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“best thing we did on our trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Turkish Flavours

Turkish Flavours
Feneryolu - KadIkoy, Istanbul 34724, Turkey
+90 532 218 0653
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Ranked #27 of 543 Activities in Istanbul
Type: Classes/Workshops, Classes
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Owner description: If you’re a foodie visiting Istanbul,Turkish Flavours organizes food tours visiting markets on two continents - Europe and Asia with lunch, street food tours, sailing tours to the Prince's Island and many more delicious experiences. You can also join Selin,experience a Turkish cooking class at her home kitchen and taste what you have cooked! Turkish Flavours coordinates Explore Turkish Flavours tours delivering unforgettable experiences and an insight into Turkish food & way of life,throughout Turkey,
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
San Francisco
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“best thing we did on our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

there is so much to do in Istanbul, that it might seem hard to spend most of a day in a cooking class but we were so glad we did. Day started with spice tasting in Spice Market. It was great because going into one of those places can be overwhelming. We really liked the shop we visited and bought tons of spices you can't find in the US. Then Selin personally escorted us to Asian side where her husband picked us up. We spent a beautifully sunny afternoon in her gorgeously decorated apartment surrounded by trees and tweeting birds, cooking 6-7 dishes (mezes, main course split belly eggplant and incredibly pilaf dish). Everything, needless to say, was super deliciously. We ate like pigs and they took us back to ferry and even provided a token and instructions on how to do it. So, much more than a typical cooking class, a bit of immersion into a real Istanbul neighborhood and a good intro to markets of this amazing city. Don't skip the big sites but you will go nuts waiting in the endless lines. Do some interactive travel like this to balance out the Disneyland like lines at Topkapi and other sites. Another thing we really, really enjoyed was the ebru marbling paint class taught at Caferaga Medressesi by a master painter Josh.

Visited May 2014
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“Very nice experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We went on both the Cooking class and the gastronomic tour and it was great fun . The Cooking class was very nice learning several turkish recipes in a friendly and cosy home environment . The Market tour was great because our guide Taciser not only was extremely nice but also very helpful and knowledgeable of everything related with Istambul and its food . If you go to Istambul do this!

Visited May 2014
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“Loved this experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I have been wanting to take a cooking class in a foreign country for awhile. I'm gad this is the one we chose! Selin was very interesting to talk to and very knowledgeable about Turkish food. I have already replicated several recipes as they were quite simple. The rest of the group were also fun and we enjoyed drinking wine and eating our amazing creations! We had vegetarian per another guests request and the food was outstanding! Must take this class if in Istanbul.

Visited April 2014
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Alice Springs, Australia
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“okie dokie artichokey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Huge thank you to Selin and Taria for today's thorough yet relaxed and fun spice tour and cooking class. The take home recipe book is excellent and covers so many traditional Turkish dishes. and excellent news for vegetarians...most of the recipes are vegetarian or could be easily adapted. The whole day was incredibly informative, well paced and totally delicious.
Special thanks for picking up artichoke hearts at my last minute request and for showing us to cook them. A fresh spring feast. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Fantastic and Delicious Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We did the Spice Bazaar and Kadikoy Market tour over the weekend and spent six hours exploring the backstreets and delicious food of Istanbul with Taciser. We learned loads about the history of Istanbul, visited a stunning hidden little Mosque and tried so many different (and delicious) foods including street food, ingredients / spices at market stalls and an enormous lunch with loads of different courses. Most importantly, Taciser was absolutely lovely, had answers for all of our questions and was heaps of fun to spend the day with. We had an absolutely fantastic day - the tour was one of the highlights of our trip and we would highly recommend it. Thanks for a fabulous day Taciser!

Visited April 2014
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