Authentic dishes of Istanbul
Did you know that Istanbul is one of the chosen European Capitals of Culture for 2010 and to celebrate in Sydney the Istanbul-style restaurant Efendy in alliance with the Turkish Embassy and Turkish Airlines will be helping to showcase the cuisine of this wonderful city throughout the year. Starting with a variety of programs from April to December with a full focus during October SIFF’10.
Want to be a guest food blogger at Efendy?
I'm helping Efendy to introduce and highlight the culinary journey of one of the most ancient capitals with a 'Streets of Istanbul' Food Bloggers Dinner Event on Easter Sunday 4 April 2010. If you're a food blogger that would love the opportunity to be a guest in sampling plenty of authentic and tasty Turkish dishes for free then please let me know your available and leave a comment below with your food blog details and include what Dinner and Dessert dish from the Efendy menu you would most want to try and why. Five lucky food bloggers will be selected to be a guest of Efendy for the night. This lucky draw competition finishes on the Sunday 28 March, 2010 at 11:59pm AEST. You must be 18 years or over. Only 1 person per blog, so if you have multiple contributors you'll need to decide who will come if you're a winner. If you're not available to come on the night but still really interested in other events then please still make a comment and let me know and I'll keep you in mind for other behind-the-scenes events planned to visit Turkish suppliers of Efendy.
Efendy want to create a menu to reflect the cuisine of Istanbul for this very exciting event for food bloggers which at this stage will include cold mezes, hot mezes, mains, dessert mezes, Turkish coffee and Apple Tea and plenty of raki (Turkish national alcoholic drink) to try. Please find below some dishes I enjoyed at a breakfast while discussing details about the event. The rose petal jam is amazingly delicious and I really enjoyed the crispy Pacanga Boregi with tasty ingredients. The Black Sea style pancake with figs and walnuts in red grape syrup was not overly sweet and complimented the fresh figs. The Haloumi was nicely seasoned and some of the best I've tried. The Poached eggs in garlic yoghurt, had a nice taste although I'm not used to their being so much yoghurt which made it quite rich but apparently that's the traditional way it's served. The Turkish delight is from the Real Turkish Delight shop in Auburn, check out YAYA's YUM YUMs blog about it — it's so much better than that packaged stuff you get.
Other visits to Efendy:
• 4 April 2010 - 'Meze Journery to Istanbul' Food Bloggers Dinner Event
• 28 March 2010 - Turkish Meze, Apple tea, Baklava, Dana Sarma, Fava, Hamsi Marine, Kadayifli Karides, Kazandibi, Koc Yumurtasi, Kofte, Kuzu Tandir, Milky gullachPacanga Boregi, Patlican Salatasi, Pilic Sarma, Saksuka, Yeni Raki
• 6 March 2010 - Breakfast Meze, Incir Kaygana, Pacanga Boregi, Sucuk, Turkish delight
• 26 July 2009 - Kiymali, Sucuklu, Omlet, Kaygana
PROS: Authentic dishes
CONS: Raki is very strong
MUST TRY: Everything on offer
SIMON FAVOURITE :-)
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