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Istanbul -NYC-MA-VT-ONT-MI-IL, A Sinner and an Angel on Pilgrimage

Istanbul -NYC-MA-VT-ONT-MI-IL, A Sinner and an Angel on Pilgrimage

Nov 5th, 2012, 01:33 PM
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I hope y'all do not mind if I finish off this trip report on a foodie note in addition to some more thanks.

We loved meeting Jubilada and SO, VtTraveler and DH, dhfrost and DH at Brattleboro. We enjoyed the company, the conversation, the mystique and the mystery.

We had a terrific two days at Pittsfield with our hosts Andy and Sue, the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, their friends and the congregation of the First Church of Christ.

Meeting Aduchamp again, now a throwback to Tolkien apparently and in dire circumstances whom we support with our best wishes, despite the choppesd liver he forced on us was a great treat.

Doug Beube, his studio and His art was outstanding and deserved a longer visit and definitely a purchase we could not afford.

Toasting my recently deceased cousin concert pianist Husnu (Alex) Onaran with his New York friends on upper West Side for dinner was an occasion to stay with us for too many reasons.

The friendly passport officers between US and Canada both ways put us to shame for criticizing the ones at JFK who made us wait three hours because they all went out to dinner leaving only two functional booths, upon our arrival.

More thanks go to all relatives, in-laws and other friends new and old with whom we had lovely moments.

We were generally served well, treated with respect and given decent rooms and upgrades at Hertz car rental and Hilton group hotels and at almost all restaurants.

There were enough people who at least acted as if they understood my jokes.

Eser wa not embarrassed by my behavior or the things I said.

We drove almost two thousand miles with no problems and no tickets.

Eser only went 50% above budget in buying presents to family friends, relatives, daughters, herself.

Now, the harsh part :

We were generally disappointed with the food:
- Cheeseburger in paradise at Secaucus, NJ, just across from our hotel was tasty for the tired couple who had just arrived and who also enjoyed the live music , but almost fell asleep into the fries they could not finish.
- The Italian at Lenox, 2nd Avenue Deli in NY were acceptable as Marina at Brattleboro.
- The "best" deli at Manchester Center, Vt was below not only 2nd Avenue but Carnegie also.
- I do not remeber what we had at Saratoga Springs, so it could not have been good.
- Our best meal of the whole vacation was at Auburn, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
- The steak at Troy, MI was tasty but even my grandmother's slippers would have been tasty if smothered in so much butter and garlic.
- Food at Niagara Falls, ONT is better forgotten. Expensive and touristy.
- Even the very British cafe at Niagara-on-the-lake where we had breakfast served a very mediocre one.
- The Korean in Chicago was good.

At that stage, both Eser and I were suffering from reflux and gastritis from all the mayonnaise dressings, heavy sauces, oils, butters, 3-4 egg omelettes, fried fries, chicken, shrimp; barbecued ribs, jambalaya, gumbo, un-Thai Thai food; huge portions, fatty hamburgers, pasta swimming in sauces, etc.

It took us four days in istanbul and one week regimen of reflux pills to get our appetite back.

I truly appreciate all my friends on the DInner Thread who cook so much at Home, because going out to eat frequently can be so bad for your health in most restaurants in the United States unless you are willing to spend a fortune on a simple salad and a small grill at a "name" restaurant.

Mind you, the taste of some of that fattening, oiled, buttered, sauced, fried, mayoed beyond recognition food is great, but what it does to a delicate system such as mine is too horrible to consider.

I hope that all of you who appeared and/or were mentioned on this thread and those who commented will come to visit us in Istanbul, so that I can cook some very light slightly spiced fusion dishes for your intellectual palates.
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Nov 5th, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Bravo, OC!
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Nov 5th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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perhaps you have found the reason why so many americans rave about french and italian food, OC.

for the first time in their lives, they aren't suffering from indigestion!
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