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Snapshots from Istanbul: Beyond Baklava

Everyone knows baklava, that pastry which layers crispy phyllo dough with a sweet, nutty filling. But most of us know only the traditional variety: rectangular pastries filled with a mixture of almonds and walnuts. Unsurprisingly, since the sweet dates back to at least the 15th century, there are many more varieties than that. More

Snapshots from Istanbul: 8 Takes on Turkish Delight

Although it's definitely a tourist magnet, the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul houses some wonderful sweet shops. You can find many of the common favorites, but Turkish delight, known to the locals as lokum, is the most plentiful find. Check out the slideshow to find out what makes good Turkish delight and to see eight top picks from the variety of flavors. More

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