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Katmer for breakfast
at Ünal Kardeşler, Urla

Just a usual morning for me, asking the waiter if I can visit the kitchen and chat with ustas…  For me, as I always say, watching the true masters, this experience is more important then the food itself, hence it is them, ustas, who make the food that treasured. Urla katmer…

Sorry, but no: Yengeç Restaurant – Urla

So proud to serve 102 kinds of meze, they forgot that the food should be fresh, for one thing. Fresh for another. The ingredient quality is one of the key factors in restaurant business. Adding soy sauce, tuzot- umami salts – cream, does not help the dish to become better,…

Istanbul’s Coffee Shops: Kronotrop

I am a coffee nerd. I can not live without coffee. But not any coffee, I only drink the best there is, after the perfect bite, this time perfect coffee as my motto. The problem is that not many coffee houses please me, hence I brew the best possible coffee…

Offal minds in Istanbul

Offal, you either love it or hate it. I love it. Every piece of it, sweetbreads, brain, liver, intestines, heart, testicles, tripe, trotter… When growing up I had the best of offal on my table; lamb brain salad with olive oil, lemon and parsley, pan grilled ram’s testicles, thick slices…

Pideban, Butter and Old Radios

They all ordered kıymalı pide and a big jug of ayran, 5 workers in uniforms… Fortunately we had arrived before them and ordered our share of pide. With each order you may hear Sami Usta pounding on the dough in the kitchen… One young waiter was cleaning the windows with newspaper,…

Where to eat the best döner kebab in Istanbul

Döner kebab -for the beginners- is a meat dish consists of deboned meat layered on a vertical spit, roasted rotating on its axis, then cut -shaved- thin slices with a special long knife aka döner bıçağı… Served as pide sandwich, wrapped in lavaş, in half loaf of bread or plated on…

Turkish Coffee enters UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

He was excited, Özgür, he has been my partner in coffee crime for more than 15 years, ‘I have some great news for you, about Turkish coffee…’ He has been working at/with Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Association (TCCRA) from the day it was founded, witnessing Turkish coffee getting back its…

Introduction to Alancha of Kemal Demirasal

Actually I would have let the photos talk for themselves, but that would be unfair and incomplete… Last week Bade and Ayşe of MSA send me a notice stating Alancha of Kemal Demirasal will be in Istanbul for a short time of 7 days, at Okulun Mutfağı, MSA. Very exciting…

Turkish Food Prononciations, Kokoreç!

The ultimate carnivorous street food, the one and only kokoreç, is an adventurous taste as well as the name! Watching usta prepping your order, chopping, placing it on the grill for the extra crispy sweetbread, then some chili flakes, some thyme… cumin for me… I am drooling here… where was I, oh, here is how you…