One of the things I like most about living and eating in Queens is the diversity of cultures and their respective food-ways. There’s literally a new treat waiting to be discovered around every corner. Some of my tastiest finds come from long walks through various neighborhoods. Not all are meals, many fall squarely into the snack category, like the ispanakli gözleme I happened upon at Sunny Grocery, a Turkish market in Sunnyside.
If you guessed that ispanakli gözleme is the Turkish cousin of the Greek spanakopita, give yourself five food anthropologist points. The Turkish take on spinach pie is more of a flatbread than a flaky pastry, though. Traditionally ispanakli gözleme is cooked over a griddle called saç. I’m not quite sure how Sunny Grocery cooks theirs, all I know is that the dimpled brown semicircle filled with spinach and a touch of salty Turkish cheese and herbs makes for a great mid-afternoon snack. And, it’s a real bargain at $2.50. I washed mine down with a bottle of pomegranate soda.
Here’s a look at the innards of the ispanakli gözleme. Next time I’m in the neighborhood I’ll have to try the meat and cheese varieties. They were sold out when I stopped in, otherwise I would have bought all three making for a Turkish trifecta.
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