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Mesmering Turkey, my beautiful country…

This video tells a story of people, of places, of the land of many cultures of my amazing country…If you have not fell in love with my country, I promise you will after you watch this mesmerising video. We share the same passion with them, Turkey. In Turkey – 2014…

Asım usta and Tuba Şatana

Asım Usta’s döner as the best
fast feast of Europe!

On the phone with Asım Usta -to me-: Where have you been?!! The nature of our conversations, meetings have always been the same, the same kindness, sincerity, friendship coming from years and years of me being their loyal customer, and supporter of one of the true artisans of Istanbul and…

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Offal minds in Istanbul

Offal, you either love it or hate it. I love it. Every piece of it, sweetbreads, brain, liver, intestines, heart, testicles, tripe, trotter… When growing up I had the best of offal on my table; lamb brain salad with olive oil, lemon and parsley, pan grilled ram’s testicles, thick slices…

Turkish coffee, Tuba Şatana

Turkish Coffee enters UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

He was excited, Özgür, he has been my partner in coffee crime for more than 15 years, ‘I have some great news for you, about Turkish coffee…’ He has been working at/with Turkish Coffee Culture and Research Association (TCCRA) from the day it was founded, witnessing Turkish coffee getting back its…

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Introduction to Alancha of Kemal Demirasal

Actually I would have let the photos talk for themselves, but that would be unfair and incomplete… Last week Bade and Ayşe of MSA send me a notice stating Alancha of Kemal Demirasal will be in Istanbul for a short time of 7 days, at Okulun Mutfağı, MSA. Very exciting…

Gülüm, Közde Çay evi, Kars, Tuba Şatana

Faces of Turkey by The Perennial Plate!

It was a very hot summer day in Istanbul… Me, Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate strolled all day long…  I took them to my favorite places, introduced them to my favorite people… We ate, we talked, had a good time and they shot their video… I was happy…

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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…

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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…

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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…