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A Vegetarian’s Guide to Bodrum, Turkey

Vegetarian Mezzes in Bitez @ Bodrum’un Mezecisi

Bodrum is delicious, health-trendy not! If you are into the vegan lifestyle or organic raw or gluten-free diet, Bodrum can’t deliver. We spent two months searching for places that can provide clean health-food but alas, we didn’t have many breakthroughs. Below are reviews of the only two mainly-vegetarian restaurants on the Bodrum peninsula.

KISMET LOKANTASI

Atatürk Bulvarı No: 35 / A Konacık Bodrum, Turkey (Behind Finansbank)
+90 252 319 0096        Hours: 11am-4pm

Open only for lunch, Kismet Lokantasi is the first Slow Food restaurant on the Aegean. Located on a side street in Konacik, a town right outside of the Bodrum harbor, Kismet Lokantasi offers an array of Turkish/Aegean vegetarian dishes.

The restaurant is set up with a collective feel of a canteen– patrons must gesture to the manager what dishes they want from the glass counter. After the manager has written down the order, one must find a place to sit among the communal tables. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. Miraculously, the food arrives at one’s table within minutes — even though the  manager doesn’t give out numbers or take a name!

tomato and eggplant mussaka, shepard salad, chickpea mash, hummus, yoghurt with mint, quinoa bell pepper salad

The scrumptious healthy home-cooked meal is served on small white plates in order for everyone in your party to share and get in on all the flavors. The manager, the waiters and the cashier are all very helpful and rich in smiles. Prices are extremely fair thanks to the fact that this lokontasi (casual restaurant) is only known by locals; in fact, each time we dined here, we were the only foreigners.
Tip: Either get here before noon or after 2:30pm as it gets very busy! Be aware that some of the dishes may already be sold out if you get here in the late afternoon.

Dont Forget! Kismet Lokantasi only serves lunch!

BODRUM’UN MEZECISI

Atatürk Bulvarı No: 35/C Bitez
Bitez, Bodrum, Muğla (Down the street from the famous Bitez Dondurma)
+90 252 363 9500

Tired of eating at restaurants? Head to Bitez to pick up great vegetarian take-out. Like Kismet Lokantasi, Bodrum’un Mezecisi is also part of the slow food movement but rather than serving Aegean dishes, this mezze-deli specializes in Ottoman cuisine. They offer 30 cold mezze dishes daily and one hot dish after 2pm  (at the moment, it’s spinach fritters).  Dishes are priced by weight so you can get exactly as much as you want.

Yes, you can dine-in at this mezze-deli but they prefer if you take out. 

On the plate: Hummus, green beans in olive oil, spicy yoghurt, chinese cabbage, walnut mash

On the plate: Hummus, green beans in olive oil, spicy yoghurt, chinese cabbage, walnut mash

 

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Under Objective Eyes

One of the best things about being around someone that is not family, not of “the same cloth,” is that, if you allow yourself, this person enables you to see your surroundings objectively under new light.

While, for some, it may be painful to see their backyard in reveal, for me, the experience has been one of relief and clarity — my intuition has finally received some sort of back up support!

Now, to the meat (Certified Organic, of course): Every city, neighborhood or house has it’s own culture, unique norms and social constructs. The core of any such assemblage is created by the gradual solidification of a specific belief, often to the effect of the eventual exclusion of others. As of right now, my surroundings largely consist of liberal, highly educated, highly-travelled and well-off individuals.  And put simply, this group of people seem to have bought into the lure of the meme of Organic. To exemplify the extent to which an idea can take over unassumingly, I am going to talk about the community of Organic followers.

The idea of Organic has, in the last few years, become so common—thus so watered down, that it has lost its true meaning. It has been spun by the “socially conscious” into a belief, without them even realizing they are doing so.

I cannot tell you how many times the word, in its noun and adjective forms, comes up in conversation, most often when the topic is not even food. At a recent conference I attended, the word got dropped in almost all of the plenary sessions presented, and let me mention: this was a conference on IMPACT INVESTING!

How many times have I seen my own mother pick up health products, energy drinks, vitamins, oils and supplements JUST BECAUSE they are labeled Organic? Each week a new item comes up, organic garments are woven, new soaps are created and thus she feels, like many others in her community, that she must buy every new thing with that Organic CCOF label.  I have seen how, as the product is replaced by another Organic product, she too will buy that one, use it for a few months and then move onto the next Organic fad.

While buying and “living Organic” is not the worst agenda a group can have, it has made me realize how easily subconscious waves can be spread without ever being seen or processed as such by the entity in focus.

It is fascinating to see hypotheses regurgitated over and over again in this pin pointed group, and to see how do’s become norms and norms because absolutes. And as consolidation of an idea occurs, the confidence in that label morphs into the shunning of those who do not comply with the “rules.”

I agree that health is important, nutrition and exercise are key but, pouring Vanilla CoffeeMate creamer into my guest’s hot mug, instead of the Organic alternative, is not going to kill; it will just shave off a bit of the majority’s untouchability so coveted.

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