Cercis Murat Konagi
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Perfect Middle Eastern Delights
Mardin is one of the most famous historical cities in southeastern Turkey for very good reason. Specialized shops sell soap made from olive and almond oils, fresh sugar coated almonds among numerous other nut varieties, and of course typical Turkish trinkets. The architecture of the city makes one feel as though you're in an Indiana Jones film or simply just stepped back in time. Antique monasteries, churches and mosques share the ground of this small yet expansive city. The food is a massive highlight, as it's the most delicious cuisine I've had in Turkey. We were served Syraic wine in metal mugs, meze in mini metal spoons, and succulent lamb in an oversized wooden spoon with grilled quince on the side. Flavors range from Middle Eastern to Mediterranean, which is common in this country, however the robust flavors of regional olives, fresh herbs, special cheeses, seasonal vegetables and perfectly cooked lamb enticed us to the point of near paralysis. Thankfully we walked it off (slightly) uphill to the car. When in Mardin, eat at Cercis Murat's. You won't regret it!
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