Byzantine Cuisine and Dining Tradition

Byzantine Empire, also known as Eastern Roman Empire, controlled the area of comprising present-day Turkey for more than one thousand years (330 – 1453 CE). As an empire living such a long time in this geography would develop a rich food culture. And yet, Byzantine cuisine has been a mystery for scholars, cooks, and the general public, because cookbooks surviving from the Byzantines are very rare. Regarding the Byzantine cuisine and dining tradition, scholars usually make deductions with the help of written sources and works of art such as, paintings, icons, frescoes, and so on. In this post, we would like to introduce you Byzantine cuisine and dining tradition of the Byzantines.

Throwback Turkish Songs #4 | Mavi Işıklar – Aşk Çiçeği (Shocking Blue – Send Me a Postcard)

Last week we brought up a Turkish cover of a Beatles song. Covers and Turkish versions of well-known English songs were very popular in the late 60s and throughout the 70s. Mavi Işıklar (Blue Lights) was one of the leaders of this genre and they covered the songs of Beatles, The Cedars, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and many others.

Throwback Turkish Songs #3 | Zümrüt – Ne Zormuş Unutmak (Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night) | 1971

Zümrüt – Ne Zormuş Unutmak (Cover: Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night) | 1971

Zümrüt was popular in Turkey in late 60s and throughout the 70s mainly due to her covers from famous English songs. Her famous work “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” (How Hard It was to Forget) is a cover from Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” that was released in 1964. Enjoy it!

Zümrüt, 60lı yılların sonunda ve 70ler boyunca Türkçe’ye aranjmanladığı şarkılar sebebiyle oldukça popülerleşmişti. Beatles’ın 1964 senesinde yayınladığı “A Hard Day’s Night” (Zor Bir Günün Gecesi) parçasının aranjmanı olan “Ne Zormuş Unutmak” Zümrüt’ün en önemli parçalarından birisidir. İyi dinlemeler!

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Alican Kutlay
Archaeologist and art historian based in Istanbul. Istanbul and Turkish Psychedelic Music geek. #ListenToTurkishPsychedelic

Famous Writers Who Visited Istanbul

There are lots of foreign writers who visited Istanbul and left there mark. Here, we will list here six of our favourites to give you an idea of the Istanbul influence.

Istanbul has always been an outstanding travel destination. But beside adventurous voyagers who want to see Istanbul’s charm, there have also been lots of creative people who hoped Istanbul would inspire their artistic minds. Writers who took notes during their visits or those who created artworks influenced by their visits allow us to see Istanbul’s power on the imagination. Istanbul has its own legacy of Turkish writers, but there are lots of foreign writers who visited Istanbul and left there mark. Here, we will list here six of our favourites to give you an idea of the Istanbul influence.