Regional Turkish Food

urla mantısı, konal cafe, by tuba şatana

Mantı as a second lunch in Urla

While we were at the Aegean coast, Sibel and Filiz planned a trip to Urla, Filiz being a local since she moved there so I left myself, my senses, my appetite in her hands, feeling lucky I have friends like them. We arrived Iskele, Urla at mid morning, after our fulfilling katmer…

making o fkatmer at Urla, Tuba şatana

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…

İçli köfte, Sabırtaşı, Tuba Şatana

Eating on the streets of Istanbul!

I love street food! Love it! Simit, chestnuts, çiğ köfte, döner, kokoreç… You name it, I love it! So I have my stops at various neighbourhoods for different bites depending the time of the day… They are dear to me with their food, with their Ustas and their personalities! Simit… You…

Gravyer, Kars, İlhan Koçulu, Tuba Şatana

Making Kars Gravyeri at Boğatepe Köyü

Have  you travelled to East of Turkey? Do you know that particular blue that hangs above you? How crispy the mornings are… How bright the sun shines… How green the meadows and plateau that all surround you… Endless visibility…. I love every inch of my country! At Kars we were…

Piti aşı, Kars, Tuba Şatana

Eating out in Kars

I want to start with a word: Honestly… I have visited Kars before, leaving with beautiful memories of people and of the city. This time it was with Şemsa, Kantin gang and Katie. İlhan abi and Şemsa had been talking about this Kars trip for over a year and it was…

how to eat lahmacun

Where to eat the best lahmacun in Istanbul!

I crave for lahmacun, all the time, every time! The abusive smell of the mincemeat mixture, the crispiness of the dough and the first bite! I love lahmacun! Who doesn’t?! But I don’t settle for any. Here are my four lahmacun restaurant in Istanbul! Halil Lahmacun at Kadıköy Balık Pazarı. Tiny shop with…

yenidünya kebabı at İmam Çağdaş, Gaziantep, Tuba Şatana

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…

artichokes ready to cook at Izmir, Tuba Şatana

Artichoke, the stage is yours!

Artichoke chips, paté, zeytinyağlı enginar, sauteed artichokes…. Artichoke cooked every way, for all, from all. It may sound ridiculous to you but artichoke is the king and queen of the vegetables summoned, for me. Not a true vegetable, but belonging to a thistle family, is like a calling for its…

to the pazar we go

The colorful Göztepe Pazarı

Pazar changes its color like seasons. Fruits, flowers, vegetables even the stalls selling homemade produce change… spring is one of the liveliest times and as the summer approaches, I was not surprised to see the heap of clothing switched to heap of sun bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts… Some may be taken by…