Istanbul

Huzur, Uyghur Cuisine in Istanbul

Crowded and loud, the shop keepers chatting in front of their stores, cars honking. One left, one right, I was in a silent and small street, the street I was looking for, Asım Bey Sokağı. Soon big letters on the window read Huzur, literally meaning tranquility, I was there. Greeted…

Istanbul’s Coffee Shops: Petra Roasting Co.

Although Istanbul is bursting with new coffee shops almost around every corner, I love sticking to my fave ones. Another one of them is Petra Roasting Co. at Selenium Residence just off the Barbaros Boulevard, off the beaten path. Kaan Bergsen is the founder/roaster/geek of this place. He selectively picks the beans…

48 hours in Istanbul – where to eat?!

48 hours in Istanbul is never enough! You think you will be thorn in between the Hagia Sophia, a Bosphorus tour, may be a Princes Island getaway, what about Chora Museum and Istanbul Modern? The fantastic sunset from Galata Tower?  It all comes to why you are in Istanbul! Since…

Asım Usta’s döner as the best
fast feast of Europe!

On the phone with Asım Usta -to me-: Where have you been?!! The nature of our conversations, meetings have always been the same, the same kindness, sincerity, friendship coming from years and years of me being their loyal customer, and supporter of one of the true artisans of Istanbul and…

Istanbul’s coffee shops: Mandabatmaz

Turkish coffee is more than a tiny cup of caffeine for any Turkish people. It is a social event, a time well spent,  an office gossip, a morning newspaper, a gathering, a moment of our lives that we found in a cup. We do not grab a turkish coffee and…

Istanbul’s Coffee Shops: Kronotrop

I am a coffee nerd. I can not live without coffee. But not any coffee, I only drink the best there is, after the perfect bite, this time perfect coffee as my motto. The problem is that not many coffee houses please me, hence I brew the best possible coffee…

Offal minds in Istanbul

Offal, you either love it or hate it. I love it. Every piece of it, sweetbreads, brain, liver, intestines, heart, testicles, tripe, trotter… When growing up I had the best of offal on my table; lamb brain salad with olive oil, lemon and parsley, pan grilled ram’s testicles, thick slices…

Pideban, Butter and Old Radios

They all ordered kıymalı pide and a big jug of ayran, 5 workers in uniforms… Fortunately we had arrived before them and ordered our share of pide. With each order you may hear Sami Usta pounding on the dough in the kitchen… One young waiter was cleaning the windows with newspaper,…