Kuruçeşme, Kuruçeşme Mahallesi, Serdivan/Sakarya, Turkey
Sweet MemoriesTurkish delight, or lokum as it is called in Turkish, has a long history as a treat, dating back to at least the end of the eighteenth century and once a prized gift among the nobles of Europe. Turkish delight may have declined in popularity (at least outside of Turkey), but Zeynep Keyman is on a mission to restore the reputation of the Ottoman sweet, through her store Lokum Istanbul in Kuruçeşme. Her hand-crafted lokum comes in uncommon flavors—rose, mandarin, and fig and walnut—and is packaged in elegant tasseled boxes with a black-and-white Ottoman toile design. Her fascination with the Ottoman era extends to fragrances too, with colognes and candles scented with jasmine, lime, and linden blossoms.
Take flight on Turkish Airlines newest route, from Miami to Istanbul, beginning this month.