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Budapest today, partly cloudy but warm and sometimes windy. In from of our apartment, a big construction site is going on, sometimes you can see sandy winds. I went Yoga class first time in two month, stretched my muscles well and felt very good.

(Continuing from Fish Festival-1)

After all the judges took seats, Attila went on the stage and started to announce all the judges one by one. I was called as well, as a judge from Japan, I stood up and bowed.

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Finally the food comes!

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Fish soup

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Octopus Salad

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Palamut prepared with tomato and shrimps

Palamut is Atlantic Bonito, about 20-30cm, it looks like a little child of big Bonito in Japan. The end of August is when you start to see Palamut at fish shop in Istanbul, Bonito season! The interesting thing is, in the Turkish language Palamut changes its name depending on the size, just like some Japanese fish like Buri or Hamachi. Most of them are Palamut at fish shops but you sometimes see “Torik” for the Palamut looking fish but in a bigger size about 50cm.

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Stuffed squid

Everything was so delicious…I had to rate them 1-10, but it was too difficult for my tongue to define the points, so on my paper most of the food got 8 or 9.

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Midye Dolma

Midye Dolma – “Stuffed Mussel with Pilaf “is one of the popular Istanbul fast-food and my big favorite food, squeeze the lemon and use the half shell as spoon to shovel the pilaf to mouth, delicious…

More food was coming to the judges’ table.

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Stuffed paprika with seafood

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Seafood Kavarma

Then last chef whose name was Aisha who was a young girl going to cookery school came up front of the judges and made a speech, she was very nervous at this big opportunity, and her voice was shaking.

Her dishes were Midye Dolma and Mackerel.

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Look at this beautiful Midye Dolma!

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And it had nice spices, so delicious, yes it was 10. Mackerel was very good too, there was no strong “Mackerel” smell, she is a great cook!

We were stuffed with good seafood, but the result would be announced at night, so we went for a walk again. One shop owner asked me if I was from Japan, I said Yes, he immediately opened his newspaper in front of me to show me the headlines.

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I had heard that a Japanese football player had just joined the team Galatasaray which is one of three Istanbul footbaal teams. The shop owner told me how much he loves Galatasaray and how strong it will be with this “Samurai” player, well I don’t really speak Turkish, that’s what I understood from his gestures. Then he made a big kiss to Inamoto (News paper). Football unites people!(It looked like...)

There were concerts on the stage and sun went down.

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We again became a bit hungry, so more Midye Dolma (I never get bored) and beer.

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After one drink I suddenly felt so tired from today’s many attractions, so we went home before we heard the result.

Later on, we heard the result. The young girl Aisha actually got highest points, but she is student so she’s got special prize and she was promised a job as chef at one seafood restaurant. So, this year’s prize went to the Fish Burek from Capana Restaurant.

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On the photo you can’t see inside, but there was fish with capers having a beautiful harmony and the flavor was exceptional. I know Bob and Bob Beer rated it high as did I. Maybe we were the judges who made the fish Burek win.
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