"The answer is Raki...but what was the Question?" Istanbul Favorite Tip by beatle74

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  Raki - Cheese and sunset in Istanbul
by beatle74

Favorite thing: Turkish meyhane's are great people likes to go that kind of places all the time. For winter time my favourite places are Galata Meyhanesi (in Beyoglu) and Imroz in Nevizade str. in Beyoglu. For summer anywhere in Balik Pazari. (Fish bazaar in Beyoglu)

For drinking raki there are some little things that you should follow for civility. And raki is culture in Turkey, so it's better for you to learn some of them before have a dinner in meyhane with your friends.
The best way to enjoy raki (the Turkish national drink, also known as "Lion's Milk"), is with thin, cylindrical glasses and cold (about 8-10 degrees Celsius). One can drink it straight or with water, soda, or mineral water.
Although raki, which is a distilled alcoholic beverage strongly aromatized with anise-seed, can be consumed as a cocktail, more commonly it is preferred with "meze" (Turkish hors d'oeuvres and appetizers) such as Russian salad, garlic sauce, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, cold-cuts, fried vegetables and pastries, cold yogurt soup, brains, shrimp, mussels vinaigrette. These are usually followed by entrees such as shish kebab, mixed grilled meats, steak, fish (pan-fried, grilled, or oven-baked) and, finally, fruits and deserts. The type of fruit does not matter and it can be any kind, depending on the season. The overwhelming favorite among the Turks, to accompany raki, is the combination of melon and feta-cheese. (best way!!!)
Don't drink raki if you are starwing, don't drink too fast. You can think that everything allright after a few glasses of raki, but when your head starts to turn all around the table.....can be too late! :)

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  • Written Sep 30, 2002
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