My after lunch snack: chocolate cookie with nuts inside, baklava, and Turkish coffee,


coupled with the view from our terrace,


makes for a relaxing and productive afternoon.

It’s another sunny day in Istanbul. Sometimes when you get very irritated (like me) because you have to take a subway to a funicular to a tram (45 minutes) in order to get to a seaside running path so you can run with fewer obstructions in order to do a tempo run, it’s good to remind yourself that there are small pleasures to be enjoyed. That these small pleasures are fresh and require only a short walk and a few lira at most.

There are several bakeries and markets near our apartment building. Every day there are fresh-baked goods, from bread, to cookies, to rolls, to the many varieties of baklava that can be bought. The markets have fresh fruit and vegetables, including dates, nectarines, apples, peaches, strawberries, beans, and tomatoes.

They do not last long. What you buy has to be eaten within a day or two or three, at most, or frozen. A cookie in its paper bag soon starts to leak out its butter, which is why they crumble in your mouth and impart such a full, sweet taste. The sweets go very well with the thick coffee.

It’s been a little hard to shift from my American focus of buy-a-lot-in-one-trip, versus buy-what-you-need-for-the-next-day-or-so. The shift has been made easier by the fact that you can only buy what you can carry here. No car to transport large numbers of things.

I’m working on shifting to a more fresh-minded attitude towards food. With every taste it gets little easier.


4 thoughts on “Fresh

  1. I am seeing that “buy-a-lot-in-one-trip” is not the best way to go, even though I have been taught that stocking up saves money. Now,I am only buying what I will use within 1 – 2 days. It was a real shift, as you say, but I am finding that my food storage leads to highest levels of waste.

    I can smell the freshly baked bread through the wires. 🙂

  2. I like this Turkey trip!, You are posting a lot.

  3. I remember trips to the grocery store when I was first overseas and I made the mistake of using a shopping cart. It was quite a difficult trip home on the bus with all of my groceries. I learned to shop with just a basket so that I knew I’d be able to carry everything home.

  4. @Clanmother, There must be a half-dozen bakeries between our apartment and the subway. I’m working my way through each of them. I haven’t even had a chance yet to try the borek places…

    @hictio, Our temporary move here is providing a lot to explore and write about.

    @scrapper al, When you shop with a basket, you know exactly what you can carry.

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