Turkish lifestyle revolves around their love of food and conversation. Next to French and Chinese, Turkish Cuisine is the third best in the world, that is if you are au fait in what to eat. There are recipes dating back as far as the 15th and 16th centruies and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables makes a very tasty repast. Although, in certain areas you only eat certain things, and to generalise, this is what you can expect in the restaurants in your resort.
A typical meal out in Turkey will normally start with a vast selecting of hors d’oeuvres (meze). These are brought to the table for you to choose from and consist of stuffed or pureed aubergines, stuffed peppers, octopus, stuffed vine leaves, yoghurt, squid, sea weed, böreks (filo pastry stuffed with meat or cheese) and so the list continues. But even the most discerning tourist will find something to satisfy their liking. Bread is normally complimentary but forget the butter. As they produce a fine quality of olive oil they drive their saturated fats from this, so salads consisting of just lettuce tomatoes, cucumber and onions will be dressed in this oil served with a wedge of lemon on the side. One thing to remember is that after meze is served it will be followed by fish, meat or pasta so do not get carried away with the first course. ıf you decide on fish you will be shown the fresh catch of the day and then asked to take your pick. It’s then weighed and priced and cooked to your taste which can be fried... Calamary, Shrimp, Swordfish Turbot, Bluefish or Trout, these can either be simply charcoaled, grilled or turned into an exotic stew whichever you prefer. If you choose meat you may go for a Kebab, which is cooked on a skewer with peppers and onions. Meat generally tends to be lamb and tastes great.
To finish off your meal you must try some Turkish Delights from the dessert tray. If you have a sweet tooth go for Baklava, or Künefe, both smothered in a gooey sweet syrup.. simply delicious. If you wish to save the calories go for the abundance of fresh fruit on offer, the time of the season will determine what is available to you.
As with all meals, nothing finishes it off better than a cup of coffee. Turkish Coffee definitely has an acquired taste. It is served plain, medium, sweet or very sweet in a demi tasse cup... a spoon is not required as all ingredients are included.