I booked with Culinary Backstreets because of the great reviews, and I am going to re-enforce all the previous great reviews. Hands down it was the highlight of our week in Istanbul. When you consider all the OTHER great stuff there is to see and do in Istanbul, that is a pretty bold statement. We booked the "Two Continents" tour and I highly recommend it. The Asian side of Istanbul seems much more relaxed and spacious than the Europe side. We were met by our guide Senem next to the Galata bridge, met our tour mates and quickly shot down a back alley (backstreets, get it?) to a very "local" restaurant. Within 5 minutes of this tour my expectations had been met, as I was sitting at a table eating local handcrafted delights, served by a super friendly and proud proprietor. That is exactly what is so impossible to do when you are new in a strange city. It just got better from there on out. I especially enjoyed the "Pickle" store where, since 1935 they have been pickling everything you can imagine. Awesome! Best of all, my wife declared it her favorite thing about our Istanbul trip. Because I found it, made me look great!
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