It’s been cold and snowy enough that we haven’t ventured to any markets or larger supermarkets since arriving in Istanbul last Monday. Instead, we’ve been relying on the very small grocery store next door and, instead of meal-planning, I’ve mainly just been buying everything that looks even vaguely interesting and then improvising from there.
Believe it or not, it’s a post by Brian!
Turkish people seem to be very nice. When it comes to children, and especially little blondish children like Theo, they are very, very nice. Theo has gotten lots of head rubs, cheek pinches, and (on our second day in Istanbul), a package of cookies from a neighbor and a candy bar from a waitress within a ten-minute span.
We followed a fairly French attitude towards snacking even before visiting France. Since Theo left daycare, we’ve tried to give him just one snack a day, except for raw fruits and vegetables, which he can eat whenever he is hungry.
Trying to follow this snacking routine is immensely challenging in Turkey.
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!
In the last month or so, Theo has started taking pictures with the iPad. This is a heavily curated selection of the hundreds of photos he took of our apartment in Istanbul.
Mad About Children
About 98.8% of the Turkish population seemed to be mad about children – or at the very least, our little blond, smiley one. While this meant that Theo was given far more chocolate than we would have chosen, it was also an amazing gateway into conversations with random people, who would chat with Theo, chat with us adults, and pull out their phones to proudly display pictures of their own children or grandchildren.