Friday, January 24, 2014

Spice Bazaar

 My wife and I had a lot of fun at the Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi, Egyptian Bazaar).  It is right next to the New Mosque.  There is much more than spices.  We found all kinds of dried apricots, figs, olives, hazel nuts, pistachios, curries, peppers, vine leaves, soaps, teas, cinnamon, sun dried tomatoes, fish, sheep’s feet, and much more.   

We have been eating dried apricots all our lives.  In Turkey, we learned that there are also sun dried apricots that are much darker and often misshapen, but are actually much more moist and sweet.  Now we find the bright orange dried apricots much less attractive.  

We had a similar experience with dried figs.  We have always liked dried figs, which are pressed into a regular shape and packed like sardines.  But we discovered in Turkey that some dried figs can be look misshapen but are actually soft, moist and quite sweet.  

The Spice Bazaar is just a lot of fun. In fact, I found it more interesting than the Grand Bazaar, which is bigger and more famous.  Perhaps it is because the Spice Bazaar is more about things that you eat, while the Grand Bazaar seems to be more about things that you wear. 

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