Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Kumpir: Turkish baked potato

Posted on 24 May 2019

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Kumpir is the Turkish name for a baked potato with various fillings. It is one of my favorite fast foods in Istanbul. They are made with big – I mean really big – potatoes that are wrapped with foil and baked in special ovens. The potatoes are cut straight down the middle… Read more »

Turks drink most tea in the world

Posted on 23 April 2019

Not in China, nor in the United Kingdom people drink most tea in the world, but in Turkey. No less than 3.16 kg per person per year. Tea is part of Turkish culture. Offering a glass tea to any stranger and all guests is a traditional token of Turkish hospitality. Most restaurants offer tea for… Read more »

Spicy vegetarian snack: çiğ köfte

Posted on 3 April 2019

Most friends look at me with suspicion when I introduce them to an unfamiliar kind of Turkish snack, çiğ köfte, and translate it into English: seasoned raw meatballs. You see them thinking: ‘no raw meat for me, because that has been sitting around in the sun breeding bacteria; I don’t want to spoil the rest… Read more »

Boza, an Ottoman fermented ‘milkshake’

Posted on 28 January 2019

Photos  ©  Slawomira Kozieniec The strangest tasting drink I had in Turkey? Defenitely ‘Boza’. A kind of ‘milkshake’ type of drink without milk. The taste is between sour and sweet. It is a malt drink made from fermented wheat in Turkey, maize (corn) and wheat in Albania, and wheat or millet in Bulgaria and Romania…. Read more »

Lokma, hot & ultra sweet Ottoman snack

Posted on 1 January 2019

Photos © Slawomira Kozieniec During the cold winter months I see all kinds of warm street snacks popping up in Istanbul. Lokma is one of them. The Turkish word lokma means ‘mouthful’ or ‘morsel’. Just recently a couple of young men started to sell these lokma tatlısı (deep fried dough balls), soaked in sugar syrup in… Read more »