Baklava, Upcoming Events & New Openings...

6 types of baklava that will surprise you:

First comes a crackling sound of crisp, thin phyllo, and then delicious syrup flows from between the layers. This is the beautiful allure of baklava.
You have most likely tried a classic version, filled with pistachios or walnuts. However, there are more variations of this heavenly dessert, and each one offers a different journey to the sweet lands. We have rounded up our favorites below to help you embark on your next baklava journey.

Kuru baklava
The name kuru (dry) may suggest a lack of moisture. However, it merely has less syrup than the original, and more pistachio. This gives kuru baklava a lighter yet more intense flavor. It also has a longer shelf life, perfect if you want to grab a box on your way home or send someone a gift.

Çikolatali Baklava
Why not combine two out-of-this-world desserts and make something new and great? Çikolatali baklava (baklava filled with chocolate) is the modern meeting of these two delicious universes, and should be on your to-try list.

Havuç dilimi baklava
For those who promise themselves just one piece of baklava, go for havuç dilimi baklava (baklava sliced in shape of carrots). The generally larger slices (filled with classic nuts) are incredibly satisfying. It's also the most popular dessert at the end of a feast at Nusr-et Steakhouse.

Söbiyet looks like a folded handkerchief and what it hides inside is a delicious surprise, kaymak (clotted cream.) Next time you visit a baklava house, you can cheat on baklava for a little extra kaymak.

Yaprak söbiyet
Imagine the thinnest layers of baklava phyllo in the shape of söbiyet mentioned above. Now stuff it with pistachios and cream, until it's close to bursting. Just the thought of it can make your mouth water, right? Picture yourself eating it...

Sütlü Nuriye
What if we put milk instead of syrup inside baklava? It would be called sütlü Nuriye. One story says this dessert came out during hard times in 80's Turkey to cut back on sugar consumption. Since people liked the output, it stuck around

Upcoming Events

The FIBA EuroBasket 2017
From August 31st to September 17th, 2017.

This organization brings together Europe's best 24 men's national teams.
The Group Phase of the event will take place in four countries - Finland (Group A), Israel (Group B), Romania (Group C) and Turkey (Group D).
Istanbul will host the Final Phase.

24 countries will participate in the event, playing in groups of six. The four best teams in each group will advance to play a single-elimination knockout stage.
The Group D Games; Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Great Britain, Belgium are playing played in the Fenerbahce Arena - Atasehir and the Final Phase will take place in the Sinan Erdem Sports Hall - Ataköy.

Be the first to support your team and be a part of the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 excitement.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
From September 12th to 17th, 2017.

Returns to Istanbul for five days to showcase the latest collections for 2017 with prominent homegrown talents
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul (MBFWI) will kicked off at Zorlu Performing Arts Center (PSM) and is Turkey's biggest international fashion event.
Organized every year in spring and fall in accordance with the international fashion calendar, the event aims to have Turkey's fashion design power take the world by storm.

The Core Istanbul, the fashion week's commercial branch unites the Spring/Summer 2017 collections of brands and designers with national and international buyers.

The 15th Istanbul Biennial
From September 16th to November 12th, 2017.

The 15th edition of the biennial will be curated by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset.

Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen, dr.h.c. and Ingar Dragset, dr.h.c.) are an artist duo who have worked together since 1995.
Their artistic practice spans many genres, including installation, sculpture, performance, and theater.
Their work has been included in the Istanbul (2013, 2011, 2001), Liverpool (2012), Singapore (2011), Moscow (2011, 2007), Venice (2009, 2003), Gwangju (2006, 2002), São Paulo (2002), and Berlin (1998) biennials.
The artists were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2000 and won the Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin in 2002.
In 2012, Elmgreen & Dragset were selected for London's Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. They were awarded honorary doctorates at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2015.

The 2017 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Between October 10th & 15th, 2017.

Organized traditionally by Turkish Cycling Federation, Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started in 1963 as “Marmara Tour,” it gained an international status for the first time in 1965 and included within the sponsorship of Presidential Office in 1966.
In its 53rd year, the tour will be organized under 8 stages between October 10 and 15, 2017.

Unique intercontinental cycling tour of the world will witness high-level competition of world-renowned athletes and teams in 2016. Just as since 2008 up to now, Presidential Turkish Cycling Tour reaches a wide access network throughout the world by means of live and recorded broadcasts through national and international prestigious channels, mainly Eurosport, in more than 120 countries in this year as well.

Istanbul Marathon
November 12th, 2017

At the beginning, the main intention was simply to organize a marathon event. Being a unique city in terms of history and geography, Istanbul deserved a unique marathon. Despite the financial and logistical problems, an initial project was set up for the “Eurasia Marathon”.
In 1978, the officials were informed that a group of German tourists would visit Istanbul the next year, who ran marathons in the countries they visited, the Nile Marathon in Egypt being the most recent race they participated. It was then decided to realize the Eurasia Marathon project.
Having solved the problems with the course and the traffic, the organizers invited the elite Turkish athletes to the event as well. Finally, all preparations were completed and the marathoners whom 34 of them were from the 74-person tourist group gathered at the starting point, 700 meters behind the Bosporus Bridge on that historical day.
Thus, the Bosporus Bridge witnessed a marathon for the first time in its history, which the runners crossed from Asia to Europe. That was the beginning of an important event.
Being organized for 30 years, one of the most important features of the Eurasia Marathon is that it aims friendship and peace since day one. The race course changed three times over the years, therefore winning times vary in those periods.
Well known athletes such as Ian Thompson and Terry Mitchell participated in the Eurasia Marathon, which also became a testing ground for Turkish athletes, many of whom went on to run at international races.

New Openings

Mürver Restaurant

This newly-opened restaurant proves that the open fire cooking concept works well not only on camping grounds, but also on top of a five-star hotel in the center of Istanbul.
Mürver is the newest brainchild of the acclaimed Istanbul chef Mehmet Gürs.
His signature eatery, Mikla, has been awarded raving reviews by both the local and international community; knowing this, it is easy to have high expectations for Mürver. The setting alone resembles Mikla: a hotel rooftop, a Bosphorus view, and a bar and lounge alongside the dining area–and this is where the resemblance comes to an end. Mürver is a much-welcomed departure from Mikla's fine dining setup, which is noticeable from the lack of white tablecloth on the tables and the open, stove-dominated area where the culinary magic happens.
Mürver's setup also allows curious diners to take a peek into the back of the house, which sends them a message of honesty and accessibility. The same message applies to the menu price range that situates it amongst places more suitable for a casual after-work unwind.
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Banyan Tree Bodrum is Coming...

Luxury Hotel and Private Villa Residence Resort Opening Soon in Yalikavak, Bodrum,
The Singapore headquartered luxury hotel and resort operator Banyan Tree Holdings is opening its first residential resort hotel in Turkey and has chosen a fantastic sea front location in the increasingly popular Aegean resort of Yalikavak on Bodrum's glittering peninsula.
Banyan Tree's deserved reputation for combining luxury with sustainability has seen them grow into a global brand with 30 resorts spanning across 28 countries.
Seeking to expand and grow in new markets, Banyan Tree selected Turkey as an area to invest in as it believes that Bodrum, a place renowned for its fabulous coastline, resorts and beaches, will continue to attract "large numbers of national and international travelers."
The project, opening in Bodrum in 2018, is a first step into Europe for Banyan Tree luxury resorts who are well known internationally in prestigious locations such as Maldives, Mauritius, Thailand, Seychelles, and Bali to name a few.

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