Tuba Şatana

beyoglu balik pazari

Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı gitti gidiyor…

O köşedeki canım manav ürünlerinin tazeliği, tezgahı, pırıl pırıllığı ile hem bizim hem turistlerin gözlerini kamaştıran; sokağın tüm griliğine meydan okuyup mevsimleri müjdeleyen o canım köşe manav… Sadece ufak bir tezgah kalmış artık. Arkasındaki alan, yani koca köşe dükkan, oluyor sana hediyelik eşyacı! Karşı köşesindeki hediyelik eşyacı manava taşınıyor, hediyelik dükkan köşesi…

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Yogurt, the delicious fermentation

Yogurt is yogurt, for us. Not a big fuss, one of the essential ingredients of every household. We love yogurt, not a secret. On the lands of Anatolia, people know how to make yogurt instinctively, sensing how long milk should boil and measuring the temperature of milk, with tip of…

anatolia, copyright bree hutchins

Anatolia, Adventures in Turkish Cooking

The book opens up with a baklava spread page, different cuts, golden crust, I could almost hear their crispiness in my ear, sweetness in my mouth. As we say in Turkey, tatlı yiyelim, tatlı konuşalım, let’s eat sweet, talk sweet. I missed Gaziantep… Somer Sivrioğlu, besides being a dear friend,…

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Şile Earth Market

To the market, to the market I said, ready in front of the door with my hundred and two shopping bags, sneakers on, lots of small banknotes to make our lives easier at the market. With our Stanley full of cold coffee and ice, my enamel tumblers, E.S.T., The Bad Plus,…

clotted cream and honey, Pando, Tuba Şatana

Erasing the history

Is it just the beginning, is it gonna get worse? The law is clear as crystal, it was put into action on July 2014, giving the power to landlords to evacuate their tenants after 10 years of residence without any negotiation, erasing the history. A cutthroat law paving the way to…

grillmaster, adana, tuba şatana

Adana and Kebab

Adana partly Mediterranean, highly Arab influenced, the city of industry, kebab and great people. On my recent trip to the city, after many years, we had great kebab, walked all around the town and spent time with the locals, and eat more. Two cities within one. One part is the old town…

Huzur Uygur cuisine, istanbul, tuba şatana

Huzur, Uyghur Cuisine in Istanbul

Crowded and loud, the shop keepers chatting in front of their stores, cars honking. One left, one right, I was in a silent and small street, the street I was looking for, Asım Bey Sokağı. Soon big letters on the window read Huzur, literally meaning tranquility, I was there. Greeted…