During our visit to Istanbul, I took a private 2-hour cooking class with Chef Hatice and Ozgür at Olive Anatolian restaurant. After the class, Dan and I went back to our hotel room, showered, and returned to the restaurant to eat the meal I had prepared.
Connecting with people is one of the main reasons to travel. It’s why I opened an Instagram account.
Cooking is an international language. My love of cooking gave us a lot to talk about. It was so much fun to learn the culinary similarities and differences. It was also so nice to share this time and Smile with Chef Hatice and Ozgür!
Once when I was in a restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela, I asked the waiter if the chef was Peruvian. The chef later came out to meet me, so surprised that I could tell by his cooking!
In Istanbul, connecting with people felt very challenging at first, even though Istanbul has always been the city where I’ve had the most Instagram followers!
My Instagram Followers by City
- Read about our experience with culture shock…
- Learn how we finally connected with people…
- See how my meal came out!
I highly recommend Olive Anatolian restaurant for the great food and the breathtaking views of the Bosphorus River and the Hagia Sophia!