A Visit to the Vineyards of Sirince, Turkey
In my previous article Discovering Izmir, Turkey: A European Vacation, I discussed our trip to beautiful Izmir. During our stay in Izmir we visited several nearby cities including Sirince, Troy, Canakkale, Bodrum, and Kusadasi. The focus of this article will be on the wonderful day we spent in the ancient Sirince wine village.
How to Make Turkish Coffee
Back in the day, people had much more time on their hands to spend on earthly pleasures like coffee because work wasn't too demanding. They actually found the time to heat their coffee over charcoal for more than half an hour back then! Well, although that luxury is no longer prevalent in today's society, real coffee connoisseurs can still tell whether a cup of Turkish coffee is properly made or not.
Baklava is a very sweet and delicious dessert - and one that goes perfect with a strong espresso coffee. Whilst this is a popular dessert here in Turkey, it is also popular elsewhere, the Bulgarians claim it as Bulgarian and the Greeks also claim it as Greek!
There are many variations of this recipe and this is my own version which seems just about right. This may not be the easiest to prepare recipe, but it is truly worth the effort ... enjoy!
A Non-Turk's Review of Yeni Raki, a Traditional Drink
I am one of those strange people who can go on what I like to call "intellectual kicks." I get something in my head and then I devour books, television shows, internet pages, and magazine articles on that subject until I flop down, sated, like an overfed walrus.
Turkey’s National Tipple: Raki
Turkey’s favourite alcoholic drink is the rocket fuel known as Raki and often dubbed ‘the lions punch’ (aslan sütü) because of its strong alcohol content. Such is its popularity that Turks drink around 60 million litres a year. It is quaffed at mealtimes and as a stand alone drink and many Turkish homes distill their own blend of Raki, which is best described as a clear brandy similar to Greek ouzo, Bulgarian Mastika and French pastis.