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Travel Photo of the Day: Fresh Fruit in Istanbul

Travel Photo of the Day: Fresh Fruit in Istanbul

A vendor in Istanbul prepares bright citrus and pomegranate juices

Fresh fruit is not hard to find while walking the streets of Istanbul.

Thanks to an accommodating Mediterranean climate, Turkey is rich with fresh fruits: figs, grapes, apples, apricots, and pears, to name a few. Turkey is also home to pomegranate and many varieties of citrus. Turks usually eat these either fresh or dried — or juiced, as the case may be (word on the street, however, is that straight-up pomegranate juice can be overwhelmingly sour and viscous!).

Fresh produce is easy to find when traveling through the country, but be sure to browse the Grand Bazaar for a wide offering. Built in 1455, it is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world and includes 60 covered streets, 5,000 shops, and attracts up to 400,000 visitors on a daily basis! Unsurprisingly, it can be a bit chaotic, but is worth a visit for the food alone. It’s located inside the walled city of Istanbul and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Ali’s Guide To Istanbul

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All of my best travel tips for where to eat, stay and visit in Istanbul, Turkey.

Is Istanbul on your travel bucket list yet? If not — ohhh friends — it needs to be. ♡

We booked our trip there this past fall on a whim, thanks to some crazy-cheap plane tickets that we happened to spot online. But while Istanbul had always been on our “someday” travel bucket list, neither Barclay or I admittedly knew all that much about the city or its culture or its food beforehand. We happen to have some good friends here in Barcelona who are from Istanbul, though, who loaded us up with lots of great recommendations for places to see and things to do before we set off. We also thankfully made the decision to pre-book more tours than usual, especially since we didn’t speak the language and knew so little about Istanbul’s history. (Also because Barclay and I couldn’t agree on which food tour to pick — whiiiich meant that we ended up booking two, which ended up being one of the most delicious decisions of our lives.)

And wow, you guys, this city literally blew us away at every level.

History-wise, the city was endlessly fascinating, with so much to study and so many great places to see. Accessibility-wise, the neighborhoods that we wanted to visit all ended up being super-walkable and easy to navigate with trams and ferries, and we loved the cute, centrally-located little neighborhood (Karaköy) where we stayed. Relaxation-wise, we splurged on a bucket list fancy hammam during our last morning there, and loved every single minute of the experience. And food-wise, ohhhhh my goodness, it’s no exaggeration to say that our five days in Istanbul were some of the most delicious days of my life. Thanks to the two food tours and to Istanbul’s meze (small plates) style of eating, we got to sample a record number of local dishes on this trip. And I was in Turkish food heaven.

Anyway, tons of you messaged on Instagram asking for our trip recs and for my thoughts on traveling to the city. And I would just say — if Istanbul also happens to be on your travel bucket list, bump it up to the top and make your way there as soon as you can. The city seems to be poised in that sweet spot right now where tourism is quickly developing, but it hasn’t yet reached that saturation point where everything is overdeveloped and overpriced and overrun with visitors. So this felt like a really special window of time to be there and see the city. And if you are looking for some great recommendations, here are all of my faves for:

Dinner at Hamdi Restaurant Eminönü (before the famous pistachio kebab arrived).

Couldn’t get enough of Istanbul’s grilled olives!

The most delicious grilled mackerel wrap ever!

Pickle (and pickle juice!) tasting on a spice bazaar tour.

Quick lunch stop during our day trip to Büyükada.

Another round of pink pickle juice!

Turkish breakfast on our last day in Istanbul at Namli Gurme.

Turkish coffee (here’s a video showing how it was made)

Slice of pide (Turkish pizza) on a food tour.

I ordered a bowl of Turkish lentil soup every day in Istanbul — sooo good!

The prettiest Turkish tea.

Homemade manti (Turkish dumplings) on a food tour.

Ayran cheers (traditional Turkish yogurt drink)

That famous pistachio kebab from Hamdi Restaurant Eminönü.

Soup tasting on our food tour!

Turkish goat’s milk ice cream — super chewy, and served with plenty of flare.

Sampling some of the most popular meze from Ciya on our food tour.

Good lookin’ sunset views at Hamdi Restaurant Eminönü. )

Loved this grilled halloumi salad at Karaköy Gümrük.

One of the 500 cups of tea we drank that week.

I’m not usually into whole baby fish, but these were delicious on our food tour!

Love how whole cloves are passed around at the end of meals in Istanbul.

Sooooo many sweet treats in Istanbul!

We actually loved the rake! And even more, the tradition of long evenings with friends around the table that goes with it.

Bánh Mì

Where to Eat It: Ho Chi Minh City

Bánh mì is a term for all types of bread in Vietnamese, but it&rsquos become synonymous with a mouthwatering sandwich that might best be described as a Vietnamese hoagie. A product of French colonialism in Southeast Asia, the bánh mì seamlessly combines Western and Eastern ingredients. Fillings vary, but a standard bánh mì consists of a baguette stuffed with meat (perhaps grilled pork, meatballs, or cold cuts), cucumber slices, sprigs of cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, liver pâté, and a swipe of mayonnaise. They&rsquore increasingly popular and easy to find in the West (in somewhat less-authentic forms), but the best place to eat one is still on the streets of Saigon.

How to Make Fruit Salad

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Fruit salad is a classic potluck contribution for a reason. It's easy to mix together a variety of fruits that will make a refreshing, flavorful side or dessert. For a fast fruit salad, mix strawberries, peaches, and berries with a little lemon juice, honey, and vinegar. If you'd like more of a syrupy salad, combine tropical fruits with an easy citrus-honey dressing. To make a creamy fruit salad that makes a light dessert, beat cream cheese with mayonnaise, sugar, and Greek yogurt. Then coat pieces of fruit in the creamy mixture and enjoy!

