I am still mourning Istanbul and find that nothing on my plate equals the wonderful foods of Turkey. These are the things I miss most.
Fresh orange juice! If you walk around the streets near Galata Tower you can find many stalls selling a huge glass for 1 lira. I wished I had consumed several gallons.
Pistachio meatballs! I loved them at Hamdi, but liked them even better at Ocean's 7 in Sultanahmet.
Yogurt! Whatever we purchase here in the US bears little resemblance to the rich and flavorful yogurt we enjoyed in Turkey. We really appreciate Enigma's introducing us to the added pleasures of powdered sugar.
Tomatoes! They are better in Turkey. Probably because they are picked vine-ripe from all those huge tomato farms along the Lycean Coast and shipped over night to Istanbul.
Kaymak! I cannot believe I have never tasted this delicious substance before. For those unfamiliar, it is similar to clotted cream you might find in the UK, and completely unlike any dairy product we have in the US. Thank you Villa Rhapsody for serving that delicious cream along with an amazing quince.
Demerhindi! Enigma introduced us to this ancient Turkish drink. It reminds us of a soda we bought at the drug store fountain as children. It was called Ironport, and we have missed it most of our adult lives. Demerhindi is just as good. You can taste it yourself in the little coffee shop on the bottom floor of the new mall with the little spice bazaar on the bottom floor. Istilane Park?? I know that is not quite right, and I cannot find my journal. I believe we also enjoyed this beverage when we dined at the residence of the Governor of Egypt.
Kalibut Basti! This is my husband's new favorite dessert. Again, Enigma introduced us to this delicious dessert at his own dinner table. Now we have a recipe we are going to try to duplicate it here.
Apple Tea! OK I brought some home, but it does not taste quite the same in my breakfast corner as it did in tulip glasses in Turkey.
Salip! Brought some of that home as well. It is good once you kind of forget what it tasted like in Turkey.
Chicken! Chicken in the US just does not taste like chicken in Turkey where it is flavorful and tender. Perhaps it is a difference in the way poultry is raised?
Whatever sauce Canmom's husband Saban puts on his luncheon pasta. I ate it every day while we were at Hotel Canada and I could still eat it every day. Would he share the recipe?
I miss many more tastes of Turkey, but I have to stop because I am making myself too hungry.
What other tastes do you love?