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Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Tomato Confit, Pesto and Oven-Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

November 02nd, 2012  | Category: Bread, Breakfast and Brunch, Preserving, Restaurants, Vegetarian


Finally, after what has felt like an eternity, I've stepped out of the house. Or, as my father puts it, I've finally left my lair. Of course, I'm not counting the instances where I rush to the grocery store - looking like Dexter right after he fillets his victim (it's pomegranate season) - snatch the missing ingredients for whichever recipe I'm working on and return - in ...

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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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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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Cukurcuma – A hidden treasure for antique enthusiasts

Cukurcuma – A hidden treasure for antique enthusiasts

June 21st, 2007  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


When people visit Istanbul, they usually prefer to go to Grand Bazaar for antique and kilim shopping. They are missing a lot. Grand Bazaar surely is a place worth visiting over and over, but there is another spot. One that is a hidden treasure.

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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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