Istanbul

Musa Dağdeviren
the food pioneer on Chef’s Table

As I watch Musa on the screen, chopping meat with zırh to make kebab, I felt so proud. Proud, as it was me who is on Netflix, The Chefs Table Season 5. I felt the belonging down to my bones, the culture, the identity of my country’s cuisine being celebrated…

Meze – A way of life

As the waiter approaches with the biggest tray full of small plates filled with delicious meze possible, a sheer excitement starts at the table. It almost requires a doctrine to be able to choose a balanced selection of mezze to accompany your preferred drink, in this case, rakı… Derived from…

kimliğimizi kaybediyoruz…

Hep o Depeche Mode şarkıları yüzünden. Alır beni başka bir zaman bağlar, kimliğimin o zamanlarına yol açar. O şarkıları dinlediğim yıllara, anlara, yerlere uzar giderim. Beni ben yapan zamanları, şarkılar üzerinden kurulan dostlukları, yaşanmışlıkları hatırlar tebessüm ederim. Yoldaysam sessiz kalamam, yanımdan geçenlerin tasvip etmeyen bakışları beni daha da eğlendirir ve…

Istanbul, right now…

Really, what is happening with all the terrorist attacks, with the turmoil in politics, a failed coup attempt, subdued economic depression, urban transformations and all the negative things going on around in Istanbul and in Turkey? That is what you have been reading and hearing about my city anyway. But…

Erasing the history

Is it just the beginning, is it gonna get worse? The law is clear as crystal, it was put into action on July 2014, giving the power to landlords to evacuate their tenants after 10 years of residence without any negotiation, erasing the history. A cutthroat law paving the way to…

Faces of Turkey by The Perennial Plate!

It was a very hot summer day in Istanbul… Me, Daniel and Mirra of The Perennial Plate strolled all day long…  I took them to my favorite places, introduced them to my favorite people… We ate, we talked, had a good time and they shot their video… I was happy…

Editorial inedible post

First of all, thank you all, who have been sending me emails, who are keeping me and Istanbul in their thoughts, you are very kind and supportive. Means a lot! Since the resistance/national awakening began, we do not sleep, eat, or do anything then resist, but life goes on as usual at…

Don’t look any further you have Katie’s Istanbul app!

My dear friend Katie’s İstanbul app is out and rocking! If you are heading to Istanbul or planning or not, does not matter the reason cause you do not need one, this little piece of app is a food lovers paradise, easy to use, accurate and fun! Selected deliciously, it…