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2257 Days

2257 Days

February 25th, 2011  | Category: Travel


Or 6 years, 4 months and 11 days. That's how long it has been since the last time I've visited San Francisco. But somehow it really doesn't feel that long. I wonder if this is because even after all these years I still cruise Craigslist ads for rentals (both in San Francisco and Big Sur) or can't go to bed without watching my old neighborhood from the Exploratorium’s ...

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Dear Readers of The San Francisco Chronicle

Dear Readers of The San Francisco Chronicle

June 11th, 2008  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Remember me? The Turkish guy that landed at the San Francisco International Airport on a foggy Fall morning ten years ago? Yes, the one that turned heads at Crissy Fields every Sunday on top of his rollerblades. I am sure we've met in one way or another. We might have brushed up against each other in a coffee house somewhere downtown, maybe flirted across tables in a restaurant ...

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Smoked Salmon Tart

Smoked Salmon Tart

August 07th, 2007  | Category: Fish, Tarts and Pies


Back in San Francisco, Caffe Sapore - being the next-door caffeine shop - was my first stop every morning before work. The cafe sits on a sunny corner at the bottom of Lombard Street and serves a great variety of bagels, salads and sandwiches. The staff was very friendly and the food was always fresh.

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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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San Francisco in Jello

San Francisco in Jello

March 31st, 2006  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.


Just when I think it can't get any better... Ever since I set foot in San Francisco back in 1998, I am in love with this beautiful city. As if its charm was not enough, now we get to eat it. Check out the wonderful creations of Liz Hickok.

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