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Lunch at The Mansion

Lunch at The Mansion

September 23rd, 2008  | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


No recipe today. Just some snaps from a lunch we had at The Mansion last week. We were sitting around the table, reading the paper and having tea and all of a sudden we realized that it was way past lunch time. The lady of the house started listing what she had in the fridge from the day before: "Let's see... We have braised Romano beans, borek... ...

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Another Sunday at the Mansion

Another Sunday at the Mansion

July 09th, 2007  | Category: Friends, Ice Cream & Sorbet


Yes, we never get bored of The Mansion. But you know that already. How can you with a sweet creature like this? The highlight of the day was the peach ice cream from David's new book The Perfect Scoop. I bought the book almost a month ago and finally got around to trying recipes after weeks of salivating. Numerous blogs have praised it and I am not going ...

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Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

July 02nd, 2007  | Category: Friends, Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


We could finally breathe after the heat wave that slapped İstanbul on the face last week. With the humidity and the temperature over 100 F outside, I vegetated at my air-conditioned habitat. The weather cooled down a bit on the weekend. We laid our beach towels, prepared ice-cold lemonades and started cooking. There were quite a lot of people at my friends' house (which we call The Mansion), so ...

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Spring is here!

Spring is here!

April 24th, 2007  | Category: Friends


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. We grilled mini meat patties and lamb chops and started eating.

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Ralph & The Mansion

Ralph & The Mansion

March 29th, 2007  | Category: Friends


I left work a little earlier than usual yesterday to take advantage of the sunset. It is that time of the year; when all the magnolia trees in The Mansion bloom. Some are white and some are dark purple. Amazing scenery with the sun going down. As always, Ralph was way too cooperative in posing for this amateur photographer. Ralph is the best model a photographer can have. He ...

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