Food, saffron, wandering
17.02.2010 40 °F
Istanbul is a foodie place. But, where, what? All around us is food. We came for food. We crave the different. We read up on it. Now walking around we are hard put to decipher the enormous offerings.
We had roasted chestnuts. That was easy. Now we have tried kebabs, and meatballs, twice! We have tried humus and stuffed grape leaves. We have tried beer and wine. Each time we leave a place the neighboring restuaranteer is out exorting us to try his place.
Time to search out some street food. Cheaper, easy to eat a small amount and thus try more.
Last night went in search of La-mahn-cun - a Turkish pizzalike thing in the Tophane area, but I think it was too late and we ended up listening to music and peoplewatching in Balo street.
Today it is no restaurants, just fast cheap food. Maybe find those bun burgers(?) as noted by Anthony Bourdain. This sort of quest needs an instant response to the situation. Walking by, there it is, eat it. Do not get full, move on.
Carol bought some saffron last night. We do not know saffron from a hole in the ground. Just from Wickopedia. Saffron is interesting.
This only cost us 5TL for a small bag. Turkish saffron. They also had Iranian and Spanish saffron, which both are betterand went up in price and down in quantity. Like a very small breath mint size box. Maybe it is "curiously stronger".
Monday in the spice market our first encounter with saffron where it was 20L a gram!!! The fellow weighed it out on a scale like it was drugs. A small amount of fluff.
Saffron rice, with paella. That is my experience in the (distant) past with saffron.
We bought a couple evil eye pendants also. I told Carol I would affix one to my right shoulder since she usually walks on my right side, then I would be protected.