July 17, 2015

AN INSIDERS GUIDE: THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL

Luxury Launches and Istanbul’s Grand Tarabya Hotel, of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio, have specially crafted an itinerary for all our globe trotters this season. Of course, this itinerary covers all aspects of your favourite Turkish destination; think dining, shopping and exploring some of the most well-known secrets of this bustling city. 

But more about the city- with its historical peninsula, numerous scenic and historical beauties, Istanbul is a magnificently unique city that has been capital to many civilizations from past to present and still continues to be home to residents from all over the world. 

Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, and throughout this vibrant city, you’ll find traditional and religious landmarks happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. 


Must Try Dish: The Meze

The best dish is arguably the Meze – a selection of traditional Middle Eastern and Turkish savoury dips. The mezesare is usually placed at the middle of the table and shared. Toasted bread complements the various dishes. This is aherbivore centric meal.

The meze platter consists of a variety of dips, the recommended ones are:
* Chili Tomato Paste (Ezme)
* Grilled Eggplants with Yogurt (Patlıcan Ezmesi)
* Grilled Eggplant Salad (Patlıcan Salatası)
* Fried Eggplant with Tomato Sauce (Şakşuka)
* Mint Yogurt Dip (Haydari)
* Pinto Beans (Barbunya)
* Artichoke (Zeytinyağlı Enginar)

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