Today my spouse and I set out to 'do Turkish breakfast' as a christening of our first weekend here in Ankara. We chose a swanky little cafe that my spouse fell in love with last summer. Café des Café is a sweet, French-inspired restaurant located in the chic Çankaya district. It's no more than a 10 minute walk from our gorgeous top-floor flat, which makes it an ideal brunch spot for us on any given lazy summer Sunday. Or, well, Saturday, too, for that matter. Café des Café recently added its open brunch buffet - açik büfe in Turkish - to its Saturday repertoire as well. Saturdays from 9:30AM-1PM or Sundays from 10AM-2PM, anyone can enjoy this lavish Turkish breakfast spread.
One of my spouse's Turkish favorites is pogaça. Pogaça is a well-loved breakfast staple, so much so that Turkish moms all across the country take pride in making their own at home. Pogaça is usually stuffed with an herbed, crumbly white cheese. These pillowy, buttery leavened breads pair perfectly with eggs, sunny-side up or boiled (the two most common breakfast egg dishes). Look for my own pogaça recipe to come!
Lastly, orange juice and traditional black Turkish tea - çay - is limitless - sīnīrsīz. Anything limitless has me by the heartstrings. I had to try everything once, even though I knew we would return for brunch another weekend, and now my heart is content knowing I sampled all of Café des Cafés' various savory and sweet goods (and my belly is still full as I write this blog post 4 hours later). Afiyet olsun dostlarīm!