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Stuffed Artichoke
aka Enginar Dolma

We like to stuff every vegetable in Turkey. So we stuff artichokes too, that is not so bizarre after all. With or without lamb meat would be your choice, but my choice would be with a lot of herbs and a little bit of bulgur. All winter long I wait…

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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I have been searching for the perfect lemon tart for how many years I do not recall. Well… I found it! It is tart. It is creamy, it is velvety, it has taste, texture, it has the right size. It is the right thing. “The lemon tart”. Mine. All mine!…

Simit – Istanbul

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Çiya Sofrası – Istanbul

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Fauna – Istanbul

5 tables plus open kitchen plus soothing jazz music plus homemade pasta equals to this little gem in Kadıköy. For there you find the freshest ingredients forming tasteful plates of silky dough coated with the a la minute sauce… White surrounds you, the smell warms you and sets you up…

Karadeniz Pide Döner Salonu – Istanbul

Meat… Tasty, juicy,thin layers of lean meat stacked on each other, rotating on a vertical spit, cooking slowly. The meat is from lamb and beef. It is marinated before, so you do not need to add neither salt nor anything else. The tender and utmost delicious döner is served in…

Karaköy Güllüoğlu – Istanbul

In between the paper thin flakes of dough you see the ruby green of crushed pisstachios… You smell the butter, you taste the pisstachios, then the crunchiness of the dough and the taste blows in you mouth then sublimes you to a new level of zen. This place has always…

Chestnut Stalls

You start to smell burning coal while you stroll Istanbul these days. The fumes are like messengers of good news. Good news of approaching winter and the delicious winter tastes, and in this case it is the chestnuts grilling slowly on the small-tiny bbq’s of street sellers. Just go out,…