Turkish Food

Offal, that mighty meat!

Offal, that mighty meat! History reveals itself, it is said the offal was served to Gods… It was believed that it gave power to men giving them a strong will to fight and make their nations stronger…Once it was called the food of the poor… That same offal was also…

Yogurt, the delicious fermentation

Yogurt is yogurt, for us. Not a big fuss, one of the essential ingredients of every household. We love yogurt, not a secret. On the lands of Anatolia, people know how to make yogurt instinctively, sensing how long milk should boil and measuring the temperature of milk, with tip of…

Anatolia, Adventures in Turkish Cooking

The book opens up with a baklava spread page, different cuts, golden crust, I could almost hear their crispiness in my ear, sweetness in my mouth. As we say in Turkey, tatlı yiyelim, tatlı konuşalım, let’s eat sweet, talk sweet. I missed Gaziantep… Somer Sivrioğlu, besides being a dear friend,…

Şile Earth Market

To the market, to the market I said, ready in front of the door with my hundred and two shopping bags, sneakers on, lots of small banknotes to make our lives easier at the market. With our Stanley full of cold coffee and ice, my enamel tumblers, E.S.T., The Bad Plus,…

Adana and Kebab

Adana partly Mediterranean, highly Arab influenced, the city of industry, kebab and great people. On my recent trip to the city, after many years, we had great kebab, walked all around the town and spent time with the locals, and eat more. Two cities within one. One part is the old town…

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…

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…