Did you know that it was the Turks who first introduced coffee to Europe in the 1500s? The ruling Ottoman Empire first gave coffee, or Kahve as it's known in Turkey, to the Italians and from there it saw a rise in popularity, with coffee houses quickly becoming a familiar sight in many European countries. … Continue reading Turkish Kahve
Like every country, Turkey has a set of social rules to live by. Here are a few to start on you on your way... 1. Don’t leave too early If you leave before midnight it means that you think your hosts haven't done a good job. Turkish people typically enjoy extended visits, talking and drinking … Continue reading Twelve Unspoken Turkish Rules You Might Not Know
Turkish cooking is renowned for its sweet, syrupy desserts like baklava and şekerpare but is equally famous for this more peculiar offerings, such as its cheesy dessert from the southeast of Turkey called Künefe, and Tavuk göğsü, a Turkish dessert (milk pudding) made with chicken meat. Künefe is a crispy, cheese-filled dessert made with kadayıf. … Continue reading Peculiar Desserts of Turkey
Eid ul-Fitr is a three-day celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. But do you know what it all means? Well, I am sure you are aware that Muslim people across the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. It is the month in which the Qu’ran to was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed and, … Continue reading A Celebration of Solidarity, Friendship and Good Fortune…
Turks love to meet new people and are incredibly socialable! In Turkey, tradition holds that any stranger to arrive on your doorstep is considered “God’s guest” for at least three days. Hospitality is one of the cornerstones of the Turkish way of life. Each and every individual feels honour bound to treat his guest in … Continue reading Be Prepared for a Big Turkish Welcome!