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Traditional Turkish Cooking Class

Duration: 4 hours
Budget: $80

A hands-on cooking class experience where couples get to learn traditional Turkish cooking in a family-run kitchen. You'll be taught by a local chef who will guide you through the sophisticated flavors and unique techniques of Turkish cuisine. This communal cooking experience not only gives you the skills to recreate these tasty dishes at your own home but also provides you the opportunity to engage in a cultural exchange right in the heart of Turkey.

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  • Kick-off your date by making your way to a local family-run kitchen, where you and your partner will be greeted by the warm and friendly chef. You will start with a brief introduction to Turkish cuisine, its rich history, and famous dishes.
  • Next, the chef will guide you through the preparation, cooking, and presentation of several traditional Turkish dishes. You'll be involved in every step from chopping vegetables to stirring in the exotic herbs and spices that give Turkish cuisine its distinctive flavors.
  • Finally, sit down and savor the meal you've painstakingly prepared. Together, you can reflect on your culinary journey and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Preparation steps:

  • It's strongly recommended that you dress comfortably and wear suitable footwear as you'll be standing for a few hours cooking. Be sure to also bring an apron if you have one, or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit messy.
  • If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, make sure to inform the venue ahead of time so they can accommodate your needs. This ensures a more enjoyable cooking experience.
  • Excited to recreate the dishes at home? Bring a notepad and pen to jot down recipes, notes, and chef's tips! Don't forget to bring your can-do attitude and your appetite.

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Some tips:

  • Make the date memorable by picking up some Turkish spices from a local market to use when you recreate the dishes at home. This way, you can bring a piece of this unique cultural experience with you.
  • Remember that the key to cooking is patience and communication. Just like in your relationship, these two aspects play a significant role in cooking. Use this opportunity to learn how to work better together.
  • Don't stress too much about getting the dish perfectly right. The fun is in the process of learning and spending time together. The perfect photo for your Instagram feed is just a bonus!

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