Today Huseyin abi and his friend Ali abi picked me in Ali’s Volkswagen Passat. We were off the the nearby coastal village of Karaduvar. Today I met Ali abi for the first time.
Karaduvar is just east of Mersin, the other side of the Free Trade Zone. Karaduvar is also the location of the Atas petroleum refinery, the sight of the fire last weekend. Today I couldn’t see any evidence of the fire as we drove past.
The restaurant, Habid’in Yeri (Habid’s place) was a 2-storey place next to the coastal road. On the other side of the road chidren were swimming in the sea. To the west the port and city of Mersin were visible. A short distance to the east was Karaduvar’s marina.
Ostensibly, the reason for today’s lunch was to celebrate Huseyin’s and my lotto win last weekend. Entreé was fried calamari with tartar sauce. Tomato/cucumber and rocket salads, toasted bread, lemon quarters, green chillis and grilled garlic and onion were also brought out. Ali abi drowned the salads in Nar Eksisi (Pomegranite sauce).
The grilled fish came later. I don’t know the name of the fish but it had a mild, white flesh and was delicious. We chose the fish from fresh the fridge upon entry. After the fish some prawns were brought out. They were okay but nothing like fresh South Aussie prawns.
The traditional drink for such a meal and the drink consumed today was raki. As I didn’t want to be in a car with a drunk driver I only drank one raki and let Huseyin and Ali go on their merry way.
The meal finished with fresh grapes, apricots, watermelon and honeydew melon accompanied by Turkish coffee and then lemon juice with soda (for digestion so I was told).
It was a great, relaxing afternoon with good food in a pleasant location and good company. Well, good, until it came to paying for the bill. It turned out to be Joe’s shout. I didn’t mind paying the 70,000,000 TL as I had a windfall last weekend. I would have appreciated if I had known this before. But, anyway, we all enjoyed ourselves.
As the sober one, I drove back to Mersin. On the outskirts of Mersin the road is under construction with large concrete pipes to be laid. I don’t know why it is happening now, I thought all construction occured just before the election period 😉