Welcome to another post from Dani's Logbook: Destination Istanbul and Beyond! I know I have a long blog name and not so easy to find via google or other search engines, but slowly I am finding my way and readers are finding me - I hope!
As a "newbie" blogger - since July 4, 2011... I have come to realize blogging is an addiction and a fun one at that if you enjoy writing - which I do.. and it is my profession as well, but at least "here" I can say what is exactly on my mind without being editted!
Now... let's get back to our subject: Bebek Bar!
|View of Bebek Hotel from Bebek Bar|
Compared to the other "chi chi" and trendy places in Bebek, Bebek Bar can seem "stuffy"... a little too traditional... definitely with an older crowd... frequented by many tourists and expats... a snack bar menu that pretty much hasn't changed that much through the years ... soft music in the background... not that cheap... but overall, I love to visit Bebek Bar from time to time to just "chill out" and enjoy a nice, tranquil afternoon with a glass of wine and some finger food!
As we munched away, chatted and soaked in the view... the pigeons, which are fixtures at Bebek Bar lay in wait hoping for some tidbits... which of course they got as we are unable to finish the dishes!
All in all.. it was a lovely afternoon. The bill came to 117 TL after I ordered another glass of wine and tea for mom and an espresso for me... I added a 10 TL tip (10% is the norm in Istanbul).
|Mom and me|
On the right hand side is Starbucks, Divan Brasserie and my all time favorite seafood restaurant Bebek Balıkçısı (www.bebekbalikcisi.net). It is definitely expensive, but worth every penny and reservations are defintely required.. especially if you want to sit on the deck.
|Divan Brasserie (front) & Bebek Balıkçısı (rear)|
Finally, just before leaving Bebek Bar, I ran across the street to Santral Şarküteri (deli) to pick up some of their wonderful homemade meze (appetizers) for mom. I got her eggplant salad and cold stuffed grape leaves and both are divine...not to mention their other appetizers. Their prices are higher than other places, but once again worth it. Besides the appetizers, they have an excellent selection of Turkish and international cheeses along with International products to include sauces, cereals, soups and more. They also sell alcoholic beverages. (Tel: (0212) 263 63 52)
I dropped mom off at home... went home and picked up Luka and took him to Ortaköy - felt bad I had to leave him at home. I had written a post about Ortaköy before if you would like to read out this area. Just will say that even though Istanbul was very quiet during the holidays, I think anyone who didn't leave town headed to Ortaköy because it was packed with Turks and tourists alike!