Pure by Cuppa @ Harvey Nichols

Pure by Cuppa @ Harvey Nichols

October 16th, 2006  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


A couple of months ago, Turkey's first open-air mall opened in İstanbul: Kanyon. Besides its unusual architecture, the main attraction of the mall (for me at least) was some of the new brands that entered the Turkish market. Among these, I was extremely happy with Haagen Dazs and Wagamama. Although the traffic from home or office to the mall is a bitch, it didn't matter. There was ...

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5 Things to Eat Before You Die

5 Things to Eat Before You Die

October 05th, 2006  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Melissa at The Traveler's Lunchbox started a project in August, asking fellow bloggers to name 5 things to eat before they die. Brilliant idea. To be honest, as a list maniac, I am surprised to realize that I haven't made such a list yet (at least in my mind)! A million things popped up in my mind. However, it took me only a minute to come up with the ...

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Castroville Artichoke

Castroville Artichoke

June 08th, 2006  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc., Restaurants, Vegetarian


It was right after my graduation... Baking Fairy and I were residing at the foggy 22nd and Balboa in San Francisco. I was desperately looking for work, she was still studying... We needed a change, so we decided to take a trip to LA. To make the trip more enjoyable, we decided to take Highway 1. I guess it added a couple of exhausting hours to the ...

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Sirloin Steak in Cafe de Paris Sauce

Sirloin Steak in Cafe de Paris Sauce

April 17th, 2006  | Category: Meat, Memoir/Meme/Misc.


A friend of mine, who is a very talented sculptor, had an exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland last year. This was her first exhibition abroad so a couple of friends and I decided to go with her in advance of the opening day to help with the set up. During our 3 day stay, I spent nearly every minute of my free time at a store called Globus. Not ...

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Poor Man’s Lentil

Poor Man’s Lentil

April 09th, 2006  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Back in the spring of '99, after endless days of house hunting, Özlem and I managed to find a 3 bedroom flat in the foggiest and most depressing district of San Francisco - Richmond district, 22nd and Balboa to be specific - just a day prior to getting kicked out by our landlord, who looked like the Chinese twin of Joan Collins. Sick and tired of getting ...

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