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Afiyet Olsun! Eating Across Turkey

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I love food. I love Turkey. And I especially love Turkish food! I'm collecting tastes across the land, one meal at a time. Afiyet olsun!
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Yüzüncüyıl Mh., 85112. Sok. 87/A, 01170 Çukurova/Adana, Turkey
Many will tell you Adana kebab is the best kebab in Turkey, a country known for its kebabs. Also referred to as Kıyma kebabı, this specialty is comprised of male lamb meat, minced by hand, red peppers, and fat from the tail. The lamb must be...
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Suyabatmaz Mh. Şehitler Cd. Eski Buğday Pazarı No :21, Suyabatmaz Mahallesi, Elmacı Pazarı Civarı, 27000 Şahinbey/Gaziantep, Turkey
Known for its strong coffee, Turkey offers an array of coffee houses old and new to pass the time and gain an energy boost. Tahmis Kahvesi has been in existence since 1635, though the original building was damaged by mulitple fires. The current...
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Şar Mahallesi, 1. Cadde No:517, 47100 Artuklu/Mardin, Turkey
Cercis Murat Konağı, or Cercis Murat Mansion, offers a simply delightful dining experience. Though it's more pricey than most places in the region, it is not to be missed. Start with a tray of appetizers, served as a scoop in deep metal spoons....
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Cemalpaşa Mahallesi, Toros Caddesi Bahadır Apt. D:No.34/B, 01120 Seyhan/Adana, Turkey
Available at büfes across Turkey, banana milk is essentially a banana smoothie-- but so much better! Typical ingredients include bananas, milk, honey, almonds, and cinnamon, blended with ice. It's the perfect nutritious treat on a hot Adana day,...
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Caferağa Mahallesi, Güneşli Bahçe Sk. No:43, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
One afternoon, I dragged my travel companions—a German, a Turk, and two New Yorkers—to Kadıköy, a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, to dine at Çiya. Everyone was cranky and hungry by the time we found it, but I knew the...
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Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, 34437 Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
Warm, fragrant, and filling, these borek are typical Turkish quick eats. They can be stuffed with either ground spiced meat (occasionally with black currents and/or pine nuts) or a cheese and parsley mix. They are enjoyed best fresh out of the...
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Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Kemankeş Cd., 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
by Sylvia Kouvali The best restaurant in the area is run by the sweetest owners, Oral Kurt and Aylin Okutan, and is rooted in the tradition of simple food and refined service. The Ottoman and Turkish menu includes dishes likehünkar beğendi, a meat...
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Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
by Sylvia Kouvali The neighorhood’s best bakery is across the street from istanbul"Rodeo. They make goodlahmacun, something between an unrolled pita and a thin-crust pizza. Thepides, pizza-like baked breads, are also excellent.Lüleci Hendek Cd....
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Kuloğlu Mh. Koca Ağa Sk, Kuloğlu Mh., No:10, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
For a unique and eye opening experience have your coffee fortune read during your stay in Turkey. Not only will you learn about your future, but you'll also be on a caffeine high from the strong Turkish coffee that is served. Wander into the back...