Istanbul

The colorful Göztepe Pazarı

Pazar changes its color like seasons. Fruits, flowers, vegetables even the stalls selling homemade produce change… spring is one of the liveliest times and as the summer approaches, I was not surprised to see the heap of clothing switched to heap of sun bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts… Some may be taken by…

A word on artichokes…

There is artichoke and then there is artichoke. Do you wonder where the big fatty artichokes you see around the city are from? Izmir, you think? Going through the markets, all these colourful plastic basins full of artichoke hearts,  beautiful heaps of artichoke displays stops you. They may look sight for sore eyes. They are called Kıbrıs…

Tarihi Fatih Sarması, roll with it!

After my morning soup at Paçacı Mahmut, I was craving for something sweet. But by the time I arrived at Fatih Sarmacısı, the display was empty, little early I was. So I walked around working an appetite, surprisingly(!!!) I found myself facing the entrance of Şeref Usta! Darn! It is…

My neighbourhood hero – winter version

The good cooks/housewives/chefs/food enthusiasts… you name, all have one thing in common, they/we have our pumpkin/artichoke sellers in our neighbourhoods. We trust them, we wait for them while they are on vacation, do not betray them with other sellers.  We know their locations, their schedules, where they are from, what…

A world around hamsi

Hamsi may not be the king of fishes or the fish king itself for most of us, but Karadenizliler  -locals of Black Sea region- have an emotional attachment to hamsi. It is more than a fish, but a life culture there. Even when you ask a Karadenizli about another fish,…

Last Supper at Kantin!

I have been waiting for that phone call. Reserved our seats before knowing the menu, date, of course it did not matter. My only concern was to be there, to have a seat, to dine, to enjoy. And then Uğur called, telling me sweet things like menu, date, timing… I…

Turşu! Pickles…

In Turkey we love eating pickled vegetables especially during winter time. With grilled fish, bulgur pilaf, soup, bean or chickpeas stew, as well as any other hearty meal, giving them a little zest. Most of the households love making their own pickles, everyone have their not-to-share recipes, at the end…

Morning soup for you!

Don’t know what you think of the phrase ‘köy kahvaltısı‘ village breakfast, I think it is just a perfect marketing tool or a scam, if I may, and I do not buy that. At villages, in Anatolia, locals simply eat what they produce, depending on the season. Also it is…

Tırnaklı Ekmek, aka tırnaklı pide

Where would mankind be without wheat! A freshly baked bread’s small is more stimulant then many other things, as if challenging the world of flavors… Tırnaklı ekmek in Anadolu, getting social and named tırnaklı pide in big bad Istanbul, is for me one of the delicious forms of bread. This kind of…