You’d Think We Only Came on Vacation to Eat

Meredith and I scheduled 3 eating tours during our trip, the first of which was a street food tour on Friday night. It had been a cold but sunny day all day, until we stepped off the tram and found that it had clouded up, and then a few drops of water came down on our heads.

Unfortunately, within  a few minutes it was raining in earnest and continued until the tour was almost over. But, it was still a very yummy time that we had, as you will see. (Don’t quote me on the names–I may not have all of them right!)

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This is tantuni which is lavash bread with meat and coriander and cumin.

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Cooking the meat

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Our next restaurant was famous for its fish.

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Baby red mullet, eaten with greens and onions and tomatoes and lemon

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Mackerel

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Pide Salonu is kind of a Turkish pizza

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Spreading the meat mixture on the dough.

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And into the oven

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Baked perfection

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Thinned yogurt, a popular drink in Turkey

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Greens and tomatoes were put on top along with a squeeze of lemon. It seemed like we ate almost everything that night with greens and tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon. It’s quite wonderful actually! This was our favorite of the night, excluding the sweet things.

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Back out on the street, we stopped at this butcher shop which had chickens cooking outside

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It was so good–and bird flu free!

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We walked down this little street of restaurants on our way to the market

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The market was pretty typical for a non-asian market. Nothing too weird or unusual, except for this giant fish!

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For some reason, we stopped off at this church, so our guide could a light a candle.

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Mosaic lamps at night

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There were a lot of restaurants and stores in this very pretty structure.

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Smoking hookahs is a popular pastime, even with your children around! I was told they only contained tobacco with flavorings.

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Really big rings for sale in the market

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A pickle store! And it was our next stop.

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We were served a drink of pickle juice with pickled vegetables. We had no desire to drink this again!

Istanbul street food tour - 31 Istanbul street food tour - 32 I’m not that big of a fan of pickling, but the colors are pretty

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Back out on the street, we had this very mushy meat wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The taste wasn’t bad, but the texture was kind of repellant.

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However, we got pomegranate juice there, so I was happy!

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Such tidy stores!

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Lots of olives in Turkey

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The things hanging from the ceiling are dried vegetables. The purplish one is eggplant. Mostly these are just used for decoration now, but back in the day it was a major way to preserve vegetables. I think it was the next day that we had some of the eggplant that had been rehydrated and stuffed.

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More meat rolled up with tomatoes and greens and lemon in a different kind of bread

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Oh boy! It’s the sweet shop with Turkish delight samples.

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The store owner

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Pretty candies

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Besides candy and baklava, they also make Helva (which I don’t have a picture of–sorry!) which is made from ground up sesame seeds. They slice off slabs of it from a giant block and it will keep for a year! (And it tastes great!)

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Giant mound of filo dough

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More sweets

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sweet dough with honey and pistachio powder

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Don’t see chocolate pastries a lot, except for chocolate baklava (which is fabulous!)

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Back out on the street on the way to dessert.

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Yes, they do love their hookahs here.

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3 different kinds of pastries–traditional baklava with pistachios on the top left. The green ones are mostly made of pistachios and the ones on the right were made of shredded wheat and honey–this was my favorite one, I think.

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Can’t remember if this was apple tea or Turkish tea, but tea is always served in these cute hour glass shaped glasses.

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Time for us to go back to the hotel, but some people were still out working.

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The Blue Mosque at night.

Istanbul street food tour - 56And with Meredith in front!

Next post–the Spice Bazaar!

About DECRYPTKNIT: knitter on the loose in Shanghai

Hi, I'm Marisa Newhouse, a former pharmacist (for a brief time during the Reagan administration) who's real calling was probably anything that has to do with cooking, plants, literature and especially knitting; hence my last and favorite job, working at Woolyminded, a wonderful yarn store. But now, I have moved half a world away to Shanghai where my husband will be working. Lots of people are interested in what we will be doing here and I have always kept journals of our travels, so I thought I'd do it the modern way and keep a blog.
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