28.01.2010 3 °C
Only three days, and Turkey has left my belly satisfyingly enriched. Turkish pancakes, spicy hummus, roasted eggplant, lamb kebabs, cucumber yogurt, sweet sweet baklava... the list goes on and on. And my belly would go on and on, if I did not distract it with things other than food. In that pursuit, today was a slow beginning...
Midmorning fish sandwich anyone?
Grilled fresh off the docks: fish fillet, fresh bread, salad, onions, lemon juice and salt, 4 lira (bones included)
Luckily, after a 20 minute ferry ride across the Bosphorus, the nearby New Mosque held the promise of mind and body enrichment, minus the calories. Arriving shortly after the midday prayer, we were free to enter, after shoes were removed and hair was covered.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for us, the Spice Bazaar is conveniently located directly behind the New Mosque. Looking for mounds of spices in all flavours and colours, we immediately zeroed in on the heaps of sugar-coated Turkish delights, mountains of honey-soaked baklava (ok, hills, maybe), and piles of crystallized candied fruit. Well. So long waistline! Hello morsel of happiness!
Body = definitely enriched.
Pants beware! I cannot be held responsible for what I ingest.