Posts Tagged ‘Istanbul’

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Shikidim Restaurant

April 26, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

During our two week vacation in Istanbul in January, we developed a love of Turkish food. (For me, it is now my number one “comfort food.”) Upon our return to Dubai we began searching for Turkish restaurants, looking for the same great food we found in Istanbul.

We had previously visited Ankara Restaurant on the corniche, but did not know what to order. Now, we are wiser. The waiter seemed delighted that we knew about and wanted ayran, which wasn’t listed on the menu.

Next in our discoveries was Harput Restaurant. It is located close to the Mall of the Emirates, which is anything but close to where we live. However, it is close to our veterinarian’s office, so we combine buying pet supplies with getting a fix of Turkish food.

Newly opened, just down the street from where we live and solving all our problems is Shikidim Restaurant. The food is wonderful. The staff are helpful and friendly. AND we don’t have to drive across town!

If you are reading this (on the date of posting) and are in Dubai presently, join us tonight at Shikidim Restaurant for a tweetup 7:00-10:00 pm. For a map and information Click Here. (Muraqabat Street between Ittihad Road and Abu Baker Al Siddiq Road)

Here’s what you can look forward to:

plate of meat, tomato sauce and yogurt

Iskender is thinly sliced meat and cubes of freshly made flat bread covered in a tomato sauce and served with plain yogurt. It sounds simple, but is so much better than I can describe with words. I love the contrast of textures and temperatures.

brass mug of yogurt drink

And, don’t forget the ayran!

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First Stroll in Istanbul

January 22, 2011

Posted by DaddyBird

I don’t usually get around to posting on this blog. Unfortunately I’m usually too busy writing, editing, proofreading, tweeting and configuring things elsewhere. Hopefully, I can get a few posts in while we’re here in Istanbul.

After getting settled in to our cozy room, grabbing a few things from a local market and having a bit of dinner, Kanga was wiped out. I was tired too, but just had to go out for a walk anyway. We’re only a couple of blocks away from the Blue Mosque! Why wait ’til tomorrow to see it? When I’m in a new place, I like to walk around and get the lay of the land as soon as possible anyway, so out I went.

I took some pictures while I was out. Of course some of them were of the local cats. They’re plenty of them around, which is the sign of a great city. 😀 (Lara and Terrence over at The GranTourismo Travel Blog have a cool post about the cats in Istanbul.)

An Istanbul street kitty

Took a few night-time pictures of the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. They certainly don’t do to the structures justice, but then, I’m not sure that any pictures can.

Aya Sofia
The Blue Mosque

Walking distances are much shorter than I expected, which is great; we’re even closer to more of the sights that I knew. So far the city is just stunning. Can’t wait to see more of it in daylight. The weather is great! Nice and cool. While I was out walking around in 10 degree Celsius weather, wearing a t-shirt and no jacket, I was asked by several if I wasn’t cold. I told them I enjoy the cold, which I certainly do. This is my kind of weather. (Well, a bit cooler and rainier would be great too!)

Firuz Aga Camii

Our friend Rupert, who has lived in Istanbul, made a number of recommendations on places to go and things to do. One suggestion was to check out the pudding shops. I found one just a few steps away from Aya Sophia. The pudding is tasty, and the food looked good too, may go back for dinner.

A Pudding Shop!

I uploaded a few of the pictures that I took this evening to a Picasa album. Here’s the link: http://picasaweb.google.com/pauliancastle/Istanbul

Go down to the end of this street and turn left and you’re at our place.
This seems to be how they say, “Don’t park in front of this building” in our neighborhood.
Kitty in the window
On a sidewalk near the Blue Mosque; I think I’ve seen these exact items on sale in Naif! 😉

More soon!