Thursday, March 14, 2024

ISTより Mar.2024

またまたイスタンブールに来ています。
これで今年のトルコ3回連続訪問はおしまいで、来月はネコ当番&パスポート更新です。

この記事を書いているのは一泊過ごした翌日。雨は降っていなくても曇り空。
でも今後は天候が回復する模様で、傘いらず♪

久しぶりに、ノスタルジっク・トラムバイにも乗りました。
今の時期は観光客が少なめで快適です。

今回からのお泊まりは…インタコです。
この『共和国戦士の像』の向こう側、ゲジ公園のところに聳え立っています。

同じ5つ星でも、クラウンプラザとは断然レベチです。
さすが IHG ポイントを倍費やすだけの事はあります。

で… アテネでもそうだったんだけど、何故かインタコに泊まると、スッポンポンの時にハウスキーパーがやってきます。昨夜は全裸でウソコしていたら、ターンダウンサービスが来ました。

バスタオル一枚巻きつけてドアを開けたら… 案の定ハウスキーパーがドン引き。(笑)
ベッドメイクはいらぬ。と伝えたら…こんなに一杯、お水を置いて行ってくれました。

儂のバスタオル姿って、新妻裸エプロン並みの攻撃力でしょうか?w

その後、トルコの先生とイタリアンに夕食へ。インタコの周囲はレストランが豊富♪
リングイーネのカルボナーラを試しましたが、とてもサッパリした風味。
なぜなら… ここはイスラム圏なので、豚のベーコンは使ってないのぢゃ!
以下がウエイターくんとの問答。

「ねぇ、カルボナーラにベーコン入っているの?」
「ここムスリムの国ですよ!豚なんか出てくるわけないっしょ!

ウエイターくん… 半ギレで返事してくれました。
どんだけ豚を嫌気しているかが如実に出ていて面白い。(ぉぃぉぃ)

結果、子牛のハムが使ってあるカルボナーラを初めて食べました。
ベーコンやパンチェッタが入っていないと、すごくあっさり風味。
これはこれで美味しいけれど、風味に深さが足りない気がする。

あと、カルボナーラなのに黒胡椒が全くかかっていません。
胡椒がかかっていないと伝えたら… 白胡椒の瓶をくれました。(苦笑)

そして翌朝の朝食ブッフェ。ちょっとヨーグルトを取りに行った隙に…テーブルに 泥水 が。
シェフさんが、トーフのミソスープを作って持ってきてくださいました。
儂が席に戻った途端に、支配人さんがドヤ顔で挨拶に来てくださるし…。

前回は昨年9月だったから、半年ぶりなのに。みんな覚えていてくれて嬉しい。
ただ、ブイヨンカップとスプーンでおみおつけをいただくのは凄い違和感。
(結局、しまいにはブイヨンカップの取っ手を持って直飲みしました)

朝食の違和感の煽りを受けて、風呂屋の後は うどにゃー さんで天麩羅定食を。
安心・安定の日本食で落ち着きます。インタコから徒歩数分なのも嬉しい。
きっとこの記事を書いた後も、トルコの先生と一緒に夕食へ行くと思います。

インタコのクラブラウンジは、やっぱり豪華ですよ。
店名そのものも『ベランダ』になっていて、開放的で心地よいです。

ここのウエイターくん達もみんなお互いに顔を覚えていて、待遇が良い。

昨日の午後ティーでは、この三段重ねが出てきました。
パンパニコルみたいな黒パンの上にサーモンやチーズ。あとは甘いものがどっさり。

今日は うどにゃー さんに寄った直後だったので、流石に無理。
カプチーノだけでお願いしたら… ウエイターくんに凄く悲しそうな顔をされました。
これが、さっきいただいたカプチーノ。ビスコッティは有り難く頂戴しました。

来週水曜に帰国しますが、それまではイスタンブールを堪能するつもり。
帰宅して、無事にパスポート更新が終わったら、その次は半年ぶりの訪日です♪

6 comments:

  1. This is a completely unrelated comment to Istanbul, but this morning, 'Limited quantity, limited time, Kame Shizuku Gen 1800ml 20 degrees Imo Shochu Kyo-ya Shuzo 2 jars' arrived at our clinic. According to the brewery's website, 'Gen' means 'black' or 'profound,' and as the name suggests, 'Organic Shochu Kame Shizuku Gen' is made by blending three types of original sake to create an exquisite and profound flavor.
    Similar to other shochus from this brewery, it should have a smooth and refreshing finish, combining richness and lightness. I plan to bring it home immediately, chill it in the cellar, and enjoy it straight or on the rocks.

