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Scarce items in Istanbul? Good gifts to bring?

 
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EileenKirkland



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Location: Seattle, Washington

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Scarce items in Istanbul? Good gifts to bring? Reply with quote

I'm visiting Istanbul and would love suggestions on things that are hard to find or make particularly good small gifts. I'm from Seattle, Washington. (No Applet's & Cotlets! = Turkish delight Wink
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Qaaolchoura



Joined: 10 Oct 2008
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Location: 21 miles from the Syrian border

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they sell maple sugar candy in Seattle? I'm from Massachusetts, and given the fondness most Turks have for sweets, I plan to bring some over next time I return home. (It's like New England's answer to baklava.)

If you're dealing with foreigners, I can say that pork sausage (salami, pepperoni, and whatnot) is also something that many of us will bring back when we go to a foreign country, and I know one person who brought back bacon. (I'm pretty sure that cured, sealed sausages are OK to bring in, but not sure about the bacon.)

I'd also suggest that if you're picky about toiletries, you might bring some with you. For example I have an aluminum allergy, but deodorant without it is almost impossible to find in Turkey. Oh, and if you use it bring Sudafed, since you need a prescription to buy it here.

You might also consider bringing dried cranberries—those are a fruit that most Turks haven't even heard of, as I learned when I did a unit on Thanksgiving. Maybe little packets of crasins or something?

Well, those are my thoughts. By and large you can find almost anything in Istanbul if you look hard enough (even bacon, though it's wicked expensive), excepting perishable foods for which Turks haven't developed a taste.

Regards,
~Q
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EileenKirkland



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I appreciate your reply Smile
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