I plan to do a reoccurring food series while we’re in Turkey, but why wait? There is delicious Turkish cuisine to be had right here in the Twin Cities.
The Black Sea Restaurant is a charming, tiny restaurant in St. Paul. Last night, we took our fellow Turkey teachers there for dinner. The couple that owns and runs the joint moved from Akçaabat, Turkey (which, as you may expect, is right on the Black Sea). When we said we are moving to Ankara, Ali tried to convince us into moving to a quieter part of the country. Ankara just has too many people for his liking.
I ordered the Iskender Kebab because the description intrigued me: lamb and beef döner meat with a hot sauce/yogurt mixture on top of pita. Turkish people like to put yogurt in foods that I am not accustomed to yet, but I can say the meal was delicious. I finished off the meal with Kahve, or Turkish coffee. I enjoyed the Turkish coffee, which is notoriously strong. I’m a coffee lover, so I expect to drink plenty (Turkey is big on tea as well) while I’m there but I may need to acclimate my body slowly.
Twin Cities folks, you should make a point of checking it out. I’m sure you could convince me to go again.