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Romantic Cooking Class and Dinner at an Outdoor Cafe

Duration: 6 hours
Budget: $60

Get your hands dirty together at a cozy outdoor cooking class in Istanbul. Learn traditional Turkish dishes from a local chef. After the class, savor the fruits of your labor in a romantic dinner under the stunning November sky.

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  • Start your day early by heading to the farmer's market. Choose your ingredients for the cooking class while enjoying the vibrant ambiance of the market.
  • Proceed to the outdoor cooking class venue. Enjoy a 3-hour cooking class with a charming local chef teaching you the intricacies of Turkish cuisine. The tranquility and beauty of the outdoor environment make the learning experience even more romantic.
  • After cooking, partake in a well-deserved outdoor feast. The combination of the food you lovingly prepared together and the stunning atmosphere creates an enchanting climax to your date. The beautiful November sky provides a breathtaking backdrop to your romantic dinner.

Preparation steps:

  • Research outdoor cooking classes in İstanbul and secure spots for you and your partner. Study the public transportation routes to the class and farmer's market, or arrange for a taxi if preferred.
  • To make the experience more authentic, research traditional Turkish dishes you may want to try cooking. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients so you know what to look for in the market.
  • Pack lightly but remember to bring a comfortable pair of shoes (you'll be standing and cooking), and a light jacket or shawl (for the crisp November evening). Organize your budget taking into account the transportation, cooking class, ingredient cost, and perhaps a souvenir or two from the market.

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Some tips:

  • Don't worry too much about the weather forecast. Outdoor venues in İstanbul typically provide heating and cover to facilitate outdoor activities even in November.
  • Feel free to interact with the local vendors at the market, but remember language might be a barrier. Using simple words, gestures, and a smile goes a long way.
  • The dishes you learn to cook in the class could be a starting point for new culinary adventures at home. Consider this an opportunity to develop a shared hobby and keep the romance alive long after the date is over.

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