to get to the final destination especially if it is the first time visiting it! Google maps isn’t always trustworthy here though it did get better over the past two years!
#8. Mandatory stops!
Road trips here also require several mandatory bathroom breaks and that includes complaints about how terrible public bathrooms are which is correct!
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#9. The super unhealthy stuff
A must buy item in the road trip include super unhealthy snacks mostly potato chips! Tunisia has a decent variety of Tunisian and non-Tunisian chips!
#10. Ice Cream
The last item on the list is a mandatory ice cream break! We love ice cream here and it doesn’t matter if it is cold or hot on the way. If you find a store with ice cream sign, make a stop and try some. I’m not listing names because I do not want to endorse anyone so give it a try. You won’t regret it.
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