/Istanbul Wrap Up

Istanbul Wrap Up


Three days in Istanbul rounded out a month of traveling in Turkey. The objective of this extended layover was clear: to get some writing and editing done in the silence of my 16th floor hotel room in Pera, nothing to distract me but the Istanbul skyline. Things didn’t work out exactly according to plan. Predictably, I was tempted out of my room with the prospect of delicious meals. Things got off to a bad start when my friend Emre dropped me off at the hotel and said, “You should check out Sisore next door. After a night of drinking in Beyoğlu, we always go there to eat mercimek çorbası.” Lentil soup happens to be one of my favorite things, a thin pure served with a wedge of lemon. I will eat it any time, in any weather. And lucky for me, Turks eat hot soup in the summertime. It’s fantastic.

I made it to Sisore twice, once for soup and pide (Black sea style pizzas), and another for a pow wow with the creators or Istanbul Eats. We shared et kavurma (stir fried beef) with rice, chick peas in broth, sarma (stuffed grape leaves) with yogurt, and tel kadayif (shredded dough stuffed with nuts).

Other meals included köfte and bean salad at Ali Baba Köftecisi in Arnavutköy, liver kebabs at Canım Ciğerim, and a mezes and meat feast at Yusuf Usta’nın Yeri. I did manage to get some work done, but certainly not as much as I would have had I not been in a food coma for 3 days. Story of my life.

2016-01-13T10:34:28+00:00 September 6th, 2009|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine|4 Comments


  1. janie September 6, 2009 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    It’s been wonderful hearing about your travels and the food-thank you Katie!

  2. Lola September 6, 2009 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Mmmmmm, mercimek çorbası! That’s what I had every other meal during a wonderful summer vacation spent in a seaside villa in Dikili, north of İzmir several years ago.

    You brought the memory back and now I am dreaming of that Monarch butterfly-turquoise sea-olive tree heaven all over again.

    Thank you!

  3. eru September 7, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I have a question for you. Did you have breakfast in Turkey? Not that I am complaining or anything but havent seen any review about breakfasts. Did you skip breakfasts after those long nights?

  4. Katie September 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Yes I had breakfast in Turkey! Regardless of the hour, it was always the first meal of the day. I could go for some bal ve kaymak right now come to think of it…Acutally I planned to write a post about kahavalti but the photos I took for the post did not come out well. I’ll see what I can do in photoshop.

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