Ask me where my favorite place to travel is and the answer is simple: Istanbul. The vibrant culture combined with the outstandingly beautiful sights are enough to put it at the top of your wanderlust list, but in my opinion the culinary culture of this Turkish gem should be enough to make you want to get on a plane and get there, ASAP.
Typically made of a lamb, these juicy Turkish meatballs are often mixed with mint and parsley, and served with a yogurt to dip.
2. Döner Kebab
An item familiar to most students, the combination of grilled meat and veggies wrapped inside of a flatbread is enough to make any mouth water… especially after a night out.
3. Turkish Delight (Lokum)
Pretty much a colorful jelly sugar coated in powder sugar topped with an assortment of nuts. Like a jelly bean and chocolate fudge had a wonderful, wonderful cousin.
Without a doubt the most dangerous on this list, this licorice flavored booze is too good not to try. Bonus: it turns from clear to a cloudy white when mixed with water.
5. Şiş Kebap
Succulent grilled meats appear yet again… This time, served on a stick!
Go into one of the many famous baklava shops in Turkey to witness #stacksonstacks of filo pastry dough held together with honey and pistachios. Learn to make it here.
Oh man, do I dream about börek… Using a similar process to the baklava above, this is also a rendition of filo layered with cheese (and sometimes spinach).
Imagine the thinnest crusted pizza possible and add a Turkish spin of spices.
A combination of eggs, tomatoes, peppers, and spices, menemen is a dish has recently become very popular in the US for it’s simplicity and deliciousness.
The traditional Turkish pita flatbread…the perfect carb for all the toppings.
Who doesn’t love lots and lots of small dishes to eat with bread and even more booze?
Lamb stuffed grape leaves dipped in a mint yogurt may be hard to imagine… but trust us.
Known in other parts of the world as tres leches, this Turkish sponge cake is soaked in three different sweet milks and topped with caramel.
14. Çig Köfte
Usually served as part of a meze, these ‘meatballs’ of raw beef or lamb take the concept of beef tartar to a whole new level.
Like a bagel and pretzel combined, this crispy circular bread is perfect with Turkish tea.