• The Mundane Everyday Things…

    September 3rd, 2010adminEconomy, Food, Mundane Everyday

    Bulk packs of çay (or "chai" in English) sold at a grocery down the road from my apartment.

    This grocery store isn’t special. Or extraordinary. It’s just the local market down the road from my apartment. But, for that reason, it’s interesting, specifically because it’s not the biggest and best. It’s just an average market — a place where locals buy çay (tea), şeker (sugar), lavaş (pita-type bread), peynir (cheese), yoğurt (yogurt) and other Turkish kitchen staples.

    Yogurt is serious business in the Eastern Mediterranean countries. Turkey is no exception. My breakfast favorite is as follows: yogurt, muesli and chopped peach. Yes, it is common to find muesli in Turkish markets. I assume this came about with the influx of Turkish migrants in Germany, who first arrived in the 1960s.

    If you’re interested, check out the prices. How do they compare with hometown prices in, say, San Francisco or New York? Food is cheaper here. The markets aren’t dirt cheap. But things are generally much more affordable, especially when you convert from dollars to Turkish liras!

    A wonderful reminder that Dorothy is not in Kansas anymore. Divine figs and dried fruits.

    As a side note, I’ll be taking a short trip to Bulgaria soon — probably Sofia. So, look out for pictures in the weeks to come!

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