Istanbul

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…

Here come the tomatoes!

Finally the tomato season kicked off! All I want to eat is tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and olive oil! An easy task, after visiting the organic market held at Göztepe Özgürlük Parkı on Wednesdays, I got the first heirloom tomatoes of the season. All from Nar Çiftliği, from farm to table,…

Cold and sweet!

Don’t know about you but I want to dip in the ice cream maker these days. when ever I pass Baylan, I sit down to have a slice of Adisababa, or a Kup Griye. Adisababa  is made from parts of different creams, patisserie cream  and whipped cream with some candied fruits  pistachios, sponge cake and chocolate,…

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…

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…

Reporting live from Kantin Dükkan, Bebek!

Long time waited (long enough for me and her fans) Kantin’s Dükkan was opened on Thursday, April 4th, 2013. A Şemsa Denizsel design deli – bakery, will be the new hang out place in the beautiful area, Bebek. Everything is Kantin-made. Her famous bread is playing the key role here. You…

Sarma kokoreç with orzo…

One great surprise today was the kuzu sarma I came across at Çiya… It was the first of the season, cooked with orzo, it was a true delicacy!  And have to admit it was one of the best things I had at Çiya for a long time. Ordered one portion and did…

A survival guide to
gluten-free eating in Istanbul!

I know I know… Gluten-free eating in Turkey may sound challenging, I admit. If it is not the dishes themselves makes you take the challenge, it is the slaphappy, carefree, lovely waiters, the know it all restaurants and nothing can happen form this kind of attitude bearers. Yes, you need to…