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Supporting Local In Turkey – Treats Of The Local Bakery

Most people who visit Turkey fall in love with Turkish bread right from that very first moment when it passes their lips. When fresh, the standard Turkish loaf should be crisp on the outside and soft and light in the centre. Upon sitting down to a meal, the diner insists to themselves, “Only a couple …

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Alternative Sightseeing In Izmir – Alsancak Street Market

Regular readers of this blog will know we have a bit of a passion (or should that say obsession?) for food markets. Sundays are taken up with a trip to Çalış market, Tuesdays we’re off along the harbour in the opposite direction to Fethiye market and Fridays – our favourite – see us back on …

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Testing Out Our First Ever Famous Çeşme Kumrusu

“Don’t come back from Izmir without trying Çeşme Kumrusu!” This was just one of the many pieces of advice given to us by Turkish friends before we set off for our trip to Izmir in September. But it was also the piece of advice; the common thread that linked all the other suggestions offered. Woe …

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Künefe – A Sweet Acknowledgement Of A Famous Turkish Dessert

As we’re in the second day of Ramazan Bayramı, the three-day festival following Ramazan, it seems only fitting to acknowledge this with a post about one of Turkey’s most famous desserts, künefe. Künefe isn’t a dessert particular to Ramazan Bayramı; it’s just that we don’t get to do many sweetie posts on this blog – …

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Istanbul Street Food: Late Night Kokoreç And Midye Tava

Back in April we flew to Rome from Turkey. And, as we were flying from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, it meant we got to spend a night in our favourite city, Istanbul. It all coincided with a meet-up with some other bloggers…which meant going out for drinks…which of course meant ending the evening with a late …

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Real Chips Fighting Back – Turkish Homemade Chips On The Comeback Trail

Chips (kızarmış patates – fried potatoes), although not often associated with Turkish cuisine, definitely make an appearance from time to time on the Turkish table. While a Turkish dish might not traditionally be served with a mountain of chips on the side, deep-fried vegetables, including those of the potato variety, often appear on the trays …

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