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Istanbul in Summer!!!

I have spent my first day in Istanbul with my mother and sister. We did some shopping and from there we went to have a lunch at “Papermoon”. The Milanese restaurant that opened in Istanbul, and since had a great success. It is located by “Akmerkez”, which is one of the first shopping malls in Istanbul. Whenever I visit the city, I need to have lunch there with my girls. My lunch is generally composed of lots of wine, and “Spaghetti alla Bottarga”, (botargo) which is a cured fish roe delicacy. I love it so much that even if it is not on the menu, I ask the chef to make it for me… and guess what this is Turkey, where service is the key word, so I always have it

This time, as I have spend so much time in Italy eating pasta in all its shapes and ways, I decided to change and took a “Carpaccio of Pesce Spada” (swordfish carpaccio) followed by a “Cotoletta Milanese”, the classical breaded veal that you can also call Wienerschnitzel. But let’s admit sounds less sexy and appealing.

So after having good food, good wine, watching the Istanbul socialites having their lunch, we left the restaurant to continue our errands. And go back to our hotels for some rest.

In the evening I was meeting some friends at Biber, which is a bar, restaurant where you can taste good wines or drinks while nibbling tapas. It is situated in Sortie
For the ones who have never been to Istanbul in summer and saw those spots let me try to describe it for you. Imagine a great space by the Bosporus, in the middle of the space you have a big lounge bar, and around you have 4 – 5 restaurants. And each year great restaurants rent for summer those spaces (no kidding, they have to afford the rent…) and Biber is on the right of the main Bar, just by the water.

Biber is the hot spot this summer, everybody goes for happy hour and stays until wee hours, and I understood why… Service great, music and crowd great. Great selection of wine and yummy food…. And the best? It is not expensive!!!! So no kidding it is the happening spot, they found the secret 😉
So after staying there for a very long time, we decided to leave but were not ready to sleep yet… and some of us were hungry after all that chatting and drinks. So we took a cab and went to Kircicegi, which is in Ortakoy. It is a restaurant open 24/7, and has the best pide. The best way to describe a pide is Turkish folded pizza, the fold the pastry like a little boat and they fill in with whatever you want. The best combinations starts with Kasar cheese (Turkish parmesan), and then you add sucuk (Turkish spicy sausage) or pastirma (Turkish cured beef), or simply ground beef… I mean you have thousands of possibilities, and they are all yummy yum yum…

To sum it all, another “healthy” day, lots of food, lots of drinks and lots of shopping… but guess what, it is the pleasure of life…. so it is worth it. I would be healthy again when the sun would go away. And it is a crime to not eat in Turkey, and a bigger crime to not drink when you are with friends… and well you know me and shopping ;)))

Last night I continued celebrating the beautiful days. Joined my friends for drinks and then we went to have dinner at “The Cottage”. I know I keep complaining about their service, but the food is really decent and I like their terrace. And also we were planning to attempt to Red Zone party.

Red Zone party is organized every last Saturday of the month, at the event room of the Hotel Richmond. My friends had heard that the DJ is great and that for a change the age group is higher than 25 and something… So we had organized a table, and were quite excited to check it out. Once we arrived to the entrance, we saw two huge queues, one for regular people, and the other for VIP. So let me ask you again, isn’t the purpose of booking a table and being a VIP, not waiting in line? I don’t remember last time I waited in line to go to a party, come on are we 15??? When we asked how come there was a line, the bouncer, who had no idea of anything told us, well we are taking our time to place every person to their table. So I started to look at the people waiting… nothing that impressive and young
So in few words, age group: young, there is a line….kids waiting in line for a

3 Responses to “Istanbul in Summer!!!”

  1. Papermoon, biber, kir cicegi, shopping ….perfect weekend. Especially the food in Istanbul is one of the major reasons why I go to Istanbul that often. But Nathalie’s way of Istanbul is soo great and fun. I did it for a couple of times…can never forget…U are fantastic.

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