Monday, July 5, 2010

Breakfast by Kucuksu

Just about directly to the Bosphorus from my apartment, is our local palace, Kucuksu. The direct translation of the name is "small water". This is a lovely little palace that is now open as a museum. It was originally used as a hunting lodge, when hunts took place in the forested hills behind the palace. The palace sits right on the Bosphorus, so it was easy to get to, from the larger palaces on the European side. Visitors cannot take pictures inside the palace, so you will miss seeing the rooms - 4 on each floor, decorated with sitting room furniture. All the rooms are sitting rooms - no bedrooms. They did not stay overnight here during the hunts.

One pier adjacent to Kucuksu is not open for human traffic,

but another is, and that is where I attempted to have lunch. It was 11:30 a.m. and lots of people were eating. Well, they were only serving breadkast and when I asked for a menu, they said they had no menu. That is typical. Breakfast would always be standard fare made with bread, cheese and olives. So I ordered feta cheese tost. Tost is like grilled cheese, without the butter. And I ordered cherry juice and olives.

I was too late to get a peach colored tablecloth, but I did get peach juice instead of cherry, kashir cheese tost instead of feta, feta cheese on the side, and of course, breakfast olives.

Afiyet olsun!

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