New York – Apr 01 2006

An Unforgettable Turkish Night @ Consulate General of Turkey

All payments will be required in-advance . No walk-ins allowed – security at any diplomatic missions requires a list of the attendees in-advance.
Cost $65

AMISH MARKET is owned by Turkish people, who believe in organic and fresh products. They will provide you a taste of this during the Turkish Night! Upon your departure pick up a bottle of Amish Market’s spring water and a discount coupon to AMISH Market.

Sounds by DJ Palamuth,DJ Tossun and DJ BoFo from FLYING KILIM ENTERTAINMENT

EuroCircle presents

Omer Onhon, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Meltem Onhon from Culture and Tourism office, and EuroCircle cordially invite EuroCircle members to experience an unforgettable Turkish Night at the Turkish Center and Consulate!

More about the Program
Everyone will start with a quick look inside Turkey – via Turkish Center where you will find goodies from our friends at AMISH MARKET
Official welcome by Consul General Omer Onhon at 7:40pm (he has to leave around 8:00 pm)
Tango performance by Jak Karako from BailaTango after welcome/before buffet
Buffet served 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Catering by SIP SAK, Chef Orhan Yegen

All the event attendees will be automatically enrolled for a raffle taking place later on in April at our next monthly networking event – the prize will be an airline ticket to TURKEY for one, donated by and

Your event fee will include: admission, a sumptous Turkish dining experience created by Orhan Yegen, the ponytailed chef/owner of SIP SAK with the wandering whisk, who has been described something like the Jennifer Lopez of Turkish restaurants — he loves them, and then, alas, he leaves them. Orhan says about Turkish cooking that it’s the world’s finest cuisine, which we heard also at a lecture about the best 3 cuisines in the world inlcude French, Chinese and TURKISH. Orhan promised to provide us the best Turkish sampling (buffet style) of 6 different appetizers, entree, dessert, coffee). You will also enjoy open bar with Turkish wine, the famous Efes beer and a little taste of Raki. Not to mention that you will taste some Turkish Delights (thanks to Nihal from Alp Travel) and the miracle nuts from Turkey (hazelnuts.

You will enjoy also tasting the wonderful REYKA VODKA from Iceland.

Tango is such a passionate dance, Jak Karako and his partner from will perform during the evening. Born in Istanbul, Turkey Jak’s passion for dance started at age fourteen with international folk dancing. About the way Turks dance: Turkish tango is unique in the way the dancers approach the dance floor. Students are taught to be decisive – to move without hesitation. There are no steps like the boring “side-to-side”; in fact, ladies, when you are asked to dance, be ready, because the moment you hit the floor, you’re off! And the men generate so much energy in their lower bodies, you feel like a semi-truck is coming at you.
Sounds by Turkish DJ Palamuth, DJ Tossun and DJ BoFo from Flying Kilim Entertainment.

ATTIRE: Black tie or cocktail attire (meaning men do not have wear a tuxedo, dark suit is fine, mos women will dress short dresses but everything festive is acceptable)

Cuneyt Sengul at will be responsible for the photography of the event.

Special decorative touches such as Turkish Kilims by IGBHome (Istanbul Grand Bazaar, Inc in Kearny, NJ) Shipping Line
were made possible with the gracious help by Latvian American Shipping Line

Let’s just relax while dreaming about visiting this fascinating country.

“Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers the vacationer a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. From April to October, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes.

Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a short time in Turkey, you can see a lot of this great heritage.

There is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another.
All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country.

Official Name: The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti)
Founder: Mustafa Kemal ATATÃœRK (1881-1938)
‘Peace at home, Peace in the world’
” I learned about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from someone who knows him very well. As I was speaking to the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Soviet Union, Litvinov, he told me that the most valuable and interesting leader in the world does not live in Europe but beyond the Straits in Ankara and that he was the President of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. ” by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Capital: Ankara
Population: 67.8 million (as of 2000)
Language: Turkish (uses Latin Alphabet)
Currency: New Turkish Lira (YTL) as of 01/01/2005
1YTL = 1,000,000 TL (Turkish Lira)
Location: Eastern Mediterranean. Located on two contitents Europe and Asia. The European part of Turkey is called Thrace, while the Asian part is called Anatolia or Asia Minor.
Area: 814 578 Km2 (314 500 square miles)
% 3 on the European continent
% 97 on the Asian continent

Major Cities:
Istanbul 10.0 million
Ankara 4.0 million
Izmir 3.3 million
Konya 2.2 million
Bursa 2.1 million
Adana 1.8 million

Religion: 99 percent of the population is Muslim. Turkey is a secular state that assures complete freedom of worship to non-Muslims.

National Anthem: Istiklal Marsi

Lyrics by: Mehmet Akif Ersoy
Adopted as Turkey’s National Anthem on March 12, 1921

Government: Turkey is democratic, secular and social state governed by the rule of law; committed to the nationalism of Atatürk and based on the principle of the separation of powers;
Legislative Power: The Turkish Grand National Assembly
Executive Power: President and the Council of Ministers.
Judicial Power: Independent courts and supreme judiciary organs.
Coastline: 8333 Km. (5000 miles)
Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides, by the Black Sea in the north, the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean Sea in the west. In the northwest there is also an important internal sea, the Sea of Marmara, between the straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.

Geographical Regions: Turkey has 80 administrative provinces and seven geographical regions. The first four of the seven regions are given the names of the seas which are adjacent to them.

– Black Sea Region
– Marmara Region
– Aegean Region
– Mediterranean Region

The other three regions are named in accordance with their location in the whole of Anatolia.

– Central Anatolia Region
– Eastern Anatolia Region
– Southeastern Anatolia Region

Famous Landmarks: Ayasofya Museum, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, ancient City of Troy, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Goreme-Cappadocia, Mt.Nemrut, Safranbolu.

Other Useful Information

Time: Local time is equal to GMT + 2 hours. Same time zone all over the country (seven hours ahead of U.S. eastern standard time).

Electricity: 220 volts a.c. throughout Turkey
Weights and Measures: Metric and Kilo system

TRIVIA: Did you know that Turks introduced coffee to Europe and the tulip to the Dutch. More facts at:

New York – Apr 01
Saturday, April 01, 2006 in New York at 7 pm

Location: Consulate General of Turkey
Address: Turkish Center 821 United Nations Plaza (46 & First Av) New York NY
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