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2011 on a plate…

What a year it was! Tasty, yet weird! Photographing Gaziantep cookbook, I spent great deal of time in the city, meaning I had the opportunity to eat great deal of home cooked meals, prepared by housewives, tasty and made me think, can you top that… The food event of the…

Sorry, but no: Güler Ocakbaşı Esentepe

Being unable to cook is something, but if your customers get food poisoned with your yogurt mezzes -one of us who had the mezze-, that is another thing… no need to tell about the rude waiters eating while working and talking mouthful, same as the ones in the kitchen serving the mezze,…

José, the man of tapas!

Walking down Bermondsey Street, hands full after hitting Borough Market, we were desperatelly hungry and a little bit beaten, just a little. I read a lot about chef Jose Pizarro, been following him from Brindisa days, happy that he got his own place to share his magic with us, the rest. When…

Paul A. Young chocolate anyone?

London chic, in the middle of Soho, on the corner of Wardour street, Paul A. young shop offers you more than a sweet tooth. It is pure pleasure, sinful and you want more! Truffles made from real champagne, caramel and sea salt, pavé, artisan bars… and brownies… the brownies, were…

St. John Restaurant – London

After we were greeted, taken to our table, introduced with our menus, we were ready! We, can eat, and we did. We had 4 starters, 2 main course, 1 salad, a bottle of cider, a beer. You may not find it much but if you consider the animal fat we had, it was huge.

Food Photo – Artvin Döneri

This is what we had for breakfast, back in Artvin. They like their döner to have thicker layers then in Istanbul, Ankara and elsewhere I know. The meat has a unique taste, because of all the delicious wild herbs and grass the herd feeds on… One of the best döner…

Food Photo – Nohut Dürüm

All you need is in a single bite; comforting taste of the bread -tırnaklı ekmek-  just baked at a local wood-burning oven, the velvety texture of the chickpeas, the crunchiness of onion, the hot Urfa pepper flakes and the fresh taste of parsley. A bite of perfection…

Sorry, but no: Dönerci Sadık Usta – Istanbul

For a decent portion of döner, you need decent meat. You need high quality meat. Because döner is made from meat and animal fat, to be precise, tail fat. But… The smell of the meat was very unappetizing, the meat used was fron various low quality cuts, nerves and all…