We share so much about our lives on our blog and social media that it’s hard to keep secrets. But that’s what we had to do when my Dad arranged a family reunion to celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday. For nearly a year we’d been planning it, trying to find the perfect villa to accommodate us along with my uncles, aunts, cousins, and nan, weighing up different locations around the world before finally settling on the small seaside town of Kaş on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
We have a confession: the only tours we really enjoy on our travels are food tours. History just doesn’t interest us that much, but give us a day eating our way around a new city and we’re in heaven. This was especially true in Istanbul where food was a major focus of our trip. The churches, palaces and mosques didn’t excite us as much as the alluring food shops with piles of spices and nuts, the vibrant markets, and the endless plates of vegetarian-friendly meze.
When I started researching Turkish food I got excited. There were so many local vegetarian dishes to try—not something that happens in many places we travel. As I drooled in anticipation I knew food was going to be a big part of our Turkish experience and I wanted to learn more about the cuisine, so I signed us up for one of our favourite travel activities—a cooking class with Delicious Istanbul.
With vibrant bazaar-like markets and creamy pistachio gelato, white sandy beaches and turquoise sea, lush green mountains and rocky coastal hikes, ancient temples and crumbling churches, is it any wonder that despite plans to explore the whole of the island we got stuck in Western Sicily for most of our seven week stay?
Each region of Italy has its own distinctive cuisine and Sicily in particular has plenty of surprises. Bread is topped with sesame seeds, couscous is found next to pasta on menus, raisins turn up in spaghetti, and gelato is eaten stuffed in a brioche bun—for breakfast.