Talking to people on the street or taking in a music or dance performance in Turkey highlights the country's intoxicating blend of European and Asian imprints, but the astonishing heterogeneity truly becomes tangible in Turkish cuisine. From delicious cheeses to grilled kebabs, from rice pilaf to sweet baklava, native dishes offer an incredible spectrum of flavors and aromas. The riches of the country's waters show up on the plate, too, whether it's fried kalamari or grilled fish. Typical beverages include black tea and Turkish coffee, and there's also an impressive selection of homegrown wines and spirits (including the well-known raki). Turkey's a huge country, and there's simply nothing like tasting your way across its many regions, each with their own distinct culinary stamps.