Well isn’t this a coincidence? Today’s post is a series of black and white photos from Istanbul. It’s not the first time we’ve done this. And there’s the coincidence. On going back to our first Istanbul in Black and White post, it’s become apparent that we published it exactly this time last year, on July 31st. Hmm, maybe we start to get a case of Istanbul pangs at this time of year, each year…
Last year’s post came about because we were aware of the lack of ‘historic Istanbul’ posts on the blog. Well, that was rectified with those photos and we’ve since done articles on Aya Sofya, Süleymaniye Camii and Kariye Museum. Enough with the history for now, then, and let’s get back onto another of our favourite topics: Turkish street food…in black and white!
Okay, we know Turkish çay isn’t food but this little tulip-shaped glass of goodness looks quite cool in black and white, don’t you think? This photo was taken when we were in Beyazıt last October. We’d been to Süleymaniye Camii and then slipped away from the crowds to enjoy a few glasses of çay and a nargile at the Çorlulu Alipaşa Medresesi. Let’s call it a Turkish street food of the hot liquid variety.
Especially during the winter months, you’re not going to be able to walk too far in Istanbul without coming across hot, roasted chestnuts for sale (kestane). There’s something very wintery and comforting about the sight of these street sellers wrapped up in woolly hats, tempting us with aromas of chestnut in a huge city. It just doesn’t look the same in the warmer seasons – although we’re sure the street sellers don’t prefer winter in Istanbul!
And what a discovery this was. Remember our Turkish street food discovery of 2011? Our tastebuds had the pleasure of partying with our first ever taste of tantuni kebab. It was a cold night, the windows of this place were steaming up but when we saw the words we’d been keeping an eye out for – ‘tantuni kebab’ – we marched straight on in there. This photo, I think, captures that wintery, early evening, cold and dark outside feel. We love tantuni!
And is this our favourite place in Istanbul? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder because this is usually our first stop (we didn’t get here on our fleeting trip in April) when we come to Istanbul. Such a welcome – and therefore beautiful, for us – sight. A glance to the left bombards the senses with Istanbul ferries sounding their horns as they criss-cross the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus and, on the opposite shore, the minarets of world famous mosques stretch into the sky…
…And that’s all well and good (actually, it’s a fabulous view) but we’re here for one thing only. Our eyes are locked firmly to the right. We stroll through the small but bursting-with-life Karaköy fish market and only stop when we get to these guys. These are the guys that are going to serve up our fresh, winter anchovies in the form of hamsi ekmek. Mmmm, we can almost taste winter, now.
And wow! Here’s another coincidence. We were recently asked if we would like to take part in a collaborative blog post about our special, favourite food. Well, that post has just gone live, as I’m typing. You can probably guess which food we chose. You’ll find out over at Migrationology’s, 33 Foods Worth Traveling Across The World Just To Eat. 33 bloggers took part and Turkey features three times! Not a bad advert for Turkish cuisine, we’re thinking!