Tag: heritage

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Istanbul In Pictures | Until Dusk Do Us Part

We love travelling and although each place that we’ve visited holds a special charm for me, Istanbul left me spellbound. I found the city absolutely fascinating – a myriad of art, culture, cuisine and religion. It was like a kaleidoscope and put my senses on an overstimulated mode {reminding me very much of Kolkata, the city that I come from}. The charm of old … Read More Istanbul In Pictures | Until Dusk Do Us Part

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A Culinary Journey of Istanbul | From Street Food To Fine Dining

Where do I begin? On the streets of Istanbul? In cafeterias? Or in restaurants? If it is a restaurant, how expensive do you want it to be, or how cheap? Or perhaps one of the random alleys tucked somewhere in the city? Istanbul is definitely a place for foodies. The culinary heritage is reflected by the various influences that has shaped Istanbul’s history. There is … Read More A Culinary Journey of Istanbul | From Street Food To Fine Dining

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Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul | Turkish Meatballs or Izgara Köfte

After spending the entire morning sightseeing in the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul rushing from one historical site to the other, our lunch halt was also in a historical site – the ‘Historical Sultanahmet Meatballs Restaurant’ (the quoted portion is exactly as it says in their website). The promise of the ‘best Izgara Köfte in town’ in a restaurant which originally ‘created’ them, awaited us. Sultanahmet … Read More Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul | Turkish Meatballs or Izgara Köfte

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul | Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes

From the moment we landed in Istanbul to the time we left, the two things that come to mind are the constant servings of Turkish tea and Turkish coffee – everywhere and at all times. This post handles only Turkish tea. Turkish coffee, for me, is too much and too strong to handle. Entering the Grand Bazaar or the Kapali Carsi (Kapalıçarşı, meaning covered … Read More Grand Bazaar, Istanbul | Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes

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The World of Emirati Cuisine And Culture

Tasting traditional Emirati food cooked by the local ladies and sharing a traditional meal together with them while sitting down in a traditional ladies’ majlis/seating, was an amazing experience. The UAE’s expatriate population had till now, a very limited opportunity to know about the Emirati Cuisine, until and unless someone has had the chance to be invited by an Emirati into his/her home. Our … Read More The World of Emirati Cuisine And Culture

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque In Abu Dhabi | A Photo Essay

What better time to visit the Grand Mosque, but now. More than 40,000 people gather here for worship during Eid. This is also one of the few mosques where non-Muslims are permitted to enter. Inspired by Arab, Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture, the design of the mosque is an amalgamation of cultures. Do plan your visit to the mosque around sunset. Arrive much before sunset … Read More Sheikh Zayed Mosque or Grand Mosque In Abu Dhabi | A Photo Essay

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Day Trips From Dubai During Eid Holidays | Part 1

Oh, why can’t we break away from all this, just you and I, and lodge with my fleas in the hills? I mean, flee to my lodge in the hills. ~ S.J. Perelman, Will B. Johnstone, and Arthur Sheekman, Monkey Business A Wildlife Safari, a drive to the East Coast and Friday Market, and a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi It’s … Read More Day Trips From Dubai During Eid Holidays | Part 1

Masqouf in Bait Al Baghdadi | Tasting Iraq’s National Dish

This must be one of the fishiest moments of my life – of course in the most awesome way. Tasting the Masqouf, also known as the Masgûf, is a culinary journey by itself. Located on Al Muteena Street, Deira, Bait Al Baghdadi is not very difficult to find. Bait, which translated into English means ‘home’, leads to the peculiar English name – Al Baghdadi … Read More Masqouf in Bait Al Baghdadi | Tasting Iraq’s National Dish