Alpha Auer is making a food guide for a conference in Istanbul, and her blogpost about it is quite interesting:
'We are a perfectly normal, civilized nation that enjoys good food, good wine (or raki) and a a good time in general as much as the next crowd. We are not cruel Janissaries, who like to tear people’s heads off. We are not poor! This last one especially. Yes, Turkey was in the economic doldrums until a decade or so ago and we were in terrible shape. Since 2000 things have been changing so fast that economists are getting worried and there is talk about cooling down the growth rate. Which is currently second only to the one of China, at least as far as I know. And no, it is not some small, secluded elite either that is enjoying all the goodies: Close to 5 million cars in Istanbul, hardly any of them over 5 years old.'
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