Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

February 10th, 2008  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


I haven't been baking much lately. A terrible flu season just got started and I have had my share. As soon as I started feeling better, I kept a promise I made earlier and took two friends to Çiya for their first experience. After Çiya, we toured around the Kadiköy food market and stopped by Baylan Patisserie for their famous Kup Griye. Kadiköy, as well as Çiya ...

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My Last Meal

My Last Meal

December 09th, 2007  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


A few weeks ago, Matt Gross of The New York Times asked me THE question: "If it was your last meal, what would you eat in İstanbul?" I didn't need to think twice.

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Pera Thai

Pera Thai

November 01st, 2006  | Category: Restaurants


I am mad about Thai food. Unfortunately, there are not that many Thai restaurants in Istanbul. In fact, there are not that many restaurants representing other countries' food in Istanbul. I am pretty sure some Turkish people will disagree, but my bar is high. I am not counting some street corner/all touristic Thai or Indian restaurant located in Sultanahmet area with distasteful shop sign boards. And I ...

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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

August 31st, 2006  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


Picture this: Shopping (and eating) all day long with two shopaholic friends in a very hot and humid day at The Grand Bazaar, where there are 4000 shops with most of them ranging between 2-3 sq. meters and crammed with people inside, pushing and poking while shopping like crazy. Oh and you hate shopping. Well, hate is a big word actually. Let's say that unless it ...

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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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