August 22, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Food and wine, Travel, Travels in Asia, Travels in Europe

baklava in istanbul

Dear my beloved Baklava,

We’ve known each other for years now. We’ve met at Whole Foods and rendezvoused at fusion foodie spots in San Francisco. Our times together have been special, but nothing compares to our recent fling in Istanbul. I’m in love.

I’m not sure how I’m going to break the news to Jacobo – the news that I want to move away to a Turkish island, wear a muumuu and grow old and gordita on baklava…walnut baklava, pistachio baklava and all those other fancy versions that were too complicated to understand given the language barrier, but that I ate nonetheless. Who needs words anyway…be silent and just eat.

Do you think Jacobo will understand? Maybe he can come too?

Love always,
La Tortuga Viajera

baklava in turkey

11 Responses to “An open letter to Baklava”

  1. Danielle Says:

    I’ve never tried baklava. I’m going to have to fix that!

  2. Erin Says:

    You must! Especially in Turkey!

  3. burcu Says:

    It was surprising to see baklava! I am from Istanbul, living in Madrid, and I do miss baklava a lot! Also, I lived in the US for a long time, and I think baklava in Whole Food’s, while nice, does’t measure up :)) Anyways, enjoy it for me too 🙂

  4. Thristhan Says:

    I’ve yet to try Baklavas, are they sweetish?

  5. Erin Says:

    @burcu – the big question is – have you found good baklava in Madrid??? At this point finding it might be essential to my survival ;). @Thristian – yes, definitely sweet, but with the perfect balance of nuts, filo dough and sugar. They are perfection!

  6. burcu Says:

    No, unfortunately, no luck there 🙁 I make my own when I am in baklava crisis.

  7. Erin Says:

    Umm, burcu, can we pleassssse be friends? I need friends who make baklava 😉

  8. burcu Says:

    sure, but mine is not that good 🙂

  9. Sabrina Says:

    These look yummy! I’ve never been that big of a baklava fan, but seeing these makes me think that I just haven’t tried the real deal yet…

  10. Erin Says:

    Well, you know, I don’t think I was ever a major baklava fan either. Until Istanbul. That changed everything. You MUST try the real deal!!!

  11. TravelByts Says:

    Hola! Someone who is as much in love with Baklava as me. And truth is, the ones in Turkey are just superb. I’ve been dying to have them ever since I came back but no luck, in India too 🙁

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