    Thank you very much for your kindness, I am truly grateful. Oh, of course, I handed one jar to Doi-sensei before I forgot (lol).

    Anyway, thank you!

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    1. Yamada Denki sensei,

      I also got an email from Dr. Doi. Thank you.
      Hope the 2024 millésimé of Kame Shizuku “Kuro” matches your taste.

      Wish you guys have great Ohanami season and see you in two months!

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  2. It seems you're back in Istanbul once again. You've been leading quite a global life, haven't you? Perhaps there's a bit of Turkish blood flowing in your veins?
    If this marks the end of your third consecutive visit, by now you must be in California, busy with cat duties and passport renewal?

    Certainly, reading your travel blog, I sense your knack for bringing good weather along with you. Even though it seems cloudy that day, you managed to evade the rain. You must have been born under a lucky star after all.
    On the other hand, there's me, who often jumps to conclusions like "It should be fine today," and ends up getting caught in a downpour without an umbrella. I'm not so much a rainmaker as much as I simply lack foresight for the future, I suppose.

    By the way, about this tram, judging solely from the images, while the track width seems decent, the width of the vehicles doesn't appear to be all that wide. I wonder if it's intentional due to the tram's running on relatively narrow lanes?
    You might have seen the Okayama city streetcars which also traverse quite narrow paths. Consequently, there are quite a few narrow stops, with only a "green area inside the yellow line" on the road indicating the stop. About twenty years ago, there was an accident involving a large number of people, prompting considerations for improvement, but it seems that hasn't been realized.
    Incidents of people falling into the waterways and drowning persist, and ever since you pointed it out, I've been realizing day by day just how eerie this town of Okayama can be.

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  3. Certainly, even under the same IHG brand, there is a noticeable difference between InterContinental and Crowne Plaza.

    In my perception, InterContinental is considered the pinnacle within IHG, possibly even regionally. It's luxurious, high-end, and often lives up to its price tag. On the other hand, Crowne Plaza, while slightly inferior to InterContinental, is still luxurious enough. It's like a slightly downgraded version of InterContinental, definitely a step up from Holiday Inn. Your opinion, having stayed frequently at both, would likely offer more detailed insights.

    It's interesting that both the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza in Istanbul are rated five stars. Yet, redeeming IHG points at InterContinental requires twice as many points as at Crowne Plaza.
    For instance, searching for a one-night Reward Night stay on May 31st shows Crowne Plaza - ANA Hotel Okayama at 13,000 points, while InterContinental The Strings Tokyo requires 61,000 points. This discrepancy seems more a reflection of the urban-rural divide rather than just brand differences. It's almost comical to compare them, given the vast disparity (lol).

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  4. By the way, regarding the turn-down service, I've only experienced that service in quite high-end hotels in Tokyo. I believe the purpose of the turn-down service is to relax the guests and ensure they have a sound sleep. Dimming the lights in the room and creating a pre-sleep atmosphere seem to be done for that purpose.
    There was one time when I was already tired and dozed off, and then the turn-down service arrived, which actually hindered my falling asleep. Well, they probably didn't expect guests to be sleeping so early, but it would be a welcome service if they came when I was already out of the room. It's like when traditional Japanese inns time the setting of the futon during dinner; it feels appreciative.

    If you were to open the door wrapped in just a bath towel... As expected, the housekeeper was shocked. But technically, since they've rented out that room to the guest, whatever attire the guest chooses to wear inside the room is their own business. It's funny to think that the housekeeper would be shocked.

    But seriously, "newlywed naked apron"... I think I've seen that kind of adult video a few times before (lol).

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  5. You tried Ringuine Carbonara but found it to have a very refreshing flavor because... Well, that is an Islamic area, so they don't use pork bacon.
    As a piece of my knowledge, in Islam, consuming pork is prohibited by the teachings of the Quran and Hadiths. Pork is considered impure in Islam, hence not only pork itself but also processed products like ham, sausage, and even lard are forbidden. I knew about this prohibition, but when you asked, "Hey, does Carbonara have bacon in it?" and the waiter responded with a half-annoyed tone, "This is a Muslim country! Of course, there's no pork!" it really showed a strong aversion towards pork.
    This kind of sensitivity doesn't quite resonate with typical Japanese like me. I used to casually think, despite the religious prohibition, do they actually want to eat pork? However, it seems they not only don't want to eat it but also dislike even thinking about it.

    As a result, you tried Carbonara made with veal ham for the first time, and while you found it to be very light in flavor without the bacon or pancetta, you also somewhat understand the feeling that it lacks depth in flavor. Being originally from Kansai, I often eat okonomiyaki, and I prefer topping it with cheap and greasy pork belly rather than beef, as it gives a stickier, oilier sensation.

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