Food and Culture

On a Bayram morning…

When we were kids… The Bayram morning was always an early rise! The earlier, the more money you start collecting, oops, I mean sweets! After getting dressed and with our best attire, and best behaviour, we started kissing the family member’s hands – el öpme– it is a ritual, respect…

Istanbul Food on LA Times

And LA Times! Long time food critic and food writer S. Irene Virbila of LA Times visited Istanbul with her family. So I had the privilege to take her out on my famous Kadıköy Food Tour. Also we dined together some of their nights, having great food at my favorite places…

Eating out in Kars

I want to start with a word: Honestly… I have visited Kars before, leaving with beautiful memories of people and of the city. This time it was with Şemsa, Kantin gang and Katie. İlhan abi and Şemsa had been talking about this Kars trip for over a year and it was…

How to prepare an artichoke by Recai Usta

In Istanbul we are lucky that we have artichoke sellers in our neighbourhoods, that you know from my posts. And I want to show you how it is indeed prepared. And, yes, another new category! First the leaves: How to prepare an artichoke, part 1 from Tuba Satana on Vimeo….

Güllaç, a sweet Ramadan taste

Ramadan brings different tastes to our tables, after pide there comes güllaç worth waiting for whole year. Güllaç! Güllaç is a dessert made with rice starch sheets which are layered with walnuts and soaked in a lukewarm milk syrup. Usually rose water is also added to this milky syrup, but…

Where to eat the best lahmacun in Istanbul!

I crave for lahmacun, all the time, every time! The abusive smell of the mincemeat mixture, the crispiness of the dough and the first bite! I love lahmacun! Who doesn’t?! But I don’t settle for any. Here are my four lahmacun restaurant in Istanbul! Halil Lahmacun at Kadıköy Balık Pazarı. Tiny shop with…

Chowzter App and Awards!

When you start planning your travel, what is your first thing you google? I know it’s food, since you are reading this… Chowzter is all about real bites in the city, the fast bites as well as the local small eateries, everything reflected form the local’s point of view. And let me tell…

Spring Kebabs

In Gaziantep fruits are a big part of the cooking. Kebabs get their share as well, not to mention they change seasonally. Keme mantarı –desert truffles- announces the coming of spring, then yenidünya kebabı -loquat/medlar- follows, last for spring is sarımsak kebabı – the whole bulb of garlic-. Keme mantarı after being…

Artichoke, the stage is yours!

Artichoke chips, paté, zeytinyağlı enginar, sauteed artichokes…. Artichoke cooked every way, for all, from all. It may sound ridiculous to you but artichoke is the king and queen of the vegetables summoned, for me. Not a true vegetable, but belonging to a thistle family, is like a calling for its…