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Istanbul during Kurban Bayrami (Eid el Adha)?

I'm sorry I didn't see your reply in time. Most places were open, I think. The restaurants may not serve alcohol until sundown, but that might just be during Ramazan.

Dec 01, 2009
hariscruff in Europe

GREAT FOOD IN ISTANBUL?

I would stay away from the really touristy restaurants in Sultanahmet and surrounding areas. Taksim isn't too bad. It's a little touristy, but there are a lot of restaurants along Istiklal and maybe of them have decent prices. The food is good too. Just don't let the waiters talk you into the big mixed kebap plates - those are usually really expensive. Konak is a decently-priced chain, and you can explore the side streets and find tasty things like börek and gözeleme ın addıtıon to kebap. There are some cafeteria-style places too, where you can just go in and point at what you want. Everything is individually priced, but the prices are still relatively low. You can get a good meal for 25 TL or less. I think a lot of tourists come to where I live, in Sarıyer, because of the fish restaurants, but it's really far from Sultanahmet and the other tourist destinations.

Dec 01, 2009
hariscruff in Europe

Guilty-Pleasure Protein Drink

I LOVE Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein drinks. I really miss those.

Nov 16, 2009
hariscruff in Features

U.S. Food Festivals

In West Virginia we celebrate ramps. There's a buckwheat festival in Preston County in the fall, the Strawberry Festival in the spring, and the Italian Heritage Festival on Labor Day weekend always has tons of great food.

Sep 02, 2009
hariscruff in General Topics

looking to send care package to friend in uk . . .

Reese's Peanut Butter cups, if your friend likes them and isn't allergic to peanuts. That's what my Sister misses. I like the idea of the Mexican foods too. You can get some products in the UK, but the taco seasoning doesn't taste the same, even if it's the same brand as what is sold in the US. It has a strange flavor. While you're at it, could you send some of those things to Turkey? ;)

Sep 02, 2009
hariscruff in General Topics

What foods say "home at last" to you?

I live overseas (in Istanbul, actually), and when I went home over the summer, the first thing my mom made was a pork roast with the skin. Heaven! I also love a big pot of brown beans and ham with her cornbread, or Mom's homemade pepperoni rolls. My last homecooked meal before I came back here was meatballs. She picked up the recipe from an acquaintance who puts a container of ricotta into the meat mixture. It makes the meatballs super moist and delicious.

Sep 02, 2009
hariscruff in General Topics

Time for School Lunch

Chocolate soy nut butter does sound good! I currently live in Turkey and it's not a nut allergy-friendly place at all. Hazelnuts, pistachios and walnuts are everywhere! If you're just allergic to peanuts, though, you'd be okay, as peanuts and peanut butter aren't quite as common. Peanuts are put in with the mixed nuts and seeds, but peanut butter isn't very common. I can find it in some stores, but it's rather expensive.

Sep 02, 2009
hariscruff in Features

Time for School Lunch

I was under the impression that a lot of schools were banning peanut products these days, due to the number of allergies that are popping up. Or do they just have "peanut-free" tables in the cafeterias? Those ladybugs and their little raft might not even be allowed in some schools. Parents? Do you have any experience with the peanut product ban? I'm curious.

Sep 01, 2009
hariscruff in Features

Surprise Dinner Parties

I've had bad experiences with both planned dinner parties and informal, spontaneous get-togethers. I once invited 4 or 5 people to my home for dinner and was making a dish that was actually requested by one of the guests. Everyone flaked and I was left with a huge pot of a lamb-and-bean stew and no one to help me eat it.

Aug 05, 2009
hariscruff in Features