This was from a random outing in Germany. Although a lot of the city is pretty boring grey, we did find these more colorful apartments. Ashley really wanted to live in them.Thought this was brilliant for a tree stand. A cable ties the 5 hinged metal pieces together. Then a foot stand is used to tighten it. Put the tree in, step on the peddle, done!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
After lunch we got do dig out our desert. On the left is a quince which is boiled in sugar. In the centre is pistachio baklava. To the right is a turkish cake. Both on the left and right are topped with Calmic cream. All very yummy.
So with all that, and our stomaches turned upside down and all around. What a day!
Posted by Owen at 10:05 AM
So where were we? Right. Left the church. Next stop Tripe Soup! The tripe is on the left. In the middle is a garlic sauce thingy, and on the right is a spice mix.You mix em all together. Apparently this is really good for hang overs. I didn't think it was all that bad. Ashley only had one spoonful.
More food in the streets.
Stopped for some fried street food. You could get fish, muscles, and all kinds of things.
We got muscles, but almost forgot to take a photo. It came with a tarter sauce type thing.
Next stop was rather adventurous. Roasted lamb's head. This guy went to down with a clever on this thing. Not sure how many tourists have this as the whole shop came out to watch these "tourists" try their local delicacy.
The shop keeper really ensured he got everything out of that head. And I mean everything. Cheek, tongue, eyeballs, brains, the whole bit.
Again, looks like I'm at the Picasa limit, so there will be a part 3!
Posted by Owen at 9:23 AM
Friday, February 24, 2012
Something fantastic about Istanbul is the food. Ashley had a wonderful idea of going on a food tour. This was run through Istanbul Eats. Was a great way to get an intro to the food here. You can also really tell food is a massive part of the culture. Every block has at least one place to eat. The grocery stores are wonderful, produce stands everywhere, and very little low quality food in sight.
We got a bit lost which made us slightly late in getting to our 9:30am start. However we were greeted by a classic Turkish breakfast. This was no Italian espresso and cornetti. Nope. Eggs & sausage both done Turkish style. The best part was bread with honey and Calmik. Not sure of the spelling. It was somewhere between butter and whipping cream. Very yummy. Tea is obviously served with all this. Forgot to take the pictures before we ate it all.Next up was like Baklava, but not. It is the same pastry, but bot soaked in sugar or honey. The cake looking one is soaked in water and some egg added. A sort of morning lasagna.
Posted by Owen at 1:25 PM