Greetings from Istanbul! After a whirlwind 11 days in Çeşme, I returned to Istanbul yesterday in the late afternoon with Luka. I do enjoy travelling quite a bit, but I also enjoy coming back home! However, I definitely did not miss the traffic in Istanbul: it took me 45 minutes to fly from Izmir to Istanbul and more than 1 hour to get home from the airport!
Unfortunately, all the running around I did during my vacation caught up with me: I woke up with a miserable cold this morning - to the point, that my brain is all fuzzy and I'm clogged up. If I didn't have to take Luka out for a walk this am, I wouldn't have left the house at all!
It is now about 3:00pm, and I just ordered some food for lunch/dinner from www.yemeksepeti.com as there is absolutely nothing to eat at home. I love this website. You can order pretty much whatever you want as the list of restaurants that are part of this system is very extensive. I had also emptied out the fridge before going away. BUT, if you live in Istanbul, and are in the same shape as I am... then http://online.macrocenter.com.tr will come to your rescue! Macrocenter is an upscale supermarket and thank god they deliver! So, I placed an order to fill up my cabinets and fridge (minimum order is 75 TL) and they will deliver between 5:30pm and 9:00pm. Depending on the time of your order, they have 3 different time intervals for delivery - I missed the early time interval.
Once again - I have gone off course, so now let's get back to Çeşme - day 11! The day before (Wednesday) was my birthday and we were up late, but still got up early - around 9:00am... Luka just does not allow us to sleep in! The eve of my birthday we were at my sister's sister-in-law and husband's house - we were about 12 people... and we had a lovely evening with seafood - baked calamari (to die for!) and fish soup prepared with seabass. I don't believe I've tasted anything this good at a seafood restaurant! We topped off the evening with irmik helva which is prepared with semolina, sugar, pine nuts, butter and some other stuff. We had my "real" birthday cake in the afternoon at my sister's house which was also very good.
After waking up on the morning of Day 11, we decided to once again go to Fun Beach... since I had posted info and pix on this place, I won't repeat myself - except to say - we were a big group including the kids of friends. There are so many beach clubs to choose from in Çeşme, but we like this one because it is very big, the sea is gorgeous, has a good crowd, the food at Palm Restaurant is good and it is not full of people who want to show off their swimwear by changing it every 2 minutes and that do not "sun and swim" with a full face of make-up!
In the evening, we decided to go to Dalyan for dinner. Dalyan is famous for their seafood restaurants - most of which are lined up along the marina on Liman Caddesi (Street). Our choice for this evening was Dalyan Restaurant - a.k.a Cevat'ın Yeri (www.dalyanrestaurant.com).
Cevat'ın Yeri is the largest restaurant in the area with spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas.
As we planned on having fish, we didn't order too many appetizers, but did have the classics... mixed salad (tomatoes, greens, black olives, red onions), white cheese (similar to feta) and melon, eggplant salad and fried calamari. As a main course, some ordered grilled sea bream (çipura), while others ordered fried red mullet (barbunya), grilled dentex (sinarit) and grilled seabass (levrek). We didn't order dessert, but did order several mixed fruit platters.
All in all.. we had a lovely evening, the food and service was very good and it cost us about 100 TL each (including tip).