A version of the simit can be found all over Turkey, as well as other nearby countries such as Greece. The simit tradition varies slightly not only from country to country, but city to city and even by neighborhood. Every cart sells the traditional simit, as well as a few other bread products — but none which are as tasty as the classic, in my opinion.
I usually snack on nuts or fruit while traveling, but I found myself going with the flow and biting into a hefty simit every time I got even the slightest pang of hunger. The result? I was pretty full the duration of our stay in Turkey which was not two weeks, but two months!
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