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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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Halil Lahmacun – Istanbul

Two facts about lahmacun. Must be thin. Must be crispy. And must be delicious. Some with garlic, some with onion. Always good quality flour, meat and a know-how. Tiny restaurant, Halil Lahmacun has been serving to Istanbul locals since 1980. Their success is the sustainability. The lahmacun is crisp, little…

Şekerci Cafer Erol – Istanbul

Before you go in the wonderland, you have to decide what you want to purchase, otherwise you feel like Alice falling down the hall. A sweet dream. A paradise of sweets. 203 years old establishment and run by fifth and sixth generation. In the heart of Kadıköy Food Market, its…

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi – Istanbul

Third generation, same place, same menu. Pure success story. Lot of similar restaurants popped up in years, scattering around Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi. They stayed the original, humble, delicious. Entering through the door you find the grill on one of your side, the cash register on the other. If full you…

Petek Büfe – Istanbul

In  the good old days, when fathers or grandfathers took their sons or grandsons to a movie, they used to stop at Petek Büfe to grab a bite. But not any bite. The name was Artist! A hot dog sandwich, what made all the fuss. As years passed they had…

Sora Margherita – Rome

Go to Rome on artichoke season, you will  not regret it. A very small window, one small door. Some wooden chairs scattered outside, for the miserable ones waiting.  A narrow street, a street church. Two women, standing bold and ready to rock. They make Jewish Italian food. Home cooking to…

Jen Cafe – London

Little green corner shop. A-in-the-middle-of-Chinatown- hidden-gem.  One of the many reasons to return London over and over again. Years ago, we ended there on a wet  London day. We were cold and wanted something to sooth us up, physically and mentally. Then we saw this little window display, where a…

Yank Sing – San Francisco

A long ceremony. A big pot of jasmine tea. Smiling Chinese people surround you. No music. Not needed. A slight clanging sound in the air. Dim sum carts rolling up to your table. The Cantonese delicacy. The moment we were waiting for. Just say tea and begin to choose from…

Sabırtaşı – Istanbul

In loving memory of Ali Topçuoğlu His face was one of the faces I had gotten familiar in the first years I moved to Istanbul. His apron was spotlessly white and clean, buttoned to the last one.  He always had it on. He had that beautiful display, where he got…

Borough Market – London

I can not write enough about my one and only Borough Market. The place. The only place I want to return every year. And I do. We choose a Friday for the flight and when land to mother London, we leave the bags to our hotel then hop on the…

Belgo Centraal – London

A huge, shelter like place with a different and powerful effect on you. Probably full. Always full. Entrance is from the street level. You may watch the loud and slammed kitchen working, with a bird’s eye view and probably sipping you beer at the same time, while waiting. The restaurant…