An amazing day learning to cook Turkish food with a wonderful chef and restaurant owner! Visited the local market first to pick out our fresh produce. Stopped for Turkish coffee and tea on our way to our class. Don't miss this experience! You will LOVE it!!! Thank you Asli! I will never forget this day!!
reviewed by Max N | Jul 2018
The markets were a highlight for me. Relatively uncrowded, the colors of the produce, smells and tastes. Asli made us very comfortable and gave us personal attention, answering all our queries and sharing other recipes. I liked the focus on vegetables, the meal was flavorsome and not heavy. I will be trying some dishes out when I get home.
Asli took us to her restaurant where she taught us how to cook a number of appetizers and a main dish. It was great! Sometimes she demonstrated in her open-air courtyard kitchen, and sometimes we helped with the prep work at a long table inside the restaurant. In the end we all enjoyed an amazing meal at a beautifully-set table in the courtyard. She even made a surprise birthday cake as it happened to be my 50th! The intimate setting, the great cooking info, the new foods, and the feeling that you were among friends (and not just on a tourist excursion), made the whole day magical.
We went to some unusual shops, enjoyed sampling and getting the groceries for the meal. An unexpected trip to a beautiful place for Tea, bread, and preserves. Roosters were walking around the area and families enjoying breakfast together. Beautiful stop. The restaurant where Asala owned and had us cook with her was lovely. An outside kitchen, and dining areas. It was great to sit around together and chop and dice and discuss our different worlds. Sak was an engaging guide. The meal turned out so good. It was nice to share it all together. Really the best tour I had on the Windstar Cruise. My only comment would be I wish the recipies had been given to us. Taking notes didn't do justice to what we enjoyed.