Happy Friday, yo! It's the end of the week and time to gear up for the weekend. I am recovering from my Bears miserable performance against our hated rivals, the Packers. In spite of the disaster last night, I did have a great week, though.
I want to give a shout out to a really good friend of mine. She is definitely someone you should know, my fellow author and chef extraordinaire, Sloane Taylor. Sloane's got a terrific site, Sweet as Honey...Hotter than Hell that talks books and food, two of my favorite subjects. You can check out her amazing corner of the blogosphere here.Sloane has What's Cooking on Wednesdays and she gives you not only recipes, but full on menus. You don't even have to worry about what to drink with that chicken, because she gives wine suggestions as well. How cool is that?
There is a reason this post is titled Turkish Delights. I had some job-related appointments on Wednesday and finished early so I wandered Chicago's Loop for a bit. I started hearing some really great music and followed the sound to Daley Plaza where I came upon the Turkish Festival. It is part of Chicago's fantastic ongoing program entitled "Go Abroad In Chicago." Each week a country is spotlighted with a festival featuring different cultural events.
It was breathtaking. From the phenomenal music, to the oh-so-tasty food and dancing, I had a blast. I sampled baklava, stuffed grape leaves called sarma and Turkish coffee. There were tents of pottery, jewelry, rugs and other crafts. Check out these pics I took:
Byzantine Provocateur, and talked to people who had lived there, but it was amazing to see this vibrant culture come to life around me. I wanted to climb on a plane right then.
I also witnessed a demonstration by the Whirling Dervishes. It was hypnotic and beautiful the way the men spun themselves round and round to commune with God.
Remember those crafts I mentioned? Just look at this beautiful blue pottery.
And of, course, the carpets.
Have a great weekend and I will be back on Monday