Mung Bean Salad

Mung Bean Salad

June 19th, 2008 | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


The above mung bean salad wasn't actually included in the original "San Francisco on The Bosphorus" menu. Instead, I planned to prepare another traditional salad called Gavurdagi, which is usually served at kebab restaurants. A small Mexican restaurant on Columbus Street (crossing Chestnut) that we used to visit with colleagues for lunch on a regular basis was the inspiration. They would always bring a complimentary bowl of tortilla ...

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Dear Readers of The San Francisco Chronicle

Dear Readers of The San Francisco Chronicle

June 11th, 2008 | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Remember me? The Turkish guy that landed at the San Francisco International Airport on a foggy Fall morning ten years ago? Yes, the one that turned heads at Crissy Fields every Sunday on top of his rollerblades. I am sure we've met in one way or another. We might have brushed up against each other in a coffee house somewhere downtown, maybe flirted across tables in a restaurant ...

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The Princes’ Islands

The Princes’ Islands

June 02nd, 2008 | Category: Travel


First, an announcement. Words Without Borders is celebrating its Global Gourmet issue this month. They are featuring guest essays by food writers and bloggers from around the world. I am truly honored to be a part of this exciting gathering, celebrating and enjoying the stories shared by food enthusiasts. Here's a sample of what's to come: Niloufer Ichaporia King (author of My Bombay Kitchen, which I am currently ...

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