This post is a short “Hi, I am back!” post with lots of pictures. We are back from a short, fast week in Istanbul. It always goes in a vacuum and our heads spin in a million different directions. There are always a couple things I forget everytime I get on that plane in Istanbul. This time I forgot to eat kokorec and midye tava. I guess there is always next time.
I miss the old style shopping experience in Turkey. No one-stop big supermarket shopping, but rather gathering everything we need from small shops within a mile of our house from the people we have known a while. Bread from the bakery, flour, milk, eggs and dry goods from a small mom-and-pops type grocery store called “bakkal”, meat from the butcher, vegetables, cheese, olives, and other goods from our weekly market. This time I did not forget to visit our neighborhood’s farmer’s market which is called “pazar” in Turkish. It is set on the streets right behind our building every Friday, and in summer time, it can stretch a couple of miles. Due to the freezing weather and snow, this time it was a short stretch. I will have more pictures and recipes later. But first, wanna take a walk with me?