A culinary walk through Istanbul
Sleet is falling and it's well below zero, but the guide for our
culinary walking tour is waiting as arranged outside the Spice Market
People come to Istanbul for many reasons, such as the history and theart, but for me, this time anyway, it's all about the food. And whatbetter way to make some new discoveries and tread some new back streetsthan under the guidance of an expert?
Istanbul Eats' culinary walking tours are designed so you canexperience an Istanbul that tourists rarely can, and we have beenwarned to come with empty stomachs. Its website also provides the mostup-to-date information about dining in Istanbul, from street snacks tofine meals at top restaurants.
Our lovely American guide, Megan, made the city her home many years agoand speaks the language well. Our small group of six sets off, not tothe Spice Market as expected, but to the surrounding streets.
Megan explains that, sadly, it is more a general bazaar now, ratherthan the glorious food market I remember from past visits.
However, all around it we find a fascinating array of food stores, allspecialising in something different.
We wander from store to store, tasting, at the friendly insistence ofthe vendors, olives, nuts and cheeses from the many different regionsof Turkey. Then, huddled out of the cold near a tiny tea shop, we areplied with tiny glasses of tea and cups of Turkish coffee, which theowner carries to us on a traditional "hanging" tray.
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