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Petek Büfe – Istanbul

In  the good old days, when fathers or grandfathers took their sons or grandsons to a movie, they used to stop at Petek Büfe to grab a bite. But not any bite. The name was Artist! A hot dog sandwich, what made all the fuss. As years passed they had…

Sora Margherita – Rome

Go to Rome on artichoke season, you will  not regret it. A very small window, one small door. Some wooden chairs scattered outside, for the miserable ones waiting.  A narrow street, a street church. Two women, standing bold and ready to rock. They make Jewish Italian food. Home cooking to…

Jen Cafe – London

Little green corner shop. A-in-the-middle-of-Chinatown- hidden-gem.  One of the many reasons to return London over and over again. Years ago, we ended there on a wet  London day. We were cold and wanted something to sooth us up, physically and mentally. Then we saw this little window display, where a…

Yank Sing – San Francisco

A long ceremony. A big pot of jasmine tea. Smiling Chinese people surround you. No music. Not needed. A slight clanging sound in the air. Dim sum carts rolling up to your table. The Cantonese delicacy. The moment we were waiting for. Just say tea and begin to choose from…

Sabırtaşı – Istanbul

In loving memory of Ali Topçuoğlu His face was one of the faces I had gotten familiar in the first years I moved to Istanbul. His apron was spotlessly white and clean, buttoned to the last one.  He always had it on. He had that beautiful display, where he got…

Borough Market – London

I can not write enough about my one and only Borough Market. The place. The only place I want to return every year. And I do. We choose a Friday for the flight and when land to mother London, we leave the bags to our hotel then hop on the…

Belgo Centraal – London

A huge, shelter like place with a different and powerful effect on you. Probably full. Always full. Entrance is from the street level. You may watch the loud and slammed kitchen working, with a bird’s eye view and probably sipping you beer at the same time, while waiting. The restaurant…

Yusuf Usta’nın Yeri – Istanbul

This place became one of our safest places. It is like an escape from that fancy, so called kebab restaurants that try to make us forget the real taste of food.  Yusuf Usta himself is in charge of the food, the service, customer relations, well, everything. Aligned on the long…

Çınaraltı Cafe – Istanbul

Early in the morning. So hungry. Just want to have champions’ breakfast. Çınaraltı is the place you want to be. The neighbourhood is calm, near the Bosphorus, the small streets, the smell of burning stoves.The street cats and the locals sipping their tea at their favorite tea-house. Freshly squeezed fruit…