Instead of Turkey, There Was …
Since we weren’t going to have one big meal of Turkey … we decided to overindulge instead in all the foods of Turkey – with a full day food tour, starting in the Spice Bazaar.
This extensive market was built in the 17th century to finance the upkeep of the nearby mosque, Yeni Cami. The bazaar is often referred to as the “Egyptian Market” due to the fact that spices used to come to the market from India and Southeast Asia via Egypt.
In the market we tried pastrami with garlic, and other snacks – then set up shop in one of the spice shops where we were greeted with warm apple tea.
The shop owners were very knowledgeable and went through most of the spices on that wall explaining them to us and letting us taste them.
The teas were amazing – relaxation teas, and local teas, and teas with flowers, dried fruit teas … I’m not a tea person, but these teas were irresistible!
Our last stop on the European side of Istanbul was for dessert. Where were walked up to the case, and our tour guide (Selin Rozanes of www.turkishflavours.com) picked out one of everything for us to try. There was an excellent rice pudding, and a weird pudding with dried fruit and beans in it, and then the weirdest one which looked pudding-like, but was made from a breast of chicken.
I had millions of pictures of food, and couldn’t narrow them down too much, so stay tuned for Ryan’s very first trip to Asia!