What you should know about Turkish tea

After a meal in Turkey, there is always one more course: tea.
Served in a slim-waisted, elegantly curved glass, the piping-hot liquid is inevitably whisked to the table right after your meal, amber-colored and deeply bitter. This is true whether you are at the local dürüm shack with three low-rise tables or a prize-winning fine dining restaurant.
In addition to simply being a popular beverage, tea is both a daily routine and bonding agent. Frequent visitors of Grand Bazaar know very well that a kind tea offering comes from the shop owners even if you don’t buy anything. Dinner parties at Turkish households always end with a couple rounds of tea – in fact, the host starts brewing tea right after or even before dinner.

Trivia about tea in Turkey:

Tea glass shape: Resembling a tulip, the Turkish tea glass is designed to cool the upper part of tea fast while keeping the lower part hot.
Teaspoon: Since the tea glass is special to Turkey, the teaspoon, çay kasigi, is also a special shape, smaller than the one the rest of the world calls a teaspoon. The standard global teaspoon is called a tatli kasigi (dessert spoon) in Turkey.
The color of tea: To imply that tea is well brewed, Turks call the color of tea tavsan kani or blood of the rabbit.

How to dine like Istanbulites from the 1920s, Belle Epoque à Pasha

If you enjoyed our 1895 Ottoman Guide in the last issue, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to sample this golden Istanbul era for yourself (as we playfully suggested), here’s a piece of good news. ?
Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and has opened a pop-up restaurant to showcase the glamour of the 1920s, back when the hotel first began to make its place in Istanbul’s history.
To do this, the kitchen has wiped the dust from one of its very first menus and is serving up a culinary journey into time. Set up in the hotel’s ballroom, this project aims to provide an authentic experience in decor, along with fascinating antique photos displayed around the dining room. ??
A five-course tasting menu includes beef bourguignon as its main dish highlight. To find out what else is on offer, reserve your table for dinner soon. ?

Upcoming Events

22nd World Petroleum Congress

Turkey has won the bid to host the 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in 2017, widely recognized as the `Olympics` of the oil and gas industry. 
"This time – Istanbul!” was the motto for the Turkish delegation as they faced the USA with Houston, Kazakhstan with Astana, and Denmark with Copenhagen in the election to host the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in 2017.
In a tightly run competition, Istanbul won the right to host the prestigious Congress with 55% of the votes in the third round against its strongest rival Houston with 45%. Turkey participated the Council meeting in Calgary, where the elections were held, with students, experts, Turkish National Committee and the government delegation, including the Deputy Energy Minister of Turkey.
All candidates had been conducting an extensive lobbying campaign from January 2013. They visited many of the 70 WPC member countries in person to promote their bids to host the prestigious event. As the “Olympics” of the oil and gas sector, the Congress attracts large attendances with over 6000 delegates, 500 CEOs, 50 Ministers and around 25,000 visitors for the World Petroleum Exhibition, one of the largest strategic oil and gas expos in the world. http://www.22wpc.com/22wpc.php

45th Istanbul Music Festival

The Istanbul Music Festival returns for its 45th year under the theme of "unusual," from May 29 to June 21. This year the festival is featuring new works and performances by iconic names including Philip Glass, the London Chamber Orchestra, Víkingur Ólafsson, Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, Fazil Say, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. A range of beautiful and atmospheric concert venues, such as the Hagia Irene, the Galata Mevlevihanesi, and the Bogaziçi University Albert Long Hall are hosting the events. 
For the full program and ticket information, visit the festival website. http://muzik.iksv.org/en/program

24th Istanbul Jazz Festival

The Istanbul Jazz Festival returns for another glorious year of jazz talent from all countries and styles of the world - this year on July 4-20. The festival will feature over 200 performers in around 20 venues across the city. World music, funk, blues, and rock performances will all contribute to this palette of jazz influences, with highlights including an all-star tribute to Paco de Lucia, young vocal star Kandance Springs, European jazz master Nik Bärtsch, American jazzman Christian McBride, and Fatoumata Diawara with Hindi Zahra.
See the full Programme on the IKSV website: http://caz.iksv.org/en/program

Hotels News

Six Senses Hotel / Kaplankaya

Six Senses Kaplankaya is nestled in the breathtaking natural beauty of this ancient land. Undulating hills clad in evergreens, wild olives and cypresses amplify the invitation extended by warm breezes and the turquoise sea’s gently lapping waves. Presenting a robust mosaic of architecture, history and art, the resort is within easy reach of many archeological sites including two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Currently managed by Six Senses and open for the summer season, the resort will undergo an exciting transformation later this year. Guests will be welcomed with interior enhancements reflecting Six Senses style, upgraded gardens and landscaping plus many not-to-be-missed experiences in 2018.

Paramount Hotels Resort / Bodrum

Nestled along an exclusive beach on the coast of Bodrum, The Bodrum by Paramount Hotels & Resorts offers scenic views of the azure Aegean Sea. The resort is set on one of the most spectacular bays of the peninsula in Zeytinlikahve Mevkii, covering 110,000 square meters.
Among the hotel features is a collection of distinctive culinary experiences, lounges and bars as well as the Pause wellness and fitness center including 12 treatment rooms, high-end retail boutiques, the Kids Studio Club equipped with mini telescopes to engage children in astronomy, and more than 70 resort and private pools.

The Bodrum by Paramount Hotels & Resorts property sits just 10 km away from Downtown Bodrum where historical sights, market places, and a lively nightlife await to be discovered.

For more information, for group bookings, exclusive events and more or for any exclusive services for your groups, just contact Mr Hasan Dinç at turkey@euromic.com