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Sweet Inspiration: Dessert Travels in Turkey with Cake Gumshoe Nicholas

So, I have a totally sweet customer named Nicholas. He's basically the ideal customer: he comes in and buys stuff, and then tells me all about the delicious sweets he eats when he travels the world. Just looking at his pictures is bound to evoke some seriously sweet wanderlust. Here's what he's eaten recently

The Baklava plate from Karaköy güllüoğlu, Istanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey!

The baklava is from one of the better known baklava places, and one that is well known on TripAdvisor. Had it not been for them, I would have never found it. I have thee name under the picture in my picasa and it's located on the north side of the golden horn (if you find Ayasofia and then cross the nearest bridge you're right by it).

The plate, plus turkish tea, was about $5-6 and the baklava was amazing. Extremely fresh and varying tastes, including the chocolate baklava which tasted like a dark chocolate brownie at it's best with honey. The one right beside it in the picture was a walnut baklava and I wish I had grabbed one extra to get a better shot, but for some reason I was on a pistachio trip (which is a nut I have traditionally not liked). The other three are various levels of pistachio, from some (the triangle) to entirely (the green roll at the end).

Visit the Karaköy güllüoğlu website here.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love Gulluoglu baklava too!!! It's not cloyingly sweet as other baklavas are nor is it drenched in the sugar syrup other brands have... I live in Turkey so I have tasted enough to know that my top baklavas are from Gulluoglu, MADO and NUR.

For you, Turkey should take more than 10 hours to fly to but since they now have a shop in Brooklyn, it should be easy enough for you to grab a taste of Gulluoglu's world renowned baklava. Check out the Brooklyn branch: http://www.yelp.com/biz/gulluoglu-baklava-cafe-new-york.
October 26 | Unregistered CommenterVikki
I went to Istanbul last May and I loved it, It's a beautiful city, the food is gorgeous, it also looks amazing, mouth-watering. I took very beautiful pictures of it. And i'll definitely visit the city again. I love Bakhlava, if you ever visit Lebanon, try some bakhlavas, they are the best!!
October 27 | Unregistered CommenterFragolina
The chocolate baklava from Gulluoglu was one of the highlights of my trip to Istanbul last year--it had a, almonst Nutella-like taste. I've been searching high and low for a good recipe to recreate them, but I'm pretty sure I'll end up disappointed!
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