Cafe

Istanbul’s Coffee Shops: Petra Roasting Co.

Although Istanbul is bursting with new coffee shops almost around every corner, I love sticking to my fave ones. Another one of them is Petra Roasting Co. at Selenium Residence just off the Barbaros Boulevard, off the beaten path. Kaan Bergsen is the founder/roaster/geek of this place. He selectively picks the beans…

Menemen, eggs so delicious!

During his college years, he told me they -5 to 15 people!!!- used to stop at Lades (2) Lokantası (just across Lades Lokantası ) for lunch, just to have this menemen. I can imagine the small place filled with students on a budget, hungry and mopping each and every bit…

One fine day in Burgazada

When Nil suggested that we should work at Burgazada instead of Istanbul, the next thing I remember is us checking our calendars. Our morning started at Sırma Cafe, where we had tea and homemade poğaça, watching the islanders walk by the street, parted by the horse carriages.  The poğaça sans…

Ethem Tezçakar Usta, looking over us…

Everywhere you can have Turkish coffee. But should you? NO! There are certain things about a decent cup of Turkish coffee. The quality of the coffee, freshness, water, pot, heat source and the person preparing it. But there is another big issue, the place you drink it at. The atmosphere,…

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…

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…

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…