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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…

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…

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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Abdo Döner – Antakya

At Abdo,the dürüm’s taste is zingy, meaty, peppery and the lavaş is crunchy… It is different then any other you had, making you addicted. The dürüm – wrap – is prepared different then the other cities. First the lavaş is dipped in to the oil in the tray, under the…

Sorry, but no: Çardak Pide – Trabzon

Trabzon is very well known for its pide. We had only one lunch and one dinner in the city, we chose the “very very best pideci” for lunch, result : a huge disappointment simmered in a lot of sadness! Çardak Pide has nothing to offer! The pide is their specialty….

Kaburgacı Selim Amca – Diyarbakır

Quiet streets. Lunch time. Barely. Early lunch, late breakfast hour lets say. Avery modest, very local spot. It all started with the pomegranate sprinkled ezme, then came haşlama içliköfte. Piping hot, one bite to tuck in, the taste of the meat, the spices, pistachio and of course cracked wheat, bulgur….

Cafe Einstein – Berlin

On your way to  the spectacular museums of Berlin, stop by Einstein Cafe for Hausgemachter Apfelstrudel mit Vanillesauce, homemade applestrudel with vanilla sauce. Coffee is good too! Best served with its thin créme anglaise – custard- like vanilla sauce, and literally the big slice of apfelstrudel is resting in it. …

Sorry, but no: Bursa Kebapçısı – Istanbul

All I ever wanted is a good iskender. Bursa Kebapçısı at Ağa Camii Sokak in Beyoğlu, has a name for iskender. Iskender is a simple dish made with doner, pide, tomato sauce and finished with butter. That simple! The simplest things are hardest to find. Very ordinary, leaving your tummy…

Namlı Rumeli Köftecisi – Istanbul

Namlı Rumeli Köftecisi has been in service for almost 30 years now. Their specialty is little balls of heaven, or generally called, köfte! One bite, it is perfectly cooked, a little pink in the middle, moist, all meat jus is kept inside, seared on the outside. When you see the…