A deliriously sweet nest of honey and pistachios. Home-style eats at the first place I discovered by gut: Hayvore in the Beyoglu.

Hello readers and friends!

This is an update to let you know where you can find me eating and drinking around for the next several days. For years I have been wanting to visit and finally the stars aligned for me to impulsively buy a ticket and book a room to just…go!

I had a friend from back home mention they were going and a couple pals there I’ve been wanting to catch up with…so I said why the hell not? This is the beauty of being in Europe!

My philosophy around traveling is that I usually don’t have a plan and I try my best not to plan anything. I enjoy wandering around, getting lost, making friends randomly, leaving my phone behind and not touching a map (unless it’s time to go home and I’ve exhausted all my social skills). I believe in organic interactions with the world. When we plan things, those scenes that become our life stories are more contrived.

However, it has also been a resolution of mine to find balance and to be slightly more organized to fully maximize these sorts of opportunities. So I bit the bullet and bought a couple guidebooks, maps, got some sage advice from my friend Georgette of Girl in Florence and am closing examining the Istanbul section from Katie Parla. A spot on, and a favorite food writer in Italy. I will do a sort of mix- half just following my gut (no pun intended) and the other half having some sort of structure with expert insider advice. Oh! And I’ll be taking a couple tours. Stay tuned!

Being blessed with a multi-cultural background and coming from a Persian family (well, half of it) I find somethings familiar like drinking yogurt, sweet things with nuts, copious amounts of strong bitter tea and exotic spices. I am like a kid in a candy store.

Curious about Istanbul through my lens and palate? Keep up with curious findings in Istanbul via my Instagram and Facebook page- I’ll be posting here and there throughout the days I am here.

In love of a delicious adventure,

The Curious Appetite

p.s. I’ll be writing up a proper digestion of my travels including the tours I have planned. Stay in the loop by subscribing to my blog for the next press! Scroll back up there and sign up- thank you!

2 Comments on Curious Appetite…in Istanbul!

  1. GirlinFlorence
    April 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Glad you made it out there and that you got all of the advice you needed ;-). Can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • Curious Appetite
      April 4, 2015 at 12:00 am (9 years ago)

      OMG! I’m such a ditz- I didn’t mention all your AMAZING suggestions! You know what’s funny is that when you originally sent me your tips, I jumped on contacting the tours and didn’t have time to look at the others. Now I looked at the foodie ones you gave and I went to some of them already i.e. Van Kahvaltı Evi- great minds think alike! Now I’m going to hunt down the others you gave. Cheers, bella!


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