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I have fallen in love with yet another city. Istanbul is glorious. We have met with our lovely agent here, Asli Ermiş, who took us to meet our publishers, Omer Yenici at Epsilon (who will be publishing Leviathan) and Ilgin Toydemir at Artemis (who will be publishing Liar and already publish Midnighters). They in turn took us out for fabulous lunches.
In Istanbul we have eaten.
First course at Borsa restaurant.
A baklava shop, which sells many sweet and wondrous things. Yes, we bought and we ate.
The Egyptian spice market.
I am of the school that finds Turkish Delight delightful. In fact, even Scott liked the Turkish Delight here and he claims to hate it on account of its grandma soap taste. The Turkish Delight in Istanbul is the best I’ve ever had.
Ciya, my favourite restaurant so far. So many things I’d never tasted before in my life. All of it really good. If I could live at Ciya, I would. A multi-course meal for the two of us cost under forty USD (that’s together, not each). And we ate an INSANE amount of food, and drank mulberry and other fruit juices of wonder.
Brunch at the Four Seasons. This is the dessert station.
Once again my apologies for not posting or responding to mail and comments. We are too busy eating and seeing the glorious sights. This is the first real holiday I’ve had in a long time and I’m enjoying it muchly.
Hmm . . . is it lunch time yet?
Posted by Justine at 5:54, 11 December 2009 under Excuses, Food, Praising, Publishing business, Travelling | 21 Comments »
Rhiannon Hart Says:
Oh. My god. Get me there now. That food looks insanely good! You lucky, lucky writers.
December 11th, 2009 at 7:05 AM
Everthing looks so sinfully delicious…can I say including the cello playing man?
December 11th, 2009 at 7:25 AM
Sir Tessa Says:
Dude. Moar photos of food, please! In love with just looking at the dishes.
December 11th, 2009 at 8:25 AM
Julia Rios Says:
Yum! I love rose flavored things, but I’ve never actually had Turkish Delight (save the Cadbury’s kind, which is evil). I bet it is awesome! All of that food looks so delicious.
December 11th, 2009 at 10:50 AM
Oh, man. *_* Now I need to go to Istanbul… NOW.
December 11th, 2009 at 6:52 PM
Mmmmm, the desserts look amazing.
December 11th, 2009 at 9:11 PM
I was born at Istanbul Yes the foods are very yummy! And the desserts are EXTREME yummy.
December 12th, 2009 at 8:47 PM
I live in İstanbul and here is really great and foods are awesome… Turkish delights are great and we call them here: LOKUM.
December 13th, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Yes its called ‘lokum’! do u noe how to speak turkish? well incase u do, Merhaba!
December 13th, 2009 at 2:12 PM
i was born here, i live in here. So… yes i know turkish:
Merhaba, nasılsın? =)
December 14th, 2009 at 10:30 AM
Eric Luper Says:
Istanbul = Favorite. City. Ever.
December 14th, 2009 at 2:07 PM
Wow! you were born at Turkey too? Thats awsume!!!! Iyim sen nasilsin?????
December 14th, 2009 at 3:17 PM
Shveta Thakrar Says:
Justine, I so want the food from Ciya. *drool*
I’m so glad you’re having a wonderful time!
December 14th, 2009 at 3:37 PM
ben de iiyim…do u live in turkey or another country??
December 15th, 2009 at 9:57 AM
I live in America, i was born at Turkey though. They say Turkey has changed, has it? And do you live in Istanbul?
December 15th, 2009 at 8:25 PM
I read your blog pretty much every day, I am a major fan. I am de-lurking just to say: Turkish food is the best food in the planet. When I went to Turkey I put on an insane amount of weight, but I did not care. All the things they do with aubergines, it is INSANE. And all the sweets!
December 17th, 2009 at 5:35 AM
Turkey has changed, there is a lot of trouble here. AKP ( our government) just dont care our problems. They just care about money. So we’re not so happy. And i live in İstanbul… How old are u?
December 17th, 2009 at 11:09 AM
So glad you enjoyed Istanbul – I was there around this time last year, and hope to go back sometime.
December 17th, 2009 at 5:06 PM
im 13….pretty young how about you? Wait are you a girl or boy?? im a girl, and yes i knoe the AKP…we have turkish channels here in America. Yes true they only care about the money. Lucky that you live in Istanbul! Write back soon! maybe i should give you my email so we can email each other. Well bye now!
December 17th, 2009 at 9:05 PM
I’m a girl too and im 14… I go to İstanbul High School… i would be very happy if you can give me your e-mail…=) Mine is: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 18th, 2009 at 10:59 AM
Ok i’ll send you an email right now!!! Mine is: Dilsaddoger@yahoo.com
December 18th, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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