Turkish Breakfast – A feast for the eyes

The Turkish Breakfast spread is a little culinary journey across the length and breadth of Turkey. It reveals the best produce the country has to offer and it’s a delight to behold. Though mainly served in the mornings, in specialty restaurants it is served till late evenings. On weekends it is a lovely and delicious affair where family members, friends can share stories and the myriad of goodies on offer at the table.

The first thing that strikes you is the freshness of the ingredients. Each place lovingly picks out the their choice from their favourite markets and vendors. And you can see the result in front of you and when you take that first bite. You’ll find the fare to have regional variations of course but there are many common elements too. Here’s a little culinary guide across the Turkish breakfast mezze.

Menemen
Scrambled eggs with green peppers and tomatoes but much richer than your traditional scrambled eggs.

Bal Kaymak
This is decadent stuff; it’s clotted cream with honey and to die-for when spread on bread.

Cheese
There’s beyaz peynir or feta and aged cheese like kaşar peyniri along with others like kashkaval vying and grilled Halloumi for your attention.

Muhlama
Cornmeal cooked with butter then loaded with lots of melting cheese.

Börek
Cooked thin sheets of dough, filled with cheese, minced meat or vegetables.

Sucuk
A delicious spicy dried Turkish beef sausage

Bread
You’ll find a basket of Turkish sourdough white bread or simit a Turkish circular sesame pretzel to spread or soak up all the delicious goodness.

Jams (rose petal, fig marmalade, walnut), preserves and honey

Fresh tomatoes and cucumber (Usually served peeled or slightly blanched seasoned with oregano and chili pepper).

And we cant forget a collection of black and green olives, fruits, yogurt, butter, boiled eggs, different types of omelettes and cold meats that will be served with plenty of brewed black Turkish tea.

This is a breakfast fit for a royal and when you start your day with it, you know your day’s starting on the right note. One place that really stood out for me was Kale café,the first breakfast place in Istanbul , was opened in 1982, they serve the most authentic classic Turkish breakfast you can have.

they offer delicious food over inspiring views of the Bosphorus and the best bit – everything they served there is from organic farms! they also have an in-house bakery so the bread is so fresh and you will be overwhelmed by all their delicious choices, Their breakfast is served all the day starting 6:00 am until mid night, it is so worth it to visit!

And coffee lovers if you have been missing coffee this entire time, you might find it interesting that the Turkish word for breakfast is kahvalti  (kah-VAHL’-tuh) that translates into ‘before coffee’. So if you still have space, finish up with a java of your choice after this long luxurious breakfast.

Lastly is there a better reason than to get out of bed?

Afiyet olsun!

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Solo in Zürich

Travel soothes my soul and this trip was a self-discovery of sorts. It was my first experience as a solo traveller. Usually I travel with family or friends but this time I decided to have a date with Zürich on my own. It was exhilarating to say the least. As a travel blogger my advice to solo women travellers out there is to choose a country that makes you feel safe and Switzerland definitely ticks that box. It saved my family and me a lot of worries. For this trip I checked myself into the Marriott Zürich. It overlooks the Limmat river and offers beautiful panoramic views of the old town and is just minutes away from the Swiss National Museum and the Zürich train station.

 

Little big city

Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland, a global center for banking and finance, and is a major contemporary art and shopping destination. For art buffs, important artworks are displayed in the Kunsthaus and the Rietberg Museum and lovers of fashion can indulge their every whim and perhaps rub shoulders with the Sultan of Brunei in Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf. Don’t miss Chagall’s amazing stained glass windows in the Fraumunster or Zürich’s lively night scene and be spoiled for choice from its 500 clubs and bars.

Another place that i really loved is Grossmünster this iconic twin-towered Romanesque cathedral is a symbol of reformed Zürich, go up the tower for a great view of Zürich, though the stairs can be quite steep.

This picturesque city on Lake Zürich has excellent public transport but can be pricey so try to get a city pass which covers other transports like buses, trams etc. as well. And do take advantage of the free bikes available. I rode one myself through its beautiful streets, with the wind rustling through my hair and you’ll agree that nothing beats that feeling.

 

Swiss warmth

I must add that I found the Swiss very polite and helpful. I remember the nice taxi driver who took me around the city and showed me some of the city’s sights and that too without any extra charge! Such a nice gesture to a complete stranger! While another person I met in the shopping area of Bahnhofstrasse recommended that I shop at the main station as it’s much more reasonable priced, such an invaluable tip!

And you realize that trust in other people is an important component of social capital, and it’s nice to have faith in others.

 

Mouthwatering tongue-twisters

Switzerland was historically a country of farmers, so traditional Swiss dishes tend to be rich and made from fresh ingredients.

For food dine on Züri Gschnätzlets, a dish made of sliced veal strips, white wine, cream, and demiglace and don’t leave Zürich without trying the Swiss classic, Fondue – melted cheese and fresh bread, need I say more? Their sausages are delicious too .

 

What Zürich has in store for you

Looking for gifts? Then head to the Zürich main train station “Hauptbahnhof”, you’ll find it’s way cheaper here than at the Bahnhofstrasse. You can find also find a huge variety of Swiss handicrafts and the famous Swiss army knives here.

You have to agree that the Swiss have perfected the art of chocolate making. You can’t miss a chance to try it at Sprüngli – a Zürich institution that offers a variety of sweet and savoury goodies including a wide variety of chocolates, from hand-made truffles to special chocolate bars. It’s a trip you won’t regret.

For Zürich events like exhibitions, concerts, stages, parties and much more check it out – HERE

 

Goodbye captivating city.

 

 

 

 

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