While we’ve found good food everywhere, Turkish food is my favorite cuisine of our trip thus far: so many fresh, flavorful veggie-friendly dishes.
Here is what we ate on Saturday!
We had breakfast at Café Privato. As shown below, there were approximately a million dishes, including fruit preserves, clotted cream, honey, eggs, pancakes, pastries, cheese, and olives. An amazing mix of sweet and savory. Heaven.
For the second Saturday in a row, we took the ferry to Kadikoy, hung out at the Yoğurtçu Parkı playground, and then had lunch at Çiya. Their menu rotates (daily I think), and many of the dishes are “lost” traditional foods from the area. I’m not remembering exactly what we ate (I tried to reference the menu online, but google translate is referring to a bulgar-based dish as “tightening meatballs” so I gave up). Regardless, it was all super tasty. Last time we visited, we had candied eggplant with clotted cream for dessert, and it was marvelous.
For dinner, we stayed in and cooked – which, even though this post suggests otherwise, is what we do for most meals. I’m still trying out the less-familiar-to-me items that I can grab at the nearby grocery store, and I made a kind of “börek burrito” with yufka (kind of like a huge, thin tortilla), caramelized onions, gorgonzola, and apples. Probably not traditional in any sense, but still yummy.