Friday’s Foods of the World

As I’ve been looking at my photos lately I come to notice how many photos I have of FOOD! I love food and the way it is presented and I often capture that in my photos! If there is also a nice setting to eat in, doesn’t that just make the food taste better? I think so………Today, I am taking you to Istanbul, Turkey to discover the ambiance of Istanbul! Our Hotel was in the Heart of the Historic District, but one day we decided to take a boat tour…….The driver picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off at a travel agency, where we met up with other tourists and were loaded into small vans……Off we went…..

As usual, I should have read the small print………this tour was much more than just a tour of the city and a boat ride! The vans stopped at a funicular, that went up and up and up and the guide said we we would be taking it to the top, first, to get a good view of the city and the Bosphorus Strait.  So, up we went…….then we climbed some stairs…….and came to the top……..

The Walk Up Higher and Higher

MY it was a wonderful view! And since it was so hot the tourists decided this place was the perfect spot for a drink before we did anything else! This was the Pierre Loti Restaurant……..

The First View from The Top!
Pierre Loti Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey
Piere Loti Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey

I made the comment, that would come back to haunt me,”Well at least we don’t have to walk all the way to that boat down there!” Then the guide rounded us up and as we sipped away, related the story of Pierre Loti. We were on his hill!

Pierre Loti, a pseudonym for Julien Viand, was a French novelist and naval officer, who wrote books about exotic spots he visited during his naval career and throughout his lifetime. His noted first works were tales of his love affairs; love, death and despair! Other books were travel guides presenting beautiful tales of Islamic life in countries before the exploitation of tourists……

In 1887, he wrote his first book, Aziyzdé. It was the story of a love affair between a 27 year-old man with a Circassian ( a harem girl) of 18. Many believe this book was semi-autobiographical, based on a diary Loti kept during the fall and winter of 1876. Here is the Turkish interpretation of the story as told by our guide.

While Loti was serving in the military in Istanbul, he met and fell in love with a beautiful Circassian woman. They would meet secretly on this hill, high above the city.  Her family would not approve of her marrying a non-muslim and they were both in turmoil over this……. Aziyadé suggested they run away together and go to France, where he could marry her. The only problem; (well there were many as I saw it, but the story moves on) he had not been quite honest with her, because he was already married and his wife was in France……

After a few months and several meetings in their secret meeting place, he did leave Turkey……..without her. When she believed he was never coming back she married the person her family had chosen for her. He did come back several years later and was distraught that she had married! Really, men!  Their liaison started up again at once, up on the hill……..Eventually, her husband suspected something was up and when he found out about her affair with Loti, he killed her. Pierre Loti wore a gold band with her name etched on the inside, for the rest of his life. The hill is now a popular overlook of the city, with the restaurant and more shops further up the hill.

After our little rest stop, the guide announced we would be walking back down to board the boat, following a cobblestone path along the edges of the Eyüp Mosque and Cemetery……….OH MY gosh! It seemed like a loooooooooong way down, but as it turned out, that walk was one of the most memorable I have done…….I will write all about it on Monday for Jo’s Monday Walk! Stay tuned, you will not want to miss it! But, now back to the FOOD!

After we returned from our day’s outing up and down hills, on a boat and in the market place……we decided to eat close by to the hotel…. It was right across from the hotel, as a matter of fact, and it was packed both inside and outside every day and night……with tourists and locals……. First a look at our neighborhood………

The Neighborhood

and across from the hotel………

More of the Neighborhood

was the New Hatay Restaurant, Kebab and Fish House. The nice thing about the restaurant was the servers, all who were very outgoing and good looking…..there was no shortage of young women eating here daily and the servers paid a lot of attention to them and to us as well…..

The New Hatay Restaurant, Kebab and Fish House, Istanbul, Turkey

Here is a photo of the inside/outside…….

Inside the Hatay Restaurant, Kebab and Fish House, Istanbul, Turkey

Another photo further along on the outside………..       Now, I also want to mention that one of the experiences I was not used to was the harassment from carpet sellers that found you as soon as you left your hotel and followed you where ever you went and would not take “no I  do not want a carpet” …….as a reply to them……As soon as the waiters saw this, even if you were just walking by the restaurant, the waiters would move them off…….Another reason we decided to eat there after our day excursion; we were too pooped to want to go anywhere else or to deal with carpet sellers! So, down we sat………. The menu was written in English and Russian!

Outside the Hatay Restaurant, Kebab and Fish House, Istanbul, Turkey

First, was served this naan, the size of a basketball! We proceeded to load up, as we had eaten nothing all day!

The Naan

The appetizer was a mushroom, onion, fruit soup, served in a tomato sauce for my hubby………loved that long spoon!

