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Slow Fish Istanbul!

Good, clean and fair fish… As Fikir Sahibi Damaklar of Slow Food, we had started our well known campaign to save our Lüfer of Bosphorus for the next generations on 2010… It wasn’t just any campaign but it took guts; guts to challenge, question, defy against the fishmongers and authorities…

MAD Symposium Copenhagen, It Takes Guts!

ATTENTION! CONTAINS REALITY! Lined up at the entrance of the big red circus tent, the curtains opened as the loud music started, James Hetfield’s voice, ‘can’t remember anything, can’t tell if this is true or dream…’ it was loud, it was dark, and I am following the crowd into the…

Istanbul Food on LA Times

And LA Times! Long time food critic and food writer S. Irene Virbila of LA Times visited Istanbul with her family. So I had the privilege to take her out on my famous Kadıköy Food Tour. Also we dined together some of their nights, having great food at my favorite places…

Güllaç, a sweet Ramadan taste

Ramadan brings different tastes to our tables, after pide there comes güllaç worth waiting for whole year. Güllaç! Güllaç is a dessert made with rice starch sheets which are layered with walnuts and soaked in a lukewarm milk syrup. Usually rose water is also added to this milky syrup, but…

Here come the tomatoes!

Finally the tomato season kicked off! All I want to eat is tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and olive oil! An easy task, after visiting the organic market held at Göztepe Özgürlük Parkı on Wednesdays, I got the first heirloom tomatoes of the season. All from Nar Çiftliği, from farm to table,…

Editorial inedible post

First of all, thank you all, who have been sending me emails, who are keeping me and Istanbul in their thoughts, you are very kind and supportive. Means a lot! Since the resistance/national awakening began, we do not sleep, eat, or do anything then resist, but life goes on as usual at…

Don’t look any further you have Katie’s Istanbul app!

My dear friend Katie’s İstanbul app is out and rocking! If you are heading to Istanbul or planning or not, does not matter the reason cause you do not need one, this little piece of app is a food lovers paradise, easy to use, accurate and fun! Selected deliciously, it…

Chowzter App and Awards!

When you start planning your travel, what is your first thing you google? I know it’s food, since you are reading this… Chowzter is all about real bites in the city, the fast bites as well as the local small eateries, everything reflected form the local’s point of view. And let me tell…

Spring Kebabs

In Gaziantep fruits are a big part of the cooking. Kebabs get their share as well, not to mention they change seasonally. Keme mantarı –desert truffles- announces the coming of spring, then yenidünya kebabı -loquat/medlar- follows, last for spring is sarımsak kebabı – the whole bulb of garlic-. Keme mantarı after being…