Cheesy Bread, and a Carpet Ride…Check!

Thanks to the great connection of one of my coworkers who had previously visited Turkey, a group of us were invited to tour Nuri’s Carpets. Nuri has been in the handmade carpet business for over 30 years. Needless to say, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the realm of handmade versus machine-made carpets.

The first order of business was the unveiling of a wonderful spread. On the menu was Chicken Tava, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, Chickpea Hummus, Chicken Shish, Cheese Egg Rolls, Spinach Borek, Cheese Breadsticks, rice, peppers, onion salad, and the absolutely amazing Spicy Garlic Sauce. Whether visiting the local barbershop, custom leather emporium, or retailers like Nuri’s Carpet, we are greeted with top notch hospitality, and this was no less.

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While eating, Nuri told us about the history of how he started in the carpet business. He then gave us some tips and tricks of the trade to help us to distinguish between handmade and machine-made carpets. Also, what to expect with a carpet’s knot count, dyes, chemicals, origin, and how that all plays a part in its durability and quality.

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On another trip we’ve had time to enjoy a few hours in the scenic Adana. Here we found a park with a small wooden windmill, rock creek, and scenic view all leading up to yet another mosque. Where we were able to watch the sun set over the city.

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More recently, we visited a restaurant named Royal Restaurant Bar. As soon as we sat at our table we were asked if we wanted cheesy bread. “Absolutely!”, I replied. I have been waiting to taste a full sized piece of this famous appetizer since I landed. It’s like going to Red Lobster for the biscuits, or Olive Garden for the salad and breadsticks. As soon as you sit down there’s a batch being made-to-order just for you. Although, it looks as simple as pizza crust and cheese I can guarantee it’s so much better. This cheesy carb is served with a bowl of the previously mentioned spicy garlic sauce, and a plate of jelly and butter. Oddly enough, the jelly and butter tastes really great on it. They then brought out their version of a Greek Salad.

I decided to order the Mixed Grill which was nothing more than a sampler plate of greatness. It came with an onion salad, chicken and lamb Shish, lamb chop (w/ the aluminum covering the bone), mini Turkish pizza, peppers, tomatoes, pita bread, and a chicken wing on a bed of rice. My coworker order the Royal Bomb which is described as beef, chicken, lamb, shrimp, mushroom, rice, fries, tomato sauce and mushroom sauce.

Now that I’ve tried cheesy bread and doner, I have just a few more things to check off the list. Stay tuned.

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  1. Thanks, I know where to go should I ever have the pleasure of visiting Turkey. Now I’m starving

  2. Very kool.

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