Spice Market in the Grand Bazaar Istanbul

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

spice marketThe Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is a maze of endless shops selling handbags, leather, clothing, household goods, gold and of course spices. My friends and I walked into this shop and was greeted by a friendly gentleman who took his time and explained the various spices to us. He was a great salesman and both my friend and I bought a full bag of spices, tea, dried fruit and turkish delight. My purchases came to $50.

spices - grand bazaar

The spices were so fresh and I found the Indian spices to be of better quality that what I buy at home. I purchased a mild chill powder from the several that they had for sale and turkish saffron. I also bought a few types of herbal and fruit tea that was essentially dried turkish fruit.

Grand Bazaar - dried fruitDried turkish fruit. I got a tropical mix that included pineapple, mangoes, coconut and some green apple.

turkish delight

I was prompted to try a sample of Turkish delight even though I originally refused because I normally don’t like it. I was so amazed at how delicate and intricate the flavours were and ended up buying a couple pieces of each flavour.

Ramazan shop is located at Terziler Sok, No.22 Kapalicars, Beyazit – IST, Turkey in the Grand Bazaar. Tel: 0212 511 82 18, http://www.ramazancanbaz.com.

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Turkish Street Food

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Istanbul

Istanbul is full of street food and their food is similar to Greece. These bakery carts are all over and sell a round bagel like bread that is very airy. They are plain tasting but easy to get everywhere and cost twenty five cents.

roasted corn

Roasted corn is also everywhere and very cheap from fifty to seventy five cents. When I asked this man if I could take his photo, he insisted that I be in it.

Istanbul

This has got to be the coolest street food. You pick your flavours and they roll up the candy on a stick right in front of you.

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