Cardamom Shortbread

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The colorful bazaars, the beautiful mosques and the gorgeous Bosphorus river; Istanbul is a place filled with culture and never-ending beauty. Last April I had the opportunity to visit this marvelous city and could not get enough of it.

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The Blue Mosque
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Sailing on the Bosphorus

Of course, in addition to the eye-catching architecture and the tourist sites, the next best thing in Istanbul is the Turkish cuisine. Turkish cuisine originated from the Ottoman period and is a fusion of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central Asian and Balkan cuisine.

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Delicious Turkish Delights

We went for dinner at Tugra, a restaurant at Ciragan Palace Kempinski. The food was beyond this world. I tried the lentil and chickpea soup and vegetable skewers with pita. The main ingredients in Turkish food are the fragrant and colorful spices and a good place to find them is the Spice Market.

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Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Lastly, the one thing I loved about Turkey was the Turkish tea. It is the second most consumed beverage in the country, after water! It is generally served without milk in a glass cup.

Today’s post is inspired by tea. While thinking about Turkish tea, I thought I would make something that would be a good tea time snack. Here is the recipe for Cardamom Shortbread.

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Travel Diaries: Mumbai’s Britannia and Co.

Mumbai is described in several ways; from the city that never sleeps to the city of dreams. It is not only the financial capital of India but also the home to Bollywood, the fashion epicenter and the land of amazing food! I spent the last two weeks in Mumbai and had the opportunity to try out everything from street food to the high end restaurants.

          

Mumbai’s street food has been the city’s way of life for decades. Street vendors can be found at every corner of the city, spreading the aroma of delicious street food. In fact Mumbai is filled with streets dedicated to just food stalls; Khau gallis. It is always a treat to bite into Mumbai’s most famous vada pav near Mithibhai College, or take a mouth full of some pani puris.
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And when the time calls, you can enjoy some roadside chai or Irish coffee at Prithvi Cafe.

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