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Türk Gıda

July 11, 2011

Also known as Turkish Food! (Google translate, you rock my world) And we can’t talk about Turkish food without a gratuitous Efes photo!

We’ll start with breakfast.  Every morning for breakfast we had bread, olives, jam, tomatoes, cheese, cucumbers and tea.  Another plus of traveling in Turkey is that every single place we stayed at provided free breakfast!  And it was always a good breakfast, as you can see:

Dinner can vary quite a bit depending on where whether it is provided by the place you’re staying or whether you go to a restaurant.  About half the places we stayed provided dinner and those dinners were always the best.  Here’s dinner at the Shambala in Kabak (our absolute most favorite place):

A dish typical to the area we were traveling was stew baked in a clay pot.  The top of the pot is sealed and then they hack off the top of the pot by the table when they serve the stew.  Here is seafood stew that I ordered in Dalyan:

And here’s the kitty that really hoped I would share my stew with her (I did):

There was also lots of Turkish delight to be had.  As you can see on the signs (which are all in English, not Turkish), you can tell who they’re marketing to!

We stopped at Saklikent Gorge for lunch, which is basically a teeny tiny opening in the mountains where a river is running and they’ve turned it into a huge tourist trap (although as far as tourist traps go, it was actually pretty cool).  You follow a bridge/path/walkway into the gorge and then you can go down by the water, take photos, etc.  The daring can also brave the water, cross to the other side, and hike up a little ways.  There were some guides helping people cross the water, which was hip-deep, murky, rocky, and running extremely quickly; Nate decided to cross and I stayed behind with our bags and the camera.  Nate made it across just fine, and in the meantime I entertained myself by watching other tourists try to cross.  At least three people lost a shoe and a British lady almost got swept away.  It was quite the spectacle.

Anywho, afterwards we had fresh trout for lunch, sitting on a platform suspended over the river.  Some of the platforms were kind of rickety and I think I asked Nate what we would do if our platform got swept away at least two or three times.  Regardless, it was a very tasty lunch!

Another popular Turkish dish is gozele, or Turkish pancakes.  They are kind of like crepes, except three times as big and even better.  Before they serve the pancakes they fold them over on themselves two or three times, and they are still just as big as a plate:This particular pancake was filled with potatoes, onions, cheese, and I think some meat.  It was so yummy.  Then we had a chocolate filled pancake for dessert!  I miss the food in Turkey so much… and I haven’t even talked about the baklava, which was fantastic, by the way.

Here are links to other Just Eat It travel posts:

Soon I’ll be able to add Colombia to the list, as that is where I am soon traveling to for work!  I will stuff myself with arepas and whatever other yummy food they have, and hopefully get some nice pictures too!

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