Keyif is a special word in the Turkish language, and describes a state of mental being which is roughly translated to ''taking great pleasure in one's activity.'' Keyf Restaurant in Yalikavak derives its name from ''keyif'' and is the perfect venue for sheer pleasure. The informal seating is located directly in front of the local fishing boats with a refreshing breeze from the sea. The calamari is divine, and one serving of the local smoked herring is never enough. Best of all, the friendly service means that even this fussy diner can ask for odd requests without hesitation.
Another great spring function in Bodrum debuted last month with the Bodrum Herb Festival.
With the intention of focusing on local greens, traditional recipes and protecting indigineous seeds and plants, the festival took place in Yalikciftlik over the course of two days. Highlights included a local market, home-made herb pastries and cakes, and a chef's cook-off.
What many of us consıder weeds are actually a staple part of the local diet, including wild asparagus, thistle roots, dock, stinging nettles, mustard greens, and chickweed. These vegetables and herbs are frequently a highlight of our Blue Cruise organic menu, with clients asking what the tasty greens are.
Blogger Annie Onursan, one of the very first persons to market gulet charters in Turkey in the mid 80s, wrote about the festival on her blog.
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