Turkey

There are all kinds of cool food related anthropological/archaeological discoveries being made these days. This is exciting. Turkey is one of the few domesticated animals that actually originated in North America. Marc Forgione notwithstanding, he won The Next Iron Chef competition by preparing a Thanksgiving dinner with no turkey. He claimed that turkey was not […]

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Virgil on October 1, 2012

If you get the idea that Lynn and I are obsessed with Turkish breakfasts, you would be right. See, Breakfast at Halikarnas Restaurant, Egirdir, Turkey, and this won’t be the last post about breakfast. The Urkmez Hotel is in the heart of Selcuk, mostly known as the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, the […]

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Virgil on September 22, 2012

We spent a few days in Selcuk, Turkey, in July. This is the busiest time of the year and Selcuk is a center for seeing some fantastic sights, such as the ancient city of Ephesus. I don’t recommend coming here in July, mainly because the main destinations like Ephesus are packed with tourists, especially the […]

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Virgil on September 6, 2012

When I was a kid, I remember eating red pistachios. They tasted great, but you got red stains all over your hands and mouth, including a red tongue. I never thought twice about it. When I went to Turkey the first time in the late 1970s, there were these great tasting nuts that looked a […]

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Virgil on September 2, 2012

The restaurant we had this dish at was wonderful and will be reviewed separately. The stuffed carp dish is posted on its own because it is a regional speciality and we weren’t overly impressed with it. I don’t want this one dish to detract from the overall restaurant review. Lake Egirdir is a huge (and […]

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Virgil on August 26, 2012

Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote […]

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Virgil on August 23, 2012

One would expect to find Turkey relatively devoid of alcohol, it being an Islamic country. But it is not. Lots of people drink here. I knew Islamic fundamentalists 30 years ago in Turkey and they all drank. I am not sure how they justify it as it is against Islam, but many certainly do. They […]

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Virgil on August 15, 2012

Lynn and I recently spent a couple of weeks in Turkey. I had spent some nine months there in the late 70s-early 80s. Turkey has some of the best food in the world and there will be a number of posts about the trip. Let’s start with Turkish pides, what I call their pizzas. You […]

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Virgil on August 14, 2012

At Tanor Al Deera Five Maudies – highly recommended One of the traditional foods found in the Kuwait souks, in addition to the ever present schwarma, is manakish, or what I call Kuwaiti style pizza. It seems that many places in the Arab and Mediterranean world have something that resembles what Americans would call pizza. Turkey has […]

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Virgil on July 27, 2012

I just got back to Kuwait from a trip to Turkey and the contrast in fast food restaurants between the two countries, as well as the United States, is startling. I always thought that the United States was the fast food capital of the world and have always been ashamed that one of the main […]

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