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Dear Istanbul Food’ies… Although I eat a lot outside, sorry, I do not post so often. I do not mean every place I have been to is bad, or insufficient, but simply, they do not meet the basic expectations. Believe me, even in Istanbul it is not easy to find…

Kabak Çekirdeği – Nevşehir

Beautifully golden from roasting with milk in a big bad oven, Nevşehir pumpkin seeds are great source of nibble, at least for me. They are crunchy, lightly salted and delicious, it is real deal Nevşehir pumpkin seed, you even get the milk taste in your mouth, a slight taste. Travelling…

Ciğerci Ali Haydar – Gaziantep

5.00am, first buzz, snooze. 5.15am again then jumped out of bed around 5.30am remembering why!  I was on my way to Ali Haydar for morning liver kebab! How could I forget! I took a taxi and at 6.00am and one minute later I was in front of the small, smoky,…

Metanet Lokantası – Gaziantep

When I open my fridge for breakfast, I found myself in the typical stuff, shining at me, cheese of all kinds, olives, sucuk, you name it… But all I wanted to have was beyran like I was in Gaziantep. Beyran to sooth me down, to heal me, to make me…

Food Photo – Fıstık

Pistachio, fıstık, is a true delicacy and one main ingredient for baklava, in Gaziantep. The pink smooth skin covers the shelled pistachio inside which still has a softer skin then the usual roasted one. The ones which have already cracked, growing their way outside he skin, pressuring it to open…

Sorry, but no: Cerciş Murat Konağı – Mardin

First we were hit by the bad service, meaning no server around. Then surprisingly our starters appeared, looking dull, tasteless, then our main courses, which I wish they disappeared! The food was like a leftover plate hit by stale bread and a microscopic piece of meat on it. It was…

Damla Dondurma-Boza – Istanbul

One of the hottest days of Istanbul I hit the road to Kurtuluş. For some ice cream and talk. The small, white, compact shop was my stop and I stayed there for hours chatting, eating ice cream and watching the locals, the kids of all age popping in for a…

Food Photos – Pide

I recall the days, when I was a small girl with pony tails, my granny sending me to our neighbourhood baker to get the pide for dinner, before they break their fast. I got in the line, wait for the hottest, sweetest pide with money tucked in my hands. The…

Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası – Istanbul

If you feel like you are lost, and this place is so wrong for a fish restaurant, it means you are in the right place. Tarihi Karaköy Balık Lokantası is located in Karaköy, in a rumble place. This place was used to be a fish tradesman restaurant, in the good…