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Bursa Kılıç-Kalkan Evi
How to Spend 4 Hours in Bursa

Yesterday my family and I spent about four hours in Bursa. We decided to stop there to have a look around while driving from Istanbul to Izmir. We’re glad we did because it’s a fascinating place to visit.


Categories: Travel
What is Turşu?

Turşu translates to “pickle” in English and Turks pronounce it like “tour-shoo.” The word refers to any pickled vegetable, not just cucumbers. Turşu is an essential side dish served alongside certain types of main dishes in Turkey.

Ayse Anil

Categories: Food
Olive Grove
Olive Picking in Manisa

The Aegean region is famous for its olives, figs, grapes, cotton, and tobacco. One of our closest friends’ family owns an olive grove, and we joined them last Autumn to help harvest olives. First, we laid down large sheets below the olive trees to collect the olives.

Ayse Anil

Categories: Activity
Turkish Honey
Turkish Word for Honey

Following are some helpful translations from Turkish to English for words relating to bees, honey and honey production. Turkish English Notes arı bee Note the vowel “ı” at the end of arı arı kovanı beehive More specific than “kovan” arıcı beekeeper Also apiarist bal honey kovan hive Kovan may also translate into other words petek […]


Categories: Food
What is Keşkek?

Keşkek is pronounced /kesh-kek/ in English. It is a hearty porridge-like dish that people in Western Turkey serve at weddings, circumcision celebrations, and religious holidays. Keşkek is made of cracked wheat or barley and meat or chicken.


Categories: Food