Favorite Snack

Not our favorite snack, but of the local people: Simit.  You can see simit-selling carts like this one parked on many street corners or being pushed by men going down streets yelling “(something) simit”.  I haven’t quite figured out what that first word is yet.  The best description I can give it is dry bread topped with sesame seeds in the shape of a large donut.  People eat it for breakfast, during breaks or when drinking cay (tea) at the pazar (market) after a long afternoon of shopping.

By the way, you can always eat simit with a glass of ayran (next to the water bottles in the picture), another national favorite, which is a (very) salty yogurt drink.  Mark likes ayran, but I have not acquired the taste yet.

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