The Soup

And I chose the fruit and veg salad…….

The Salad

For the mains, hubby chose the fish……..with more bread………..thicker this time……

The Fish

and I had the kabob and all the trimmings! Yumm….. all washed down with wine of course! Yes, they do serve wine in Muslim Turkey! That food was fresh and tasty! It also had a nice presentation (cloth napkins and tablecloths, changing of silverware between dishes, attentive server, food at the right temperature and lots of color on the plate) and varied serving plates! AND lots of food for a minimal price! Sometimes, that is just what you are looking for!

The Kabob with Sides……….and More Bread!

Fill Your Plate!


I hope you have enjoyed my foodie post for Friday from Turkey…….I have other eateries from here, as well; some fancier and some street vendors…… I will also share those with you soon….. If you would like to post your foodie photos from around the world,  just leave a comment with your post and share a little about where and what you were eating! I’ll share them in my following posts every Friday! See you next Friday or Monday, if you read the post on the cemetery walk!

PS I also met a lovely English woman, when I sat on a bench in one of the parks……..she showed me how to get rid of the unwanted salesmen that followed us everywhere! We practiced her skills for about 45 minutes before we moved off!

27 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    I love your stories, Cady! You had me by the hand there, following along. 🙂 🙂 Istanbul is another of those cities I was desperate to get to but the other half was never keen. But that’s another story and perhaps I have a ‘One’ for you, thinking back. Meanwhile, very much looking forward to Monday, and thanks for the link!

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    1. margaret21 says:

      I’ll go to Istanbul with you Jo!


      1. restlessjo says:

        You’re my hero! Shall we book? 🙂 🙂

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      2. margaret21 says:

        Great! Oh, wait, isn’t there a pandemic on?


      3. restlessjo says:

        Spoilsport! I thought we were mobile from July 🙂 🙂

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      4. margaret21 says:

        Here’s hoping …

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  2. MousumiSays says:

    Beautifully captured Istanbul and it’s food!! ❤

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  3. margaret21 says:

    Well, hungry already! Turkish food must be among the most appetising that there is, and always with such fresh, bright flavours. What a memorable stay, even if it involved lots of climbing – working up a fine appetite.

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  4. Sue says:

    A meal with a view is unbeatable!

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  5. tgeriatrix says:

    What a spledid idea! I have several food pictures myself and I will post them. Today I’m taking you also to Turkey a bit more to the south:


    1. OH my! How did you ever discover this place! Awesome! Were you allowed to fish there too? Cady


  6. Toonsarah says:

    Loved reading this – it made me feel like I was on holiday! The food looks delicious. I’ve never been to Istanbul (like Jo, I could never persuade my husband that it would be a great choice!) but we eat Turkish food a lot in the UK and love it 🙂


    1. My husband and I were just the opposite……he wanted to go to Turkey and I was hmmmmm! I enjoyed it, but not as much as other places…..I was nervous there and I don’t like to be haggled!

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  7. maristravels says:

    I wonder how I missed that restaurant on top of the hill. I’ve been to Istanbul 4 times and never came across it. Mind you, my last time was over 20 years ago so maybe it has been developed since then> Anyway, it’s nice to know there are still some new places to see when I eventually get back there.

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  8. I know what you mean…….I have seen other blogs and their travels and I’ll read it and say that I’ve been to that place, but never been there!


  9. rkrontheroad says:

    Great spot to discover! I would like to know about the skills you learned to get rid of the salespeople following you…

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    1. Ruth you must talk LOUD so several hustlers hear you at one time and be very FIRM and Commanding! Something I would never do at home!

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      1. rkrontheroad says:

        Ah, they wouldn’t want to hassle an assertive woman!


    1. Oh Sarah, I REALLY enjoy your posts! What a spread is right! This would be a great way to try a little bit of everything without being rude if you didn’t care for something……someone else would. I have never been to Japan, but hubby has…….I need just one last trip around the world! Thanks for sharing your post this week! Cady


  10. Ju-Lyn says:

    What a journey for a delicious spread! That’s the problem with scaling heights to get the view – one must come down again!!!! I love Turkish food (especially if there are flat breads involved) but have never been to Turkey – thank you for sharing this delightful peek into the scenery.


      1. Ju-Lyn, the spicier and the hotter the food is, the better I like it! I think my husband was a mild spice person before we married, but over the years he’s upped his game, but not to the extent that I like spices…..I’m going to make a list of all your food here, hoping I come to Singapore one day! Do you buy fresh spices in a market also? Thank you for adding to my challenge…….learning about new foods (to me) is very interesting! Cady


    1. Ju-Lyn , I thought I had posted this already, but no it wasn’t there! So Sorry! Will be on Wednesday the 31st post! Cady


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