Annalisa Bandalera is a very knowledgeable “foodie” who is an expert on foods from around the world and all the Open Markets throughout the State of Oaxaca. I attended one of her “Market” lectures at the library and when this event was offered I immediately signed up. She grew up in a small town in Maryland with parents from the Philippines and Italy. I assume that is where she learned her Spanish language.
Oax-Turquía DinnerUSD $15 or MXN $270 (both accepted)January 23, 2016 7 p.m. (sold-out)Set MenuAppetizer:Turkish MezzeKuru Paltican Dolma – stuffed dried eggplant which I, lovingly, hand carried back from my last trip to Istanbul.Gavurdağı Salatası – Salad of Criollo tomatoes finished with pomegranate syrup and pecans. It is quite possible to make pomegranate syrup, but currently is not the season for the fruit, so another item from Istanbul. Pomegranate syrup has been a life changer.Salatalık Maydanoz Salatası – Cucumber Parsley SaladLabneh Balls – Herbed yogurt balls. Not quite Turkish, but from the region, and this is fusion! Yogurt plays a large part in Turkish cuisine and the meal would not be complete without a representation.Mezze accompanied with pide – homemade Turkish flat breadMain Course:Izmir Köfte – pork meatballs served with potatoes, peppers and carrots. Izmir is a region in Turkey that is well renowned for its gastronomy. There are as many varieties of köfte as there are of mole, or as some say, as many varieties as grandmothers cooking them, respectively.Barbunya Pilaki – Turkish Baked Beans spiced not spicy ayocote beans slow cooked in a traditional Oaxacan cazuela.Accompanied with Basmati Rice – Corn doesn’t quite go with the meal, so I’ll go with rice from outside the region, and call it artistic license.Dessert:Sütlaç – Rice puddingIncludes: Agua del día and Turkish tea (another item, lovingly, hand carried from Istanbul).Mexican craft beers and mineral water available for purchase.Service not included.Note:The meal is gluten free apart from the Turkish Pide and meatballs, and there will be gluten free options available. Please advise in advance if you would like a gluten free menu.Some menu items may change due to availability of criollo ingredients. Additionally, the meat will be hormone and antibiotic free.
I was booked for the Saturday evening dinner. I took the bus to Llano Park where I was impressed with a Espresso-mobile Cafe on three wheels…very efficient but no time to try it out.
Annalisa’s apartment was up on the hill above the Santo Domingo Plaza that was packed with young people doing their thing. You remember that…don’t you?