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The book opens with the famous words of Ara Güler, “Fish is caught, not with net or rod, but with rakı.” –Ne ağ, ne olta, balık rakıyla yakalanır.-  As for sure you have heard us bragging about rakı-balık , rakı and fish, as for sure rakı in our dining culture has...
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Although Istanbul is bursting with new coffee shops almost around every corner, I love sticking to my fave ones. Another one of them is Petra Roasting Co. at Selenium Residence just off the Barbaros Boulevard, off the beaten path. Kaan Bergsen is the founder/roaster/geek of this place. He selectively picks the beans...
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48 hours in Istanbul is never enough! You think you will be thorn in between the Hagia Sophia, a Bosphorus tour, may be a Princes Island getaway, what about Chora Museum and Istanbul Modern? The fantastic sunset from Galata Tower?  It all comes to why you are in Istanbul! Since...
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On the phone with Asım Usta -to me-: Where have you been?!! The nature of our conversations, meetings have always been the same, the same kindness, sincerity, friendship coming from years and years of me being their loyal customer, and supporter of one of the true artisans of Istanbul and...
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“Bir milletin edebiyatı, musikisi, mimarlığı yanında mutbağı da vardır. Yemeği güzel sanatlar derecesine yükselten aşçılarımızla öğünebiliriz.” Bir tasvirini okurken iki satırının arasından seni başka dünyaya çeker, onun kelimelerindeki mekan ve zamana gitmişsindir, artık şimdide değilsindir. Konaklar, lokantalar, restoranlar, mahalleler arasında dolaşırsın. Yemek severdir, ağzının tadını bilir ve yemek pişirmeye de...
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On a bright and crisp winter morning, I was greeted by the snowy mountains from afar as the plane landed to Elazığ Airport. The sun was shining above, leaving my heart and soul warm with a smile on my face… Elazığ has been the lands of viniculture and wine production...
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Offal, that mighty meat! History reveals itself, it is said the offal was served to Gods… It was believed that it gave power to men giving them a strong will to fight and make their nations stronger…Once it was called the food of the poor… That same offal was also...
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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...
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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...
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I wonder why we are loosing or lost already our connection with genuine things… Why are we settling for the colorless… What is the derivative here, just time? Or did we loose the sense of the value? When did the world took this irreversible step? Since you have been reading...
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