Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tea Time in Turkey
There's a pretty elaborate set up for making tea and keeping it warm. See that samovar below? Well, it has a charcoal brazier under the pot and a silver urn to keep the water warm. A special tea waiter will come to your table, lite the coals, wait till everything is just right, make your tea and then put it on top of the samovar. You then add hot water from the urn to your taste - WOW, such work. But tea is serious business here.
If your tea is not prepared for you at your table. It is brought on these wonderful little birdcage style trays. Sometimes you will see waiters walking across four lanes of traffic or wading through acres of beach chairs swinging a little tray of tea glasses.
Of course you don't have to drink tea. Here is Kirk having coffee in the Grand Bazaar. It's also an elaborate service with really thick Turkish Coffee, a small pitcher of hot water, a small pitcher of almond syrup, and then a small bud vase. Enough to keep him occupied while I went shopping!!
Have you ever had Turkish Tea?? If not,, you should try it!