Food and Travel
Turkey is a magical place to live. It is a country where east and west literally meet. Straddling Europe and Asia, it is the only country in the world to rest upon two continents. It is also a place of contrasts: ancient and modern, conservative and progressive, past and present. As an expat living in Istanbul, every day is an adventure. Join me as I explore the abundant natural resources and rich history of this amazing country.
Bordering the Aegean Sea, Alaçatı is located in the Izmir Province on the Çeşme Peninsula. The village is known for its old stone homes, cobblestone streets and iconic windmills.
Buldan, Turkey is located in the Aegean Region and has historically been one of the most important textile centers in the country. Today, the city is well-known for handmade textiles.
Çeşme, Turkey is the fountain of the Aegean coast. Located just 8 kilometers from the Greek island of Chios, the city is known for its marina, beautiful beaches and crystal clear water.
Denizli, called the gateway to the Aegean, Central Anatolian and the Mediterranean regions, is located in Turkey’s Aegean region. With a population of over 500,000, Denizli is best known for luxurious bath towels.
Istanbul, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is Turkey’s most populus city and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. It has been the capital city for Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Inhabited for more than 8,000 years, today it is home to more than 15 million people. Istanbul is a city where East and West literally meet. It is also a place of contrasts: ancient and modern, conservative and progressive, past and present.
Gaziantep, with a history dating back to the 4th century BC, is home to many historic and archeological treasures including Gaziantep Fortress, the Ravanda Citadel and the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.
Malatya is located in the Eastern Anatolian Region of Turkey. The fertile plains of Malatya yield fresh produce, cotton, rice and tobacco. The city is famous for the production of fresh and dried apricots.
Selimiye, Turkey is an Aegean fishing village well-known for traditional wooden boat building. The waterfront promenade is dotted with small bars, quaint restaurants and boutique hotels.
Şile, Turkey is resort town located on the Black Sea coast in the Istanbul Province. Sile’s expansive beaches are a popular summer destination for residences of Istanbul looking to escape the heat of summer.
Turkish cuisine is difficult to define. The food is a combination of Mediterranean, Central Asian and Caucasian Cuisine with some Arabic influences. Each region has distinct historical, environmental and climatic characteristics. These differences have influenced the produce cultivated, the livestock that is reared and the local food culture itself. As an aggregate, these factors have shaped the regional cuisines of Turkey.
Baked goods, as we know them today, would not exist without wheat and wheat flour. Archeological and genetic research indicates that all modern wheat originated from the area surrounding Mount Karadağ located in Turkey’s Anatolian Region.
Beverages | Içkiler
Beverages common to Turkish cuisine include ayran (a salted yoghurt drink), coffee and tea. Furthermore, Turkish tea is considered by many to be the national drink. Typical alcoholic beverages include beer, wine and rakı (an anise flavored drink).
Dairy | Mandıra
Dairy plays a vital role in Turkish cuisine. 90% of the milk produced is cow milk. The balance comes from goat, sheep and buffalo. 60% of the annual milk supply in the country is used to produce cheese and yoghurt.
Fruit & Vegetables
Turkey, home to the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, has a rich agricultural history that dates back to the prosperity of ancient Mesopotamia. Despite it’s relative size, Turkey is the seventh largest agricultural producer worldwide.
Meat, Seafood, Poultry
Meat, seafood and poultry are an important part of Turkish Cuisine. Although Turkish cuisine may be best known for kebab, meat is traditionally utilized sparely.
Nuts | Çerez
Nuts play an important cultural and economic role in Turkey. With millions of native trees, the country is known to be one of the oldest nut producing countries in the world. Nuts are featured in everything from savoury meat dishes to desserts.
Turkish culture has undergone an immense change over the last century. Prior to the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the Ottoman Empire was multi-ethnic state. In the Ottoman Empire, residents retained separate ethnic and religious identities. Unlike the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Republic adopted a policy in which residents accepted one national and one cultural identity. As result, the culture today includes a spectrum of traditional and modern values.