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Leban – Antakya

Leban is the place to eat and drink in Antakya. Being the first and the best humus maker of Antakya, Semir Yoğurtçu and his family, a neighbourhood headman, opened this big restaurant, actually a very old Antioch house just across his very old but true gem mini humus and bakla…

Sorry, but no: Cerciş Murat Konağı – Mardin

First we were hit by the bad service, meaning no server around. Then surprisingly our starters appeared, looking dull, tasteless, then our main courses, which I wish they disappeared! The food was like a leftover plate hit by stale bread and a microscopic piece of meat on it. It was…

Sweet Street Food

Sweet on wheels! While we were down at Mediterranean coast, Anamur, I ran into this magical street seller, while the others were visiting museum, it was a dream coming true, just the precise moment I was thinking of something sweet, just a bite, I saw this cart… It was more…

Çınaraltı – Antakya

Künefe is made with kadayıf, butter, special unsalted cheese and syrup made from water and sugar. It is a very simple dessert, yet it is hard to maintain this simplicity. Yusuf Usta started his small künefe shop, because he wanted to eat a decent künefe in the land of künefe!…

Sultan Sofrası – Antakya

If you want to eat local food of Antakya, cooked delicately,deliciously and properly, a must stop is Sultan Sofrası. Metin Tansal is a very demanding boss checking if everything is in order, you may see him in the kitchen or anywhere showing working like his staff. Osman Bey is working…

Food Photo – Katıklı

In Antakya katıklı or katıklı ekmek is an open face bread, aka pide, spread with the home made mixture of cheese, spices, pepper paste, olive oil, zahter. Every home has a different spread, some with more cheese, some with more pepper paste, but most basically the ingredients are the same,…

Sorry, but no: Nihat Usta – Akçaabat, Trabzon

The köfte is very famous in Akçaabat, actually Akçaabat is known for its köfte-meatballs-. Nihat Usta was another bad experience on the road. We had to stop there thinking all those reputation was worth a bite. Surprise surprise! Köfte was tasteless, greasy and cold, the beans of the piyaz were…

Food Photo – Işkın

You know this as rhubarb, ışkın or uşkın. Nowadays is in season and I found it on my trips to Erzurum, Van, Bitlis being sold as a street food-snack. This is from Van. Tastes like grass, green plum and spring flowers altogether. It is one my favorite snack and my…

Kristal Döner ve Yemek Salonu – Kars

If you go to Kars, there is unfortunately one place left making piti. Piti is a dish made from a chunk piece of lamb,chickpeas, saffron, a piece of tail fat, and a lot of beef stock. This simple but tasty dish, has  a way of eating it. Piti is served…