I will be spending two weeks in Istanbul in September-October, with possible side trips to Ankara and Izmir. I will be fortunate to spend time with a Turkish- speaking friend who knows the city, but am looking for tips on cooking classes and anything related to food, ingredients to bring home, quirky or classic shops (culinary and otherwise), eateries, books, private guides, etc. I know the Istanbul Eats blog and have their book and will surely partake in some of their offerings. Also hoping to get to Babushka Table on the Aegean coast, named after the blog written by Olga Irez (formerly Delicious Istanbul). But the bulk of my time will be in Istanbul. Any thoughts much appreciated!