Merhaba and welcome to the new look My Kiki Cake blog and to Bodrum a coastal town in Turkey. My weekend has revolved around me making plenty of amends to my blog, many drinks on Friday night with friends and an awesome dinner at Ms G’s last night with the girls + my brother (blog to come). Now back to Bodrum….
Since we were travelling through the Greek islands, and ferries make it easy to cross over to Turkey we thought it would be nice to spend a few days and experience a different culture, great food and good shopping. We travelled from Kos across to Bodrum with the ferry taking an hour on water. All up the trip takes about four hours as you have to go through passport and customs as you are travelling out of the euro zone.
The port in Bodrum, filled with small fishing boats and luxury yachts. We were told that the rich and famous all come to Bodrum in the summer to holiday which is reflected in some of the amazing hotels and villas that you see when walking around.
A pathway surrounds the port, with the whole area becoming alive at night as people sit out at the restaurants or go for walks around the marina.
Bodrum Castle sits to the right and overlooks the water.
We kept seeing these little food carts throughout Bodrum and thought we should give the street food a try. The mussels are stuffed with aromatic rice and sold to you per piece with a slice of lemon. I was a bit skeptical at first but they tasted so good and were so different to any other mussels I had ever eaten.
During the day we would venture down to Gumbet beach and enjoy the sunshine. The water was beautiful but really warm so not as refreshing as you would hope on a summer’s day.
Selfies with my sister from another mister.
Afternoon shot in Bodrum town, I loved the architecture of all the buildings and houses on the water.
Late afternoon at the beach…
Turkish tea is amazing and I wish I had brought home some of the tea cups that they use. I’m sure I can buy them somewhere in Sydney if I go searching. One night we were offered to sit with a store owner and try apple tea that you can have either hot or cold…it had the most amazing flavour. In the photo is a normal black tea and Ana ordered a Turkish coffee which reminded me exactly of Greek coffee and even came with a glass of chilled water and vanilla mastika (as it is known in Greece).
Walking through Bodrum town we kept trying to spot the biggest doner kebab cooking, I think this one took the cake.
As we were walking along the marina we stopped off at a kebab place for something to eat, unfortunately I didn’t write down the name or any of the details.
Turkish bread to start off with.
On every table was a jar of pickled chillies and chilli powder, this made us both especially happy.
Garden salad to get some greens, yellows and oranges into our diet.
Pide is a Turkish flat bread that comes with a mixture of fillings and would be the Turkish equivalent of pizza. We ordered one to share which had a meat filling with spices, tomato and herbs.
The doner is looking very fancy with potato and tomatoes thrown in.
After seeing so many places we knew we had to share a plate of shaved doner which came with lettuce and tomatoes to eat with the lebanese bread. The meat is extremely tasty and not as oily as I expected.
To finish we got one of the most delicious desserts I know…Kunefe. It is a traditional Arab cheese pastry which is soaked in a sugar syrup with rose water. The cheese gets its crunchy exterior from being covered in kadaifi (angel hair like pastry) and then fried, the cheese inside melts and becomes all stringy, you then lather it in the sugar syrup and bliss will hit your taste buds. This was by far the best Kunefe I have ever had.
Sunset over the marina…so peaceful looking.
That completes my very short post to show off Bodrum. My posts on Mediterranean Europe are nearly done with only Rhodes left to cover. I then have plenty of posts to cover Eastern/Central Europe (Budapest, Prague, Berlin, Munich) where the food and culture takes a complete 360 degree change.
Hope you have had a beautiful weekend. Elveda x x x