One great thing about every county I’ve been to outside of America is the abundance of fresh produce! Yeah, we can go to farmer’s markets and special grocery stores in the states, but in other countries, they sell fresh local fruits and veggies on every street!
The pomegranates were EVERYWHERE in Istanbul! My friends and I finally bought one the third day I was there:
Can you imagine what it would be like to walk around New York or Boston and be able to buy a fresh pomegranate from a street vendor?
Unfortunately, due to Americanization of the whole freakin world, there are McDonalds and Burger Kings across from these wonderful fresh produce stands. There was even a Starbucks!!! The Turks are famous for their coffee, but there is still a demand for a commercialized coffee brand. *Sigh*
In addition to the produce stands, there were also a lot of other charming food vendors:
And my favorite:
Mussels stuffed with rice with secret spices (well, secret to me b/c i don’t speak Turkish and couldn’t ask what they were…) served with fresh lemon. Two for one lira (less than a dollar).
The Turkish boys we were hanging out with told us that they like to hit up the mussel stands after they have been drinking at the bars for some late night munchies. In my college town, we have hot dog stands for that. So drunk American college kids eat hot dogs, and drunk Turks eat stuffed mussels. I found this fascinating. And delicious.
My earrings and scarf are both finds from the Grand Bazaar that I will talk about next. TGIF everybody!