Vegetarianism And Yoga In Istanbul
Posted 12 February 2011 - 12:46 PM
We're transitioning to a happy life here in Turkey. However, there are a few things that would make my girlfriend a happier person if anyone can help us:
1. What are the best options for vegetarians in Turkey, besides "give up?" She's been making do with kumpir, overly pickled salata, lentil çorba, and the occasional improvised vejetariyan ve peynir durum. It's a good start, and now that we have an apartment and kitchen she can cook for herself more often as well. However, being from a very liberal and foodie-centered city in the US (Portland), she's craving more variety and options. Are there any restaurants that cater to vegetarians specifically? Does anywhere in Istanbul sell tofu? Preference would be given to any information concerning the Ortaköy, Beşiktaş, and Taksim areas, but for a solid, filling, creative vegetarian meal I think she'd go anywhere in the city.
2. My girlfriend is also learning to do yoga, and would like to find a studio that she can take classes at. We've found plenty of places online, but have no way of evaluating them and, of course, they presumably teach all of their classes in Turkish. She could conceivably follow along without understanding the spoken instructions, but a class for foreigners would probably be more appropriate. Does anyone have any experience with that, or have suggestions for a website to check out? Once again, those locations would be preferable as we scored a cheap flat in Ortaköy and are working in Taksim, but anything helps.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:08 PM
You could also try "My Istanbul info" into your search engine, I can't get the link to paste, once on the site there is a section for restaurants at the top of the page if you click on that a drop down menu comes up with all the different types of restaurants including veggie ones.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:13 PM
Congrats on getting a flat in Ortakoy, it's nice there!
Found a couple of links from my faves.
Indian restaurant in Sultanhamet
Time Out Listings
I was a vegetarian when I first went to Istanbul, but I soon got bored of the dishes available.................I started to eat meat again!!!
Good luck, I'm sure there's more choice these days tho, and maybe your students could give you some tips.
ooo, good one Abi.
But the 2nd link doesn't work.
1st one is great.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:29 PM
I am not vegetarian but there is a book I use now and then because the recipes are great it is called 'vegetarian kitchen' by Sarah Brown.first published by the BBC in 1984.
As to whether Istanbul sells tofu or not, I would ask in the big markets, or there is a store called MACRO.
I think our Istanbul friends might help you there.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:31 PM
Home cooking is a different matter though, the veg, spices and recipes are great.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:48 PM
Posted 15 February 2011 - 03:36 PM
We brought a few cookbooks (the Moosewood line of books is pretty stellar vegetarian stuff, and I got her one for Christmas, and she got me a really exciting one of African and Middle Eastern cuisine), and our roommate has a few in Turkish that include vegetarian options. Home cooking isn't a problem for us, but it's nice to see some more options for eating out.
Ortaköy is great; we're really enjoying life here. The only complaint is the noise--we're above and around several of those nice bars and clubs that Fil mentions stumbling around, and they have a tendency to go all night. Still, the rent is surprisingly cheap (the lady and I are paying a combined total of 600 TL / month, plus a pittance for utilities), we love our roommate and his girlfriend and friends, and it's a great location. A pair of earplugs go a long way, and we're very happy.
Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:38 PM
Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:07 PM
Dubb, by the way, was incredible--amazing food, very reasonable price (for a fancy dinner out, not yer average kebab on the street), friendly and English-speaking staff, great view of Aya Sofya from the top floor. I highly recommend it to anyone in or visiting Istanbul.
Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:44 PM
Thanks for the feed back on Dubb I will have try it next time I'm in Istanbul.
Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:27 PM
* Cihangir Yoga - all of the yoga instructors know English. They offer a 'community' yoga class for 5TL and special packages for travelers that can't commit to a year long membership. http://www.cihangiry...ntact/?lang=eng
* Parsifal - Vegetarian Restaurant with awesome dolmas, a broccoli pie and homemade bread. http://www.parsifalde.com/
* Zencefil (across the street from Parcifal) & Deep (on the corner of the street towards Taksim Square) are two other vegetarian-friendly restaurants located on the same street with Parcifal.
* Govinda - Offers one vegetarian menu each day of Indian Thali. Normally cheap is even cheaper now - Monday, there is a 50% discount. http://govindaistanbul.com/en/
* Nature & Peace - A vegetarian-friendly restaurant located very close to Govinda. http://www.natureandpeace.com/menu.php
* Pera Thai - They even have tofu! Wow! http://www.perathai.com/
Levent - Kanyon Mall Location:
* Wagamama's - This is an Asian-fusion restaurant from the UK. http://www.wagamama....howlocation/615
* Cooking Alaturka - A Dutch chef owns this restaurant. It is also Istanbul's first Turkish cooking school. It is vegetarian friendly traditional food, just ask and they will prepare any dish to cater to your needs. http://cookingalaturka.com/
* Ciya - Has a lot of different traditional food options for vegetarians, a big salad bar, and you can even eat a vegan durum. http://www.ciya.com...._en.php?contact
Posted 24 December 2011 - 01:53 PM
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