The wonder that is Iskender Kebap…

New years resolution goal accomplished for the week. And it was so easy! After a long day of teaching at the college and then two hours of tutoring and a long enough commute home, Richie and I headed out to Konak restaurant on Istiklal Caddesi to indulge in some lovely Turkish specialities. We each had an Iskender Kebap, something that many of my Turkish students have recommended as essential eating in Istanbul. I’ve had it a few times now, and I’m never disappointed.

It is thin-cut strips of grilled lamb, with a thin tomato sauce over fluffy chunks of bread. Add some grilled hot green peppers and slices of tomato for garnish, and a generous dollop of yogurt, and you have the Iskender. It is so good! And filling. I think I’m going to pass out now! Anyway, while a real Iskender kebap might be out of your reach, at least you can enjoy this feast for the eyes. Actually, I don’t think this photo does it justice, but it will have to do.

After dinner, we strolled home along Istiklal                 Caddesi, which was surprisingly empty. The whole     length of the street is currently draped in                       Christmas/New Years lights, and they are quite           nice. They make a cold, dark winter night a little bit   more inviting.


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