Turkish Delights

Istanbul is one of my favourite destination for food. This place is rich in culture and tradition and many of their restaurants still cook dishes ranging from the Ottoman court times. Turkey’s rich cuisine comes from its closeness to Anatolia, the Aegean and Black Seas! The Simit, a humble breakfast bread is ring shaped bread crusted with sesame seeds. Try it with a glass of Turkish tea! You must also try the mezes (tapas style small places of cold and warm food). I must say Istanbul is one place where for one week, I tried about 7 different types of eggplant dishes cooked with different methods – smoked, fried stuffed, baked etc.Read more

Of Fish and Shoe Polish Stands

When in Istanbul, eat a Fish Sandwich (balik ekmek). Yes. I simply love the flavour of the fresh fish in between cheap white bread and lots of pickles and olives on the side. There are several balik-ekmek restaurants beneath the Galata Bridge. You will have a great sunset view while you having a good fish dinner for a real cheap price! A visit to the spice market should be top on the list of places to visit too. There are many shoe shine spots dotted all over Istanbul. You can’t miss the large Turkish brass shoe shine boxes. Read more