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

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 4 September 2019

One of the many charms of Istanbul is that you still find lots of street vendors, also called hawkers, everywhere. They sell all kinds of merchandise or provide services like shining your shoes. It reminds me of my youth in the south of the Netherlands where I saw them selling sweets, or shoe shine, or sharpening… Read more »

Kumpir: Turkish baked potato

Posted on 5 August 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 »