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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…

Making Kars Gravyeri at Boğatepe Köyü

Have  you travelled to East of Turkey? Do you know that particular blue that hangs above you? How crispy the mornings are… How bright the sun shines… How green the meadows and plateau that all surround you… Endless visibility…. I love every inch of my country! At Kars we were…

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…

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Food Photo – Ekmek

Does not matter where you are, who you are, what you like to eat, bread is may be one common thing unite human beings. The shape does not matter, it always there, always will be. It is the main staple, it is the fertility of land, it is the one…

Sweet Street Food

Sweet on wheels! While we were down at Mediterranean coast, Anamur, I ran into this magical street seller, while the others were visiting museum, it was a dream coming true, just the precise moment I was thinking of something sweet, just a bite, I saw this cart… It was more…

Şalgam Suyu

Many  drink sodas to beat down the thirst. I prefer something salty rather than sweet. Usually I end up drinking a glass of herb ayran or şalgam suyu. Şalgam suyu is a local drink around Çukurova meaning, Adana, Mersin and even Hatay. Locals prepare şalgam suyu either for their consumption…

Köfte & Piyaz – Büyükada

In Büyükada, you supposed to eat fish, right? Wrong! The lining restaurants at the seaside, which apply different fees to different kinds of customers, you never know which one you are till you get the bill, you may end up paying an unexpected amount of money, to an unworthy meal….

Büyükada Pastanesi – Büyükada

On a nice sunny morning we hopped on a ferry and began our trip to Büyükada. The sea is calm, a little breeze, seagulls literally crying…and hungry stomachs. By the time we finished our coffee in the travel mugs finished we approached Büyükada. It was about time for breakfast, so…

Food Photo – Gözleme

In Turkey, there are many kinds of food made from dough and gözleme is one of them. Gözleme is yufka, dough without yeast, hand rolled to thin and filled with many ingredients like, cheese, potatoes, mince meat, etc,  folded and cooked on a sac, which a convex shaped burner made…

Çınaraltı – Antakya

Künefe is made with kadayıf, butter, special unsalted cheese and syrup made from water and sugar. It is a very simple dessert, yet it is hard to maintain this simplicity. Yusuf Usta started his small künefe shop, because he wanted to eat a decent künefe in the land of künefe!…

Sorry, but no: Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi – Istanbul

Very sorry to say, but Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi’s coffees are so much roasted, pitch black dark roasted, burnt, you can not get the taste of the coffee but a burnt substance.  Why not buy the high quality beans and process it? I would definitely pay more for decent Turkish…

Dondurmacı Yaşar Usta – Istanbul

You bite into the half lemon, catch that thought, then add sip of lemonade, there, you have the perfect tangy slurp of  the lemon ice cream of Yaşar Usta. It is not a shy from lemon ice cream, it is old school. Like all his  other fruit ice creams. When…

Sorry, but no: Kanaat Lokantası – Istanbul

I held myself so long for this entry. It makes me sad as I  write because, Kanaat Lokantası is one of the oldest esnaf lokantası, tradesman restaurants in Istanbul. But the other day, again and again the same thing happened.  Within the last years the quality of the ingredients, the…