Monday, December 28, 2009
Istanbul Epilogue: Lokum Turkish Delights
I chuckled a bit when I was told a few weeks ago to bring back some "Turkish delight" when I was in Istanbul. Only later did I realize that Turkish delight was a real product called lokum, and was basically a soft candy of sorts. I thus made my way down to the original location of Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekirhacı (Hamidiye Caddesi 83, 0212-522-0666), where the stuff was invented a couple hundred years ago, and picked up a box to bring back.
Only the following day did I realize that I could have just waited until getting to the airport, as the shops there were overflowing with this brand's stuff, and even had these huge sample plates available for you to try each flavor. And to this sweet-averse palate's surprise, it was hard to stop eating the coconut and pistachio variety that I brought home. Still, I won't go out of my way to buy another box again...except perhaps to see if the fresh stuff directly from the shop tastes much better than the packaged version.
Digested at 2:39 PM
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