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Yogurt, the delicious fermentation

Yogurt is yogurt, for us. Not a big fuss, one of the essential ingredients of every household. We love yogurt, not a secret. On the lands of Anatolia, people know how to make yogurt instinctively, sensing how long milk should boil and measuring the temperature of milk, with tip of…

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…

A survival guide to
gluten-free eating in Istanbul!

I know I know… Gluten-free eating in Turkey may sound challenging, I admit. If it is not the dishes themselves makes you take the challenge, it is the slaphappy, carefree, lovely waiters, the know it all restaurants and nothing can happen form this kind of attitude bearers. Yes, you need to…

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Simit – Istanbul

This timeless, this traditional flavor is so simple yet so hard to forget… Crunchy, twisted – literally -, sesame covered, oven baked savory pastry is a street taste. Some of us like it plain, some with Turkish tea and cheese, some with ayran, some with marmalade. No matter what you…

Dirty Bird To Go – New York

Frying is an art,  a chemical lore that one should master if they ought to do the fried chicken. The extremely crunchy buttermilk coated, hot, juicy, delicious fried chicken is what you get when you find Dirty Bird To Go, mini place in Manhattan. Not enough said, when you eat…

Çiya Sofrası – Istanbul

Imagine a place where you find all those beautiful regional, Anatolian ingredients cooked ingeniously that create explosions through your senses. The moment you lay your eyes on the small place you are surrounded by great tastes, on your  left the big hot pots and pans laying all colorful meals, and…

Fauna – Istanbul

5 tables plus open kitchen plus soothing jazz music plus homemade pasta equals to this little gem in Kadıköy. For there you find the freshest ingredients forming tasteful plates of silky dough coated with the a la minute sauce… White surrounds you, the smell warms you and sets you up…

Karadeniz Pide Döner Salonu – Istanbul

Meat… Tasty, juicy,thin layers of lean meat stacked on each other, rotating on a vertical spit, cooking slowly. The meat is from lamb and beef. It is marinated before, so you do not need to add neither salt nor anything else. The tender and utmost delicious döner is served in…

Karaköy Güllüoğlu – Istanbul

In between the paper thin flakes of dough you see the ruby green of crushed pisstachios… You smell the butter, you taste the pisstachios, then the crunchiness of the dough and the taste blows in you mouth then sublimes you to a new level of zen. This place has always…

Chestnut Stalls

You start to smell burning coal while you stroll Istanbul these days. The fumes are like messengers of good news. Good news of approaching winter and the delicious winter tastes, and in this case it is the chestnuts grilling slowly on the small-tiny bbq’s of street sellers. Just go out,…

Köşem Karadeniz Pide Salonu – Istanbul

So small, but hard to miss. You can take in the teasingly good smell of meat and the butter from meters away and head to  the right direction. The secret is the ingredients and the cooking technique for once. The prompt and courteous service is always a plus as we…

Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi – Istanbul

Everyone has a secret hiding place, a little safe zone. I have a couple myself. This one is for Turkish coffee. This place offers me the scene to the rush-ness of Kadıköy Food Market with a balance of nice, piping hot, dark roasted Turkish coffee. You may sit on the…