Sweet Tooth

Üç Yıldız, Istanbul, Tuba Şatana

On a Bayram morning…

When we were kids… The Bayram morning was always an early rise! The earlier, the more money you start collecting, oops, I mean sweets! After getting dressed and with our best attire, and best behaviour, we started kissing the family member’s hands – el öpme– it is a ritual, respect…

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…

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Cold and sweet!

Don’t know about you but I want to dip in the ice cream maker these days. when ever I pass Baylan, I sit down to have a slice of Adisababa, or a Kup Griye. Adisababa  is made from parts of different creams, patisserie cream  and whipped cream with some candied fruits  pistachios, sponge cake and chocolate,…

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Tarihi Fatih Sarması, roll with it!

After my morning soup at Paçacı Mahmut, I was craving for something sweet. But by the time I arrived at Fatih Sarmacısı, the display was empty, little early I was. So I walked around working an appetite, surprisingly(!!!) I found myself facing the entrance of Şeref Usta! Darn! It is…

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Istanbul Food Reads: Sherbet & Spice

I know you always wonder what Lokum is, where it is coming from, how it is made… How about Akide, and what is that orange pudding you see continuously at displays, at restaurants in Turkey, those colorful fruit preserves at breakfast, helva and wonder… I have a remedy called Sherbet & Spice! A small bubble…

Altan Şekerleme, a sweet sweet Bayram

What is a Bayram without candies! My granny used to buy chocolates filled with mint, cherries and sorts, my memory seems to fade… But what I do remember is that me and my friends used to sneek in the house when she was out and fill our pockets with these…

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Timeless taste, Baklava at Gaziantep…

It was almost 6 in the morning, we met with Bayram Usta of Elmacı Pazarı Güllüoğlu at Bakırcılar Çarşısı, had a quick tea and I followed him through the small streets of Gaziantep, we ended up at the soup eatery. The baklava gang was having their breakfast when we arrived and ordered…

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İncir Reçeli, unripe fig jam and the gypsies

You may see gypsy ladies peeling and selling unripe figs, in bulk amounts, their fingers are wounded by the figs’ milk, wrapping their fingers with the best possible way, with nylon bags pieces and trying to bring home money. If you don’t like peeling figs to make incir reçeli, fig jam, you…

Hometown! Take one, Flamingo Pastanesi…

I was born and raised in Ankara… Walking down Tunalı Hilmi today, brought back many memories. All is good, but seeing most of the establishments closing their doors, selling their business makes me sad. Ankara being a patisserie town, had a lot of choices to offer, I guess everybody liked their…