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Fauna at Bozcaada!

Sorry to say Fauna at Bozcaada is now closed! We will be waiting for Ibrahim Tuna and his magical pasta, till the next opening! Fingers crossed! — Our long missed Fauna, the pasta temple, opened its door to its devoted customers at Bozcaada, where it will be serving during summer…

Mulberry trees and memories…

At my grandmother’s house,  it was a mansion really,  where I spent most of my holidays we had these enormous mulberry trees, 2 of them at the front yard. And two normal sized ones in the back garden. Enormous meaning taller then our 2.5 story house. At night their shadows reflect to my bedroom’s ceiling and…

Monmouth Coffee – London

One sentence is enough for Monmouth. My coffee temple! Every time I am in London, it is my first stop, then I am ready to hit London! I have a black drip coffee, sit on the small bench in the front, watch people walk by, entering the shop, getting out…

Nazar Pide ve Döner Salonu – Milas, Muğla

We were taken by the smell of the wood fire, and followed by my nose and hungry instincts, we end up at a local, family run pide restaurant at Milas. After all that rush at pazar and the morning kokoreç has left us hungry, so we stopped for a bite, followed by…

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…

Bazlama – a villager’s bread

All it takes is some flour, salt, water, kneading, time, fire. Then you have a bazlama, a flat bread, one of my favorite of all breads, especially if prepared by Yurdagül with that local flour mixture of hers, some whole wheat, some rye, some white flour. Eat it right out…

Kokoreç – a delicacy

As an offal enthusiast, I am embarrassed that I have not written any word on one of my favorite offal meals. Kokoreç! Kokoreç is basically lamb intestines, wrapped around sweetbreads on skewer and grilled horizontally over the charcoal fire. But not easy as is. Preparation is harsh, when you think of all…