On our last day in Turkey, we met up with my boyfriend’s friend from university who lives in Karakoy, a commercial neighborhood in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul.
But first we stopped by one of the many fishing boats along the Bosphorus and picked up some fish sandwiches “balik ekmek”, one Istanbul’s favourite fast food.
So simple but so delicious: fresh grilled mackerel with onion on a crusty bun. Loved it!
We took the ferry across the Bosphorus to the European side, such a beautiful day for a ride out on the water. Karakoy was a lovely change of pace from the old city – a bit more relaxed and less chaotic, more of a European feel. We wandered through downtown Karakoy and then down a pretty pathway by the water, stopping along the way for a beer and some shisha.
We had “kokorec” – a lamb intestine sandwich for lunch – his favourite food and I can see why! Soft and spicy with a bit of crunch, I enjoyed every bite.
Even the ice cream is amazing in Turkey! Cherry, honey cream (wow, what a delicious flavour) and Italian caramel, shaped into a flower just because.
We met up with his wife and they took us out for an incredible dinner at their favourite local restaurant. Up on a rooftop we drank lots of Raki, and ate raw meat sandwiches “cig kofte”, spicy eggplant and tomatoes with pomegranate and walnut – such a feast!
But the highlight of the meal were the lamb ribs. Tender and spicy with crispy skin, these ribs were one of the tastiest foods we had the whole trip. We have for sure polished off a whole lamb while traveling in Turkey! Such a lovely way to end our trip, with good company and good food.
We went back on the ferry and walked across the Galata Bridge, admiring Istanbul with all the mosques lit up at night. Thank you Turkey for such an amazing adventure! Everyone we met was so nice and helpful, I loved learning about your culture and your history, and of course, I loved eating all your delicious food! One day I will come back…