Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Turkey and Greece - Part 5

I know, I know. Slacking.

We came home from this epic and eventful, yet relaxing trip abroad and then SLAM, the busy starts. Work began....DRAMA.
Mom and Dad had a humongous car accident...DRAMA...They're ok (Thank Heaven) but poor Granny; broken nose, ribs and contusions all over. The moral of this not avoid the raccoon.
And for some reason, I have withdrawn from the world at large for no particular reason...DRAMA!

I am to the fifth installment of the Turkey and Greece trip which means this begins my plunge into Bodrum! We had fifteen days in a sensational villa with spectacular views and an even better seashore on which to get the best sun! And oh, the seafood...

Upper left: the said villa, upper right: the villa's view, lower left: my view (on the shore) lower right: medye dolma
While the shore is where we frequented for most of our 15 days, rest assured there was a host of other fruit fillings in this sweet treat we call Bodrum. There are a few places on Earth, that I have commented as "Heaven on Earth." Ireland is one, Hawaii (the Big Island) is another and Bodrum, Turkey on the Aegean Coast makes a trifecta that can't be beat.

The farmers market was rife with a morning mixture of any kind of dry goods you can think of including painted pottery, hookah and pestamal. But the real jems of this morning marketplace is the produce. I have always emphatically exclaimed that we Californians are spoiled to have the greatest produce in the world. That was before I had gone to Turkey and this market in Bodrum is unlike any I have seen before. It is a covered green grocery that spans acres and acres and if you want it, you'll find it. I had never seen hazelnuts as they occur in nature, eggplants, spices, miles of tomatoes, cucumber and green onions the size of which I had never seen. There were what seemed like miles of Turkish sweets, cultivated seaweed and pickled grape leaves, ready for stuffing. Then the crowning glory...gozleme, too (that my husband had once and again the following week because it was melt in your mouth deliciousness).

Upper left: Hazelnuts, Upper right: two varieties of eggplant, Lower left: dried fruits and nuts, Lower right: three kinds of peppers

Upper left: olive oil, honey and olives, Upper right: lots of Turkish Delight, Lower left: garden flowers, Lower right: grape leaves ready for Dolma.

This guy was great. He was so proud and sweet.


Let's not forget an evening in Bodrum City. We stayed in a region of the peninsula called Gundogan. On the other side of lots of little houses and a trek on a curvy road is the Bodrum city center with the famous Club Halikarnas. Although that was not our speed for this trip. Instead of dancing we were far more interested in shopping and eating. Let me show you the fish markets open late night for all your seafood needs!

One of my favorite meals on this trip (and I say "one of" because there were several -- Obam, Teyze's house and Galimera -- not to mention my sister in law's daily breakfasts) was at a place called Aras 63 Urfa. Aras serves Pide and Lahmacun and a host of other delights but those two delicacies have a special place in my heart so I focused there. When my husband and I were only dating, we went to dinner at the Guvenc house. Muberra is an amazing cook in all disciplines but since she is Turkish she is most skilled in Turkish Cuisine. She cooked Pide and Lahmacun that night. When we sat down to the table, Bulent was silent and satisfied with her meal and when he was finished he said, "if you can cook this, I will marry you!" I went straight to grocery store the following day and made Pide and Lahmacun with the skill of any Turkish woman! I was also married to him less than 2 years after :) !

Upper Left: Lahmacun, Upper Right: Gavurdagi Salatasi, Lower Left: So many meals are served with simple vegetables. It's such a shame I can never find fully grown rocket here in the states. Lower Right: Pide (It is believed that the Italians called Pizza after this.)
And then there's the shopping!

My favorite store was in a teeny beach town called Gumusluk - pronounced: goo-moosh-luke - or Myndos which is the ancient Greek name. This little town is friendly and sweet and smells of sea air. It is also the home of a lovely beach in a very small bay and a shallow waterway that allows you to "walk" on water to an island.

The store was called Cadi. Cadi means witch and can't understand why the store was called witch when it was a place of fairy treasures. So by my estimation, it should've been called Fairy! Becasue the only things witchy about itare the prices. A bit dear if you ask me!

Gumusluk was wonderful. A place to stroll for hours or for my husband and sister in law a place to eat Lokma and drink chai for hours while I mesmerized myself with the goodies in Cadi. The giveaway after post six of Greece and Turkey will be a treasure from Cadi, by the way. But only if I get 20 new faces in the box to the left!

This brings us to the end of this post. The following and final post of our epic trip to Turkey and Greece will be our trip to Greece, our drive back to Istanbul and our last day in Turkey, a day at the Grand Bazaar. See you soon!

1 comment :

  1. The market looks BEAUTIFUL!

    Hope all that drama has settled down and you're doing well! :)