Yes, it is officially Spring in Istanbul. We had an amazing day at The Mansion on Saturday.
When I arrived there just after noon, the table was already set and the BBQ was ready with blazing flames.
Purslane salad and potato börek were side dishes…
We saved the best for last: Braised quince served with fresh clotted cream. It is a traditional Turkish dessert. I must try it at home and post the recipe someday. It is an amazing dessert.
This was just lunch. But as I said earlier, at The Mansion, we eat until we drop.
We had hamburgers for dinner. But not just any hamburger. The hamburger patties as well as the buns are from a butcher called Dükkan. Brothers Emre and Bulent Mermer have been stock-farming and selling their products to 5-star hotels and prestigious restaurants since 1998. In 2004, they decided to take their business to a next level and opened Dükkan. I have never been to their store but heard raving reviews from lots of people. And having tasted their burger patties, it looks like I will be visiting the store quite often.
Ralph was – as always – strategically placed under the table to catch the accidental (and some intentional) food drops.
Is that pear or quince? Please don’t say quince! I haven’t had a proper poached quince dessert for years!
Correction – Quince. I honestly felt sad for you Dolly! I promise to post the recipe soon.
All that food made me hungry! It looks as if you had a great day..
Birkaç aydır Amerikadaydım, bir döndüm, gözlerime inanamadım. Ne güzel şeyler yapmışsın ben takip etmeyeli. Harvey Nichols’u okudum, çok sevindim. Kutlarım. İnşallah en yakın zamanda seni orada ziyaret ederim. Tekrar tekrar tebrikler.
Hoş geldin. Harvey Nichols için maalesef biraz geç kaldın. 3 ay boyunca orası için çalıştım sonra bıraktım. Tam zamanlı bir işim olduğu için vakit ayıramaz oldum. Sanırım yazmak ve fotoğraf çekmek benim için şu sıralar daha uygun!
Oppsss!! Hayat çok hızlı değişiyor. Bilirim nasıl vakit ve enerji alır bu işler.
Neyse önemli olan yazıları ve güzel fotoğrafları bırakmaman 🙂
Isn’t spring just wonderful?! I love it!! and you seem to have had a grand celebration.Fabulous!!! I will visit Istanbul this year.Hooray!!