Part II: The Drinks of Istanbul: The Others...
Salty yogurt, turnip juice, exotic teas, healthy powdered orchid powder with cinnamon, delicious thick coffee, a more-than-respectable beer, very good wine...Istanbul has it all.
See Part I for the juices!
I am absolutely fascinated by these balls of "jasmin tea." ?????
It's not just tea and coffee you can find in Istanbul, it's Lipton and Nescafé (what the locals call American-style coffee)
I have no idea exactly what is offered here, but Vitamin Bars exist throughout the various neighborhoods of Istanbul
No confusion for the tourists--not with neon signs to show--and translate-- the way
This may look like a familiar hot chocolate or even a cappuccino, but it is Turkey's own hot comfort drink: Salep, made from ground up orchid tubers of the Orchis mascula and other species of orchids.
Again, looks can fool you. This looks like comfort drink to me: the beloved agua de jamaica, or hibiscus tea, of Mexico. Wrong, wrong, wrong! It's salty turnip juice! TURNIP JUICE !
...that stretched into the evening.
The Drinks of Istanbul...come enjoy them for yourself. Join me on my Istanbul Tour, May 16 - 23, 2011.
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