with a new TURKEY tour announced on my Follow Your Heart Tours site, and the fact that i have NOT blogged about my turkey trip, except for it being published in Lonely Planet Philippines magazine, i decided today was as good a day than any to start showing the world how AMAZING turkey really is, if you didn’t know. :)
this post is going to showcase all the yummy food that i DID actually partake of in istanbul, during my 8 day stay in turkey.
let us begin our culinary tour thru istanbul…. :)
one thing that was very helpful while in istanbul was this chain cafe, simit sarayi, open all the time. they have pretty decent turkish coffee and pastries in a bind!
i also loved seeing bright and early in the morning the bread being made and ready for delivery…
then of course, there is the street food. so much goodness! everything from pretzels to freshly squeezed juices..and they seem to be everywhere which is great if you suddenly are overcome with hunger pangs!
and mobile stores that make sandwiches and sell drinks of all sorts…
then there is the pommegranete juice….
are you salivating yet? good! now we’re gonna head into a few sit-down type restaurants that make some seriously AMAZING home-cooked type turkish food…
buhara 93 - DELISH food…and right near the HIPPODROME in old istanbul…definitely amazing..the stew-type mains.. the flat breads…the fresh salads..the little baklava…and the turkish tea.. mmmmmmmm… :)
even the hotels where we stayed had really great spreads in their in-house restaurant buffets…not gonna lie - i MOWED on the feta cheese… :)
when you go down to the fish district, you not only see the markets where the fish is buyed, but you see many many fish restaurants to choose from!
don’t have time to sit down? you can always hop into a “corner store” there and find familiar items to tie you over til you can. because sitting down for meals in turkey is all part of the culture and you get to take in your surroundings and do and see what the locals do. :)
and of course..there is ALWAYS room for dessert - ESPECIALLY turkish delight and baklava!!! :)
thanks for eating with me in istanbul…the next post will feature foods from capadoccia and izmir! :)
ps - dont forget to check out FOLLOW YOUR HEART TOURS website… :)