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Follow a Food Route
Istanbul Eats was a food blog founded by a pair of American expats who were intrepid in their exploration of the Turkish food scene, going where few foreigners had gone before: tiny teahouses, tradesman’s cafeterias, and back-alley taverns, all in search of delicious eats. They expanded the blog to a guidebook and then food tours, which are now in a dozen other cities, from Beijing to Tbilisi. Now called Culinary Backstreets, Istanbul remains the heart of the operation, or rather, the stomach. Even if you are a picky eater reluctant to try anything you can’t pronounce, or an adventurous traveler who’d never deign to take a guided tour, you’ll find something worth getting out of your comfort zone on one of their food walks. They range from a three-hour “kebab krawl” to a full-day tour encompassing two markets on two continents.