Turkey For Food Lovers
In addition to being a cultural, religious and historical capital
the world, Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is a food lover's
paradise. Get the skinny on what local specialties to try while you're
While exploring the incredible churches, mosques, baths, and monuments
of Istanbul, you will be lured by the sights and smells of the food
coming out of every restaurant and street cart. Simple, fresh food is
the name of the game here, and there are treats to satisfy meat-eaters,
vegetarians and sweet lovers alike. Don’t miss a trip to the bustling
spice market, where many of these specialties are available. Here is a
small sampling of some of the most iconic Turkish dishes to watch for:
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Hundreds of thin layers of delicate phyllo dough are stacked together
along with honey and nuts to create one of Turkey's most famous
desserts. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer variety of baklava
available, which comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors in Istanbul.
Walnut and pistachio variations are most common.
These savory phyllo pastries also come in a variety of shapes and with
many different fillings. They can look like turnovers, cigars or even
lasagna and are typically filled with mild white cheese, vegetables
(most often spinach) and/or ground meat. They can be eaten for
eakfast or as a snack at any time of day.
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