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Milas Pazarı – Muğla

It was an early morning we hit the road from Yalıkavak, for Milas, for the local open market, the famous Milas pazarı. It was a bright sunny day, despite the February weather we have been witnessing at the end of April, in Bodrum. All my persuasions had come to an…

Tarihi Subaşı Lokantası – Istanbul

All the walls are covered with black and white photographs, news from  international and local press, trophies, all memories with smiling faces… This place is the city’s history, its taste, its smell and its texture. The dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients. The lamb stew is like any other…

Dondurmacı Yaşar Usta – Istanbul

You bite into the half lemon, catch that thought, then add sip of lemonade, there, you have the perfect tangy slurp of  the lemon ice cream of Yaşar Usta. It is not a shy from lemon ice cream, it is old school. Like all his  other fruit ice creams. When…

Lades Lokantası – Istanbul

It is calm inside, free from the enormous Beyoğlu clatter. Walk through the dining saloon, on your right you get to blink to the desserts, and before you reach to the kitchen cold olive oil dishes are ready to steal your tummy, all plated looking very  appealing. On the hot…

Şahin Lokantası – Istanbul

Walking down the Orhan Adli Apaydın Sokak, if you see a crowd of suits and white collars, people gathered, waiting hungrily or smoking happily then you are in front of Şahin Lokantası. Serving since 1967, Ismail Şahin, known as Şahin Usta or Baba, holding his business together, cooking, talking to…

Yank Sing – San Francisco

A long ceremony. A big pot of jasmine tea. Smiling Chinese people surround you. No music. Not needed. A slight clanging sound in the air. Dim sum carts rolling up to your table. The Cantonese delicacy. The moment we were waiting for. Just say tea and begin to choose from…

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…