Istanbul

Asmalı Cavit comes to the rescue!

To how many of you I recommended Asmalı Cavit I really do not recall, since it is the one place I love going over and over again, it is one of my safest places where I always reserve the same table, it is my table after all. Asmalı Cavit is…

Menemen, eggs so delicious!

During his college years, he told me they -5 to 15 people!!!- used to stop at Lades (2) Lokantası (just across Lades Lokantası ) for lunch, just to have this menemen. I can imagine the small place filled with students on a budget, hungry and mopping each and every bit…

Altan Şekerleme, a sweet sweet Bayram

What is a Bayram without candies! My granny used to buy chocolates filled with mint, cherries and sorts, my memory seems to fade… But what I do remember is that me and my friends used to sneek in the house when she was out and fill our pockets with these…

Just Now – a fish escapade

After a beautiful morning with the photographer Jonathan Lewis at Kantin, I suggested Şemsa that we should go to Karaköy Balıkçısı for an escape. And we did. Well, I ended up eating alone cause of the terrible car park nonsense, after half an hour we couldn’t park. She had limited…

One fine day in Burgazada

When Nil suggested that we should work at Burgazada instead of Istanbul, the next thing I remember is us checking our calendars. Our morning started at Sırma Cafe, where we had tea and homemade poğaça, watching the islanders walk by the street, parted by the horse carriages.  The poğaça sans…

Mulberry love, cont’d…

Mulberry, another fruit I am a sucker of, that fragile fruit in sold on streets carts, pazar, markets and if you are luck at your grocery. After our breakfast with Şemsa at Pando, before we get a cab, the beautifully displayed cart full of mulberries made our morning. The mulberries…

İncir Reçeli, unripe fig jam and the gypsies

You may see gypsy ladies peeling and selling unripe figs, in bulk amounts, their fingers are wounded by the figs’ milk, wrapping their fingers with the best possible way, with nylon bags pieces and trying to bring home money. If you don’t like peeling figs to make incir reçeli, fig jam, you…