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2012.11.26

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Teri Y.

Hi Robyn,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the tips you've given throughout various posts in your blog! We just returned from IST last night and had a wonderful time.

Your tips were extremely helpful, from saying there are toilets everywhere there's a mosque (how true!), to drinking lots of fresh fruit juice from the stands, drinking chay and kahve, riding the ferry, etc. I love kaymak! We visited Kaymakci Pando and though there was a language barrier between us and Pando, it helped that we learnt some Turkish words for the food and drinks we wanted. I wanted to try manda sutu but they only had inek sutu. Is manda sutu not as common? He's such a cute man. We also discovered Karakoy Oszut, a breakfast dive and made friends with the owner Hasan. His kaymak, menemen, and lentil soup are excellent too. We managed to cover pretty good ground there despite being only there 4-5 days over Thanksgiving but we will def be back to dig deeper. We loved walking along the cobblestone side streets...there was so much to explore.

We were pretty amused that everywhere we went, the Turks said to us "konnichiwa". We're Asians (I'm Malaysian and my husband is Singaporean but we reside in the States), so I guess the locals assumed we were Japanese because we looked Asian. It was pretty hilarious!

Robyn

Hi Teri -- I'm so glad to hear that! And I do hope you'll go back for more exploring.
We also tried to order buffalo milk while at Pando but they told us they don't ever have it anymore, bec all the milk is used for kaymak. (That menu on the wall is very old, they said).
I have heard others speak well of Karakoy Ozsut, so if we have a chance we'll check it out. I love menemen and lentil soup -- you can never know enough good versions.
Very funny about the "konnichiwa". TBH I don't think most Westerners can tell Asians apart. And Turks are quite often speaking to us in German, or trying to. When it comes to our nationality their first guess is *always* Almanya.

DriftersBlog

You are so right! I initially thought of pistachios, but hazelnuts? Not sure why, but that never really struck me as being from Turkey. However being a fan of all things hazelnut, I'm glad I read your post. I especially need to try the hazelnut baklava next time!

Olga@Delicious Istanbul

wow, this tel kadaif is seriously loaded with hazelnuts! I am inspired to immediately replicate it at my kitchen. And what a great way to balance sweetness ..with creaminess.

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