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Toto, I’ve A Feeling We’re Not In Istanbul Anymore

Toward the end of my Istanbul stay, I ate at a restaurant famous for its shish kebab. I ordered chicken. It came with rice, an overflowing plate of greens, bread, and ezme, a tomato and pepper salad. Total cost: $5.

Last night, craving Turkish food, I went to a nearby restaurant. I eyed the chicken shish on the menu, thinking of how in the not so recent past, long before I even planned my trip, that was my favorite menu item. As I recalled it came with a dollop of rice, tiny salad, and bread. Total cost: $13.

Granted, it was cheaper than a flight to Istanbul to eat at my new special place. But still not the same, so instead I had a chicken doner sandwich–roasted, sliced spiced chicken with lots of salad rolled up in a foot long lavash.

Delish, but…

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

I mean, Istanbul.



I am a rather obscure 14th C. poet, whose work has been translated into over thirty dialects of gibberish. I now spend my days translating from the gibberish into English and back again, as need be.

6 thoughts on “Toto, I’ve A Feeling We’re Not In Istanbul Anymore

  1. Once you’ve tasted the “true original”–anything else won’t taste the same! It must be the natural spices and seasonings and meat they have in Istanbul. . .Glad you were able to enjoy the true flavours of Istanbul, Eva! 🙂

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