We stopped for a bite to eat in a restaurant in the Sultanamet section of Istanbul and were seated directly behind the ice cream stand out front.
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After our snack, we went to the other side of the window to have a sample. The servers are great showmen and getting an ice cream is as fun as eating it. We pick our flavors and they are scooped into the cone in dainty scoops of chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and other flavors. Then, the as the server hands you your cone and you reach out, it is suddenly up, down, closer or farther away than where you expect to reach for it. This goes on for a bit until they finally take pity on the hungry customer and they let you snatch your cone.
Maybe this wasn't the "real dondurma" but it was delicious and the show was definitely worth the price of admission.