It is mind-boggling to think that life and trade have been bustling under the high domed roof of the Istanbul Spice Market for the past 350 years. A few centuries ago it was a marketplace for goods brought from Egypt, hence the other name of the market - Egyptian Bazaar!
IWI invites you to stroll through Eminönü with Ayşe Yücel and Janice McDonald. We will walk through the Spice Market and will have a presentation and tasting of the many different spices and learn how to use these spices in our cooking. We'll venture into a small antique shop which specializes in Gourmet Lokum (Turkish Delight) freshly made daily that will truly tickle your taste buds. We continue and visit a homeopathic shop and learn about natural cures and its benefits. A stop at the famous Namlı (1929) Delicatessen specializing in Turkish pastrami, sausages, cheeses, honey, olives and more. We will be able to taste and buy different types of delicacies. We will visit the Emin Han dated back to the Byzantine and see the original oven where gold was melted down. Our next stop will be to Tahtakale where all the wood products and baskets are displayed. We will be passing through the streets where the baking supplies, party decorations, paper products and more are located. You will want to come back for another visit.
For those who wish to join, Ayşe and Janice proposes to have lunch (Optional, not included in the program) at Hamdi's, a famous Turkish restaurant overlooking the Golden Horn.
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