There are no hard and fast rules about what is on a Turkish Breakfast plate.

The only rule is that there has to be a little bit of everything: protein, fat, and carbs meat, cheese, and veggies savory and sweet. So, please, use your creative license.

You can eat it with bread on the side if you want, but you won’t miss it if it’s not there. It compliments coffee or tea or fresh juice – whatever is your morning drink of choice. And it is easy to prep in advance and throw it all on the plate first thing in the morning.

Nutrition and Benefits

Although dates are super sweet it doesn't mean that they're bad for you—on the contrary. Dates can help balance blood sugar levels because they have a low glycemic impact.   This fruit also contains different types of antioxidants, which help protect the body's cells, depending on the variety and whether they are fresh or dried.   They are high in magnesium, which may help reduce blood pressure, and contain a B vitamin that may help boost memory and learning.  

Dates are also high in fiber (1/4 cup of dates provides over ten percent of the daily requirement), which aids in relieving constipation and managing weight as it makes you feel fuller longer.   Dates are also an excellent replacement or addition in baked goods to cut down on refined sugars.

15 International Breakfast Ideas That’ll Wake You Up

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, some of our favorite international breakfast recipes from around the world.

We often save our culinary explorations for lunch or dinner. But breakfast should get a break too from our ordinary, domestic treatment. These breakfast traditions from across the globe are delicious, more exciting ways to start the day. So morning-meal makers, accept this challenge to look at your eggs, fruit, and grains in a new light.

1. Ethiopia: Teff Porridge with Honey and Dates

Tired of oatmeal? Try this whole grain, most commonly seen in fermented Ethiopian flatbread, to make a quick porridge. With dates and honey, it’s not only a nutritious meal full of iron and calcium, it’s more interesting. Get our Teff Porridge with Honey and Dates recipe.

2. France: French Ham and Cheese Quickbread

Gâteaux, or French rustic quick breads, fuses with the classic ham and cheese on baguette, and the result is a hearty, savory breakfast bread. To make this recipe even faster, pour the batter in a 12-well muffin pan. Get our French Ham and Cheese Quickbread recipe.

3. Thailand: Rice Congee with Pork Dumplings

This is the Bangkok street breakfast we often crave—we have fond memories of sitting on a plastic stool on some sidewalk, as the city lurches to life, eating warm, comforting rice porridge, garnished with fish sauce, chiles in vinegar, and a soft egg. The pork dumplings in this recipe are delicious and super easy. Get our Thai Rice Congee recipe.

4. United States: Joe’s Special

An old diner specialty from San Francisco, this is a scramble of eggs, ground beef, and spinach, as comforting at 7 in the morning as it as at midnight. Some food historians speculate that it might have been the specialty of Chinese-American short-order cooks, fusing Western scrambled eggs with classic Cantonese stir-fry. Get our Joe’s Special recipe.

35 Pear Recipes You'll Love This Season

Poached, peeled, or baked into a pie &mdash there&rsquos so much you can do with pears!

Wondering what to do with lots of pears? Good news: There are so many sweet and savory pear recipes to make if you suddenly find yourself with a full load of the fruit, or if you just want to switch up your go-to apple recipes. Try &lsquoem poached, sliced into a salad, roasted with root veggies, or paired with juicy pork. Bake them into pies, crisps, crumbles and cobblers, or add them to your favorite classic cocktails for a splash of sweetness. Ripe pears lend a juicy, refreshing flavor to everything they touch, and each variety (Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Seckel&mdash the list goes on!) offers a different combo of sweet, tangy, mellow and crisp.

Healthy pear recipes, like fruit salad with Greek yogurt and honey, make great breakfasts, while pear matched with peppery greens and juicy steak makes the ideal salad for lunch. Or maybe you&rsquore more of a healthy sandwich person? The gorgeous grilled cheese with sweet pears, creamy Gouda and Dijon mustard in #15 practically brings tears to our eyes. Get ready to experiment with lots (and lots!) of pears this season.

Mother’s Day is all about moms and making them feel as special as they truly are. Every year, we celebrate Mother’s Day – a special day dedicated to honour and recognise the love of all the mothers. On this day, children hails their mother for everything she does assiduously. In India, Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May every year. This year, we will mark the celebrations for Mother’s Day on May 9. Every occasion deserves something special and this year you can make something nice for her at home.

We’ve got quick and easy ideas to help you treat Mom right. They are triple-tested for no-fuss and are safe for even the clumsiest ones. The following recipes require just a handful of easily accessible ingredients, not more than 2 or 3.


A tasty delicacy that has a shortcut? Yes, please! Take any biscuit or cookie you want and dip it in melted chocolate and freeze. What’s not to love about this super dessert.

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A simple refreshment like lemonade is ideal for summers. All you need is lemon, chilled water, sugar and some salt to prepare this humble beverage.


Pick any fruit of your choice – banana, strawberry or pineapple. Put it in a blender and add milk and any sweetener, and serve your mom a thick shake. Combine fruits and sugar with yoghurt and blend up a refreshing smoothie to prepare an ideal quencher.


The glorious colours of veggies and fruits make for a delightful summer bowl. It’s an absolute fast, fresh and healthy recipe that is easygoing.


There is nothing that can match the quintessential sandwich. Wedge cucumber/tomato/lettuce with sauces and cheese between two loaves of breads and tada! This go-to amazing treat to suit anyone’s tastes and surely hits the right spots!

Our Smoked French Onion Soup is made with slowly caramelized onions, broths, wines, and all of the cheese you can handle. Caramelizing the onions takes the longest, but it is well-worth the wait! Pellet Grill French Onion Soup Recipe If you take a cast iron pan, a whole wack of onions, a little olive oil, &hellip