When I lived in Istanbul, never had the pleasure of eating falafel. In my Macedono-Bulgarian family, I did enjoy, however, such "controversial" dishes as Baklava and Moussaka. We knew that neither were Bulgarian and could not care less about the claims of our Greek and Turkish friends. Now that I am in the Deep South and thus out of the cross-fire, I can say confidently, that baklava is one of world's greatest creations--but not the dry versions one encounters in Lebanese, Syrian and Greek shops. The best baklava is moist and sinfully sweet (much like the one that I make). As for moussaka, the Greek "palace" version that is the glory of Greeks from Constantinople, is very good and sophisticated. OTH, I also love the more rustic Turkish version that omits the bechamel sauce and is accompanied with plain yogurt. However, there are two purely Turkish dishes that is just as good as those two Middle Easter iconic dishes: Imam Bayildi and Doner Kebab (this one can be matched by the Bulgarian kebabchi and the Greek whole roast lamb). Now, would someone tell me please why this is in the Religious Topics section?