Discover the Ottoman Cuisine in Istanbul

This is a very special cuisine with different delicacies by its starters, soups, main dishes and deserts. The Ottoman cuisine is a very unique cuisine which combines sour and sweet sometimes. For example, tomato entered into the Ottoman cuisine in late 1800s and before that meat dishes were cooked by fruits like plumps. If you find yourself in Istanbul make sure to visit a restaurant which is specialised on the Ottoman cuisine. I can advise you a historical restaurant from my own experience which is named Haci Abdullah in the İstiklal street, Beyoğlu. I visited this restaurant last month and I can recommend you to try. You will come across with big various pickles jars and compotes of   varied fruits at the entrance. We had  “kuzu incik”     Lamb shank (kuzu incik) requires long cooking time. Chefs marinate the lamb shanks in milk mixed with the garlic cloves and rosemary preferably overnight. It is cooked with potatoes, carrot, onion, thyme, rosemary, paprika, bay leaves and peppercorns in  a pot about 4 hours. It is a very popular dish in Turkey.

Second dish we ordered was “kuzu tandir” again by lamb meat cooked tediously in special oven served with the Ottoman pilav (rice). This Ottoman pilav is very rich with its ingredients. It contains dried raisins, dried apricots, walnuts, almond  and pinenuts which is used in Turkish olive oiled vegetable cooking, and the pilav enriched by cinnamon and black pepper. You can see the both dishes in the pictures. And don’t forget to eat plump or any other fruit compote after meal. Try it you won’t regret and prices are reasonable.

ISTANBUL AT A GLIMPSE

Istanbul is the best located city in the world with easy connections and  short distances to Europe, North Africa and Middle East in all sides. Its location makes it a good short city break escapes. You can see the old town and historical buildings in 2-3 days. It was originally built on the European side, on the historical peninsula called “Sarayburnu” surrounded by the city walls, by being capital to three European empires. There’s one thing real , this unique beauty deserves to be enjoyed.

The view of the Sarayburnu Peninsula (old town of Istanbul) from the opposite side, Üsküdar. From this point with a good angle you can picture the historical penisula with the Blue Mosque, The Topkapi Palace and The Hagia Sophia sylyhuets on it, and also the Maiden Tower and The Galata Tower on another opposite hill on the same shot, which is very mysctical and unique scenery indeed.

The Maiden Tower, you can take boat transfers from Üsküdar province.You can go to Üsküdar station from in Sarayburnu Penisula by Marmaray  metro line which goes under the sea in two three minutes, by your Istanbulcard which costs you to own 3-4 eur.

The Galata Tower where from the first flight is experienced by made up wings of a human Hazerfen Ahmet Celebi. You can find more about the history of the tower. You can go there either by entering streets from Karaköy coast and climb or you can go there from the Istiklal Street in Beyoglu, Taksim.

Islands of Istanbul from the air. Büyükada, Kinaliada, Burgazada and Heybeliada all have regular boat transfers and all are vivid with inhabitants lives in them.
The Hagia Sophia Museum, an architectural wonder dates back to nearly 1500 years. It is located on the Sarayburnu penisula, Sultanahmet Square.
Karaköy is a cozy and popular place with its art galeries, ateliers, street arts and cafes. You can find the entellectual life nowadays, previously is was known with its banks and historical office blocks.

Churches, synagogues and mosques are next to each other in Istanbul where you can see in older neighbourhoods.

One of the Bosphorus neighbourhoods with lovely wooden houses. Here is one of the back streets of the Emirgan hill (Resitpasa, Emirgan). At the end of the street you’ll come to see the sea of the Istanbul’s Bosphor, and a down walk will take you to coast like many streets of those areas.

I couldn’t add the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace Museum’s pictures, and many other important buildings. I will try to add them in the upcoming days. And please don’t judge Istanbul  by its people, there’s a huge tourist flow and migration. Despite its over population the public transfers by the sea, under sea, ground, and underground are very well contected and safe. You can save your time by using public transports. Stay well!

 

 

 

Ba Na Hills, Sunworld, Da Nang

Ba Na Hills is half an hour to Da Nang center, wonderful view all way up to hills which lasts nearly half an hour by these  cable cars.

Cable car transfers to Golden Bridge

Up there waits you a medieval French town with many eateries and shops. Every corner you will come across to a street show or concert.

The day I visited it was foggy, and rained a bit, but if you are lucky enough to visit on a clear sky the scenery would be better😉

Ha Long Bay

 

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Here is Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. You can go there from Da Nang city by car which takes a 3 hours drive. Tours transfer you from your hotel to Ha Long Bay, you spend lovely 2-3 nights in a boat with exclusive cuisine and see the surroundings and caves.

Welcome to My Idyllic World

Hello,

I would like to share my experiences and pictures with my readers in my blog. I can define myself as a world traveller. I travelled more than 30 countries, and have been living abroad due to business and family issues, since today i have lived in Serbia, Estonia, Russia and currently in Vietnam. Traveling is a way of my life for nearly 10 years. I love to catch picture of cultures by exploring market places and public transports. I always try to learn about food products and cuisine of places. I am fascinated by our world gifted us and will continue my travels as I can do.