Turkish tea rather than coffee is the national drink of Turkey. More than likely, Turkish friends will serve tea when you visit them at home. They may also send invites to meet them in tea gardens that are family destinations and an integral part of Turkish culture. Teahouses in villages or town centres of Turkey are male-dominated environments, and females rarely … [Read more...] about Drinking Turkish Tea and the Social Culture in Turkey
Turkish Food and Drink - Traditional, Local and Regional
While many people stereotype Turkey as a nation of donor kebab eaters, the truth is that Turkish food and drink is a lot more complicated than that. Regional dishes vary from the east to the west, and many recipes are influenced by other cultures and the historical diversity of the Ottoman empire. The country is definitely a food lovers dream.
For the vegetarian trekking across the globe, concerns about food go far beyond the everyday omnivore's. In addition to eagerly hoping the food will be a highlight, that it won't break the bank, and that none of it will make one sick, the vegetarian also has to concern herself with the limitations of whether or not a locale, its customs, and its restaurants are familiar enough … [Read more...] about 6 of the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Istanbul
Last week, I came across Expedia's World on a Plate Challenge. It sounded interesting. Every month they feature a different country and bloggers participate by cooking a dish from that country. For the month of April, the country they are promoting is Turkey, so I decided to feature Turkish Pide. Now I don't normally cook. There is no need for me to be adventurous in the … [Read more...] about Making Turkish Pide for the World on a Plate Challenge
With its mixture of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences and its bountiful fresh produce, it’s no surprise that Istanbul has established itself as a mecca for foodies from across the globe. From tender, perfectly spiced kebabs to indulgent sweet pastries, the diversity of potential food to eat is mind boggling. This popular vacation spot is perfect for a culinary tour, … [Read more...] about 6 Suggestions of Food to Eat in Istanbul
One of the best feelings in the world is when you eat your favorite food. One of my favorite dishes is Dolma and I have just hurriedly scoffed two for my lunchtime meal. If you find yourself in Turkey and come upon a traditional restaurant, then be sure to nip in and try some dolma. If you translate dolma then it actually means stuffed thing and the Turks like to use Peppers … [Read more...] about Dolma Stuffed Pepper Recipe