Instead of Turkey There Was also …\
The group of us piled onto the ferry to cross the Bosphorus – and the views were wonderful. The accommodations on the ferry were quite a bit like those on the Weehawken Ferry … but the views were quite different! Populated hills topped with mosques made for quite a different skyline! It was really quite beautiful.
We worked our way from the port towards the Kadiköy market – stopping to snack on the way on the most delicious tripe sandwiches, and fried oysters.
At the pastry shop our guide showed us exactly what to buy – though my nose might have done the same. And we were strictly warned not to eat our dessert lest we run out of room for lunch. (She wasn’t kidding … she berated me later for taking a bite of my pastry!)
We tried some Turkish delight with clotted cream, but passed on stocking up on it – we stocked up on sesame candy instead – delicious stuff.
Kadiköy market is an open air street market, very different from the Spice Market and more in tune with the way most Istanbullus cook and eat. We saw a huge variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus fish mongers, butchers, bakers, pastry and pudding shops, and olive oil merchants. We checked out raw meat, and tasted pickles while our guide did some of her weekly shopping.
Finally we made our way to lunch at a restaurant serving delicious Anatolian countryside cuisine. Our guide ordered everything … and it was aMAZing. We ate until we literally could eat no more.
The food tour with Selin was amazing. I highly recommend it for any trip to Istanbul … just make sure to fast the day before … and plan to skip the following dinner, breakfast and lunch!