Tuba Şatana

Büyükada Pastanesi – Büyükada

On a nice sunny morning we hopped on a ferry and began our trip to Büyükada. The sea is calm, a little breeze, seagulls literally crying…and hungry stomachs. By the time we finished our coffee in the travel mugs finished we approached Büyükada. It was about time for breakfast, so…

Food Photo – Gözleme

In Turkey, there are many kinds of food made from dough and gözleme is one of them. Gözleme is yufka, dough without yeast, hand rolled to thin and filled with many ingredients like, cheese, potatoes, mince meat, etc,  folded and cooked on a sac, which a convex shaped burner made…

Çınaraltı – Antakya

Künefe is made with kadayıf, butter, special unsalted cheese and syrup made from water and sugar. It is a very simple dessert, yet it is hard to maintain this simplicity. Yusuf Usta started his small künefe shop, because he wanted to eat a decent künefe in the land of künefe!…

Sorry, but no: Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi – Istanbul

Very sorry to say, but Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi’s coffees are so much roasted, pitch black dark roasted, burnt, you can not get the taste of the coffee but a burnt substance.  Why not buy the high quality beans and process it? I would definitely pay more for decent Turkish…

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…

Sorry, but no: Kanaat Lokantası – Istanbul

I held myself so long for this entry. It makes me sad as I  write because, Kanaat Lokantası is one of the oldest esnaf lokantası, tradesman restaurants in Istanbul. But the other day, again and again the same thing happened.  Within the last years the quality of the ingredients, the…

Food Photo – Katıklı

In Antakya katıklı or katıklı ekmek is an open face bread, aka pide, spread with the home made mixture of cheese, spices, pepper paste, olive oil, zahter. Every home has a different spread, some with more cheese, some with more pepper paste, but most basically the ingredients are the same,…

Sorry, but no: Nihat Usta – Akçaabat, Trabzon

The köfte is very famous in Akçaabat, actually Akçaabat is known for its köfte-meatballs-. Nihat Usta was another bad experience on the road. We had to stop there thinking all those reputation was worth a bite. Surprise surprise! Köfte was tasteless, greasy and cold, the beans of the piyaz were…

Food Photo – Işkın

You know this as rhubarb, ışkın or uşkın. Nowadays is in season and I found it on my trips to Erzurum, Van, Bitlis being sold as a street food-snack. This is from Van. Tastes like grass, green plum and spring flowers altogether. It is one my favorite snack and my…