Istanbul

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,…

Where to eat the best döner kebab in Istanbul

Döner kebab -for the beginners- is a meat dish consists of deboned meat layered on a vertical spit, roasted rotating on its axis, then cut -shaved- thin slices with a special long knife aka döner bıçağı… Served as pide sandwich, wrapped in lavaş, in half loaf of bread or plated on…

Introduction to Alancha of Kemal Demirasal

Actually I would have let the photos talk for themselves, but that would be unfair and incomplete… Last week Bade and Ayşe of MSA send me a notice stating Alancha of Kemal Demirasal will be in Istanbul for a short time of 7 days, at Okulun Mutfağı, MSA. Very exciting…

Turkish Food Prononciations, Kokoreç!

The ultimate carnivorous street food, the one and only kokoreç, is an adventurous taste as well as the name! Watching usta prepping your order, chopping, placing it on the grill for the extra crispy sweetbread, then some chili flakes, some thyme… cumin for me… I am drooling here… where was I, oh, here is how you…

Faces of Turkey by The Perennial Plate!

It was a very hot summer day in Istanbul… Me, Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate strolled all day long…  I took them to my favorite places, introduced them to my favorite people… We ate, we talked, had a good time and they shot their video… I was happy…

Slow Fish Istanbul!

Good, clean and fair fish… As Fikir Sahibi Damaklar of Slow Food, we had started our well known campaign to save our Lüfer of Bosphorus for the next generations on 2010… It wasn’t just any campaign but it took guts; guts to challenge, question, defy against the fishmongers and authorities…

Eating on the streets of Istanbul!

I love street food! Love it! Simit, chestnuts, çiğ köfte, döner, kokoreç… You name it, I love it! So I have my stops at various neighbourhoods for different bites depending the time of the day… They are dear to me with their food, with their Ustas and their personalities! Simit… You…

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…

Yeni Lokanta, Chef Civan Er’s
new playground!

We were in need of good food and a bottle of wine, we did not have a reservation but lucky enough we got a table. By the time we settled down, the place gave us a sense of relief. We were at Yeni Lokanta, Civan Er’s new restaurant. The restaurant itself consists…