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Delightfully Turkish

sunny 27 °C

The Turks certainly have a collective sweet tooth. A bathtub full of golden honey weighs down the breakfast buffet at our hotel each morning and Baklava dripping with honey comes in numerous flavours and shapes with all types of nuts...
And every other store has heaps of Turkish delight. Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir, an Ottoman from the mountain region of Kostomonu, invented Turkish delight in 1777 and opened his first shop, (which still exists), in the old city of Istanbul. Here, in Turkey, Turkish Delight is called Lokum and can be had in more varieties than Mr. Heinz ever dreamed possible...
But food of many cultures is available in this cosmopolitan city and yesterday we breakfasted in Europe, lunched in Asia and dined back in Europe without leaving Istanbul. Here's part of the mouthwatering breakfast spread at our hotel,The Safir, in European Istanbul...
And so to lunch... A bevy of ferries scurry back and forth across the Bosphorus carrying locals and their cars between two continents with far less fuss and bother, and much less cost, than the Gabriola ferry to Vancouver Island. Imagine, dear Gabriolan friends, if you could plop $1.20 in a machine and simply walk aboard as the cars drive on without anyone to guide them. There are no life-jacketted crew on deck; no one tying ropes, lowering ramps or shepherding passengers around and, as the last car drives aboard, the ramp simply lifts and away we go. And the ferries...Wow! Plush seats, pleasant decor, televisions everywhere, smart cafeteria and clean loos - and all for $1.20. There are lessons to be learnt here, BC Ferries.
Our Asian lunch was meatballs in sauce, white beans, aubergine, mixed salad and drinks ...just $6 each (tax included).
Dinner back in Europe was a specialty from the region of Anatolia in eastern Turkey - a chicken stew cooked in a clay pot. And when the chicken was ready Yohan the waiter, deftly, like a a conductor flourishing his baton, tapped the pot and it cracked open to reveal dinner...
Thanks Yohan - it was terrific.

Posted by Hawkson 12:04 Archived in Turkey

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I am drooling looking at the photos. Bring back a suitcase of the Lokum please. You used to be able to get delicious Lokum at the Seattle Public Market. Yum. Hope you are doing a lot of walking.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Yummy - the food does look great. Did you go to the island in the Bosphorus that has no cars? It's like going back in time.
The Ephesus photos are fantastic! Early birds and worms etc. The light was perfect. Thanks.

by joyce

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