2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

January 22nd, 2010  | Category: Friends, Memoir/Meme/Misc.


A 22-pound butterball turkey, a tray full of dolmas, another tray full of artichokes in olive oil, stuffing, rice with roasted almonds, thinly sliced carrots cooked in turkey stock and sweetened with maple syrup, three large mixed salads with pomegranate seeds, another very exciting layered salad with shrimps, beets and avocado and crown roast of lamb stuffed with green beans and Brussels sprouts for those who prefer ...

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Cafe Fernando Turns Three

Cafe Fernando Turns Three

March 31st, 2009  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Today, Cafe Fernando turns three. The plans I had for this big day... I was actually planning to go through all the recipes and calculate how much butter, chocolate and eggs I consumed throughout these three years... and then maybe prepare a pie chart with this statistical info.. The biggest slice could have been a chocolate cake with bittersweet chocolate ganache... the other one a lemon pound cake ...

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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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New Member of The Family

New Member of The Family

April 13th, 2008  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Please meet the new member of our family: Altın Örümcek (Golden Spider). This may not be major news to readers outside of Turkey, but Cafe Fernando was chosen Turkey's Best Blog and got The Golden Spider Award last week. The Golden Spider Web Awards is an annual competition, where successful websites are honored in 53 different categories. It is sort of like the Web Oscars in Turkey (minus the ...

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Cafe Fernando Brownies in The Washington Post

Cafe Fernando Brownies in The Washington Post

April 03rd, 2008  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


When Nick Malgieri emailed me a couple of weeks ago asking if I'd be willing to submit a recipe for the piece he was working on for The Washington Post, my heart nearly stopped. The editors also liked my photo, so both the recipe and the photo are featured in Mr. Maligeri's article. He also compiled a small chart of baking bloggers and guess who I share ...

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