I once created a cooking class, called 'Zen in the Kitchen'. Then wrote a book called the same. Then started the group with that name and the blog came after. All this happened in Turkish. Now is the time for the English version of it. Let's see what will cook here!

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Tourism Fair of Istanbul

Today is the second day of EMITT Tourism Fair in Istanbul. I was lucky to be there yesterday, on its first day. This is my favorite fair (although I don't like fairs, I try not to miss this one) because that's the place where you can see many tastes, colours and people from so many different regions. The western, eastern, southern, northern... Anatolia is a place where you can experience different life styles. Too much is happening day by day. Weddings, celebrations, mournings... And each one of it has different kind of food. I hold a 'kömbe' on my hand, which is a special pastry (lets say cookie) made for special occasions. For ex. a religious holiday is a time when kömbe is made. The one I'm having at this moment is from Osmaniye, a southern city in Turkey.

I wish I had more time to write more in English but I realized that traveling that much doesn't help when it comes to writing in a foreign language. I know readers want frequent changes in this kind of sites. It's more like a journal and I've realized that I don't use this blog as a journal since it needs real concentration. So for this time I'd like to offer the photos I took at the EMITT Fair where you can see dried chestnuts from Ayancik; a sandalwood ornament from Osmaniye; first green almonds from Datça; snowdrops from Poyrali, Kirklareli; narcissus flowers from Karaburun, Izmir; a sweet from Gümüshane; dolls from Batman... I hope to write more soon for the English speaking readers of this site. Have a good and springy day.


Anonymous said...

Merhaba, Tijen

I am just writing you a note to encourage you to continue posting in English. I know that posting in a foreign language is not an easy thing to do, and can be very time consuming too. I have enjoyed stumbling upon your website. And from it, I have found many more delightful Turkish food websites. The more the merrier, though, because the more information that can be accessed by non-Turks, the more people will be able to realize that Turkish food reigns as king in the world of food.

My Turkish is so rusty (and had never quite developed into fluency) that I need all the help I can get to try to recreate the tastes from when I lived in Ankara.

Afiyet olsun!

Anonymous said...

thanks for motivating me Yvonne!
and I'm glad you could reach other turkish sites through this one. you're right, I have to spend more time for my english blog and I'll do so when I get home. there is so much to tell about and definitely, I have to behave myself and not be so lazy about using my second language!