The Footy Will Soon Be On And I’ll Be Watching! (Eat at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER)

As I wrote in my previous post, Port Adelaide is in the AFL grand final this Saturday (beginning in 12 hours). They will play Brisbane, winner of the past 3 premierships and undisputed favourites. Port are going for their 1st AFL premiership whilst Brisbane are trying to extend their AFL record of 3 consecutive premierships. The game will be played in the neutral city of Melbourne.

I was hoping to watch the game, particularly after I found out Fox Sports Middle East was showing it and Turkey received this channel.

On Wednesday night I bribed Orhan with a few beers so I could check for Fox Sports upstairs at his currently abroad Indian neighbour’s place. Via satellite, there were hundreds of channels to choose from. Unfortunately, Fox Sports was not one of these. I was not after several dozen Italian channels, although the ladies on a soccer show were drop-dead gorgeous.

Today, as suspected, I confirmed Fox Sports was part of Digiturk, the leading subscriber television service in Turkey. Nobody I knew had Digiturk and I needed to know someone well if I was to arrive at their place 7am on a Saturday morning to use their lounge room for 4 hours!

My last resort was to call the local Hilton Hotel and ask the Australian manager if I could watch the game there. If I knew the manager was a footy fanatic she would have been my choice.

However, the last resort was not necessary. After eating my lovely leftover vegetables for lunch, I walked the short distance to SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER on Silifke Caddesi. SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER is a largely outdoors restaurant selling fast food (!), including chicken doner, tantuni, hamburgers and lovely fresh fruit juices. I particularly like the tavuk doner at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER as it includes hot chips and a fair amount of salad in the bread with the chicken.

In the last fortnight SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER installed Digiturk, largely for the Turkish soccer games. After confirming Fox Sports was on Digiturk before lunch, I went to SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER and asked the worker with the best English. He confirmed SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER:

1) Do have Fox Sports

2) Will let me watch the game; and

3) They normally open very early and 7/7.30 am should be no problems!

This last point was my main concern.

Eat at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER!

I’m excited to be able to watch the footy. Assuming there is no electricity blackout or other disruption, this will be my first game of footy in Turkey and my first I’ve seen either at the ground or on TV since I left Adelaide in June 2003.

Eat at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER!

What does Sirinler mean in English? Sirinler is the plural of sirin.

Sirin is ‘cute’, ‘sweet’ and ‘pretty’. SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER definitely fit the definition of Sirin!

Eat at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER!

In other news, tomorrow evening I will travel to the coastal village of Karaduvar for a BBQ with Sydney Jane, her Turkish husband and co. This will be the first meeting with Jane of whom I first came into contact via Joe’s Ramblings several months ago. At the BBQ I will either celebrate Port’s victory or drown my sorrows after the loss. I hope it is the former!

Eat at SIRINLER FAST FOOD CENTER! 😉