April 22, 2012

A Culinary Walk Through Istanbul


Sleet is falling and it's well below zero, but the guide for our culinary walking tour is waiting as arranged outside the Spice Market at Eminonou. 

People come to Istanbul for many reasons, such as the history and the art, but for me, this time anyway, it's all about the food. And what better way to make some new discoveries and tread some new back streets than under the guidance of an expert? 

Istanbul Eats' culinary walking tours are designed so you can experience an Istanbul that tourists rarely can, and we have been warned to come with empty stomachs. Its website also provides the most up-to-date information about dining in Istanbul, from street snacks to fine meals at top restaurants. 

Our lovely American guide, Megan, made the city her home many years ago and speaks the language well. Our small group of six sets off, not to the Spice Market as expected, but to the surrounding streets. 

Megan explains that, sadly, it is more a general bazaar now, rather than the glorious food market I remember from past visits. However, all around it we find a fascinating array of food stores, all specialising in something different. 

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