his is a very popular dish all over the world originating in Turkey. Historical evidence suggests that it was invented in the kitchen of a palace in Istanbul. Baklava is a sweet pastry made from thin layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts (usually pistachios, walnuts or hazelnuts) and held together by honey or syrup.
Most of us know Baklava already, but never have we had it in the quantities and qualities we found in Istanbul. Soaked in honey and perfectly crunchy we tried baklava in endless varieties and flavors. It was so cheap we had it almost every day. Not only is Baklava an amazing snack and desert, it is also the one thing I ever ate with the best ability to give me an immediate and intense sugar-buzz. When we left Istanbul we were so sugared out we decided to not eat sugar at all for a while ha-ha.
The very first time we had Baklava in Istanbul we sat down in a mosque to eat it. Seconds later this little guy (picture) showed up. Although we were saying politely 'no' to his paper tissues he just kept standing there. Seconds later we were surrounded by little boys yelling and screaming, distracting us while reaching for our pockets (and Baklava). In a moment of panic Alex yelled "WHAT'S THAT?" Pointing upwards and then we grabbed the baklava and ran out of there with the screaming little heard of boys behind us. Quite an experience...