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My Chez Panisse Experience

My Chez Panisse Experience

June 23rd, 2011  | Category: Restaurants, Travel


Two years before opening Chez Panisse, Alice Waters, together with her friend from the Montessori Centre, started a journey from London and ended up in a remote village in Turkey. In the middle of nowhere, they ran out of gas and asked for help from a big-eyed boy. The boy mimed there wasn't any gas left to pump and when they asked for food, this time he ...

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My San Francisco

My San Francisco

March 29th, 2011  | Category: Travel


"San Franciscans will save the world." "My heart is in my throat right now!" "Did you hear that?!? He told me to take as many photos as I'd like!" "Dear reader, after not that much thought and consideration, I've decided to stay in San Francisco..." "This chicken dish totally deserves a four-page long recipe." "Can you believe it? I'm standing where once David Lebovitz baked!" "Can you ...

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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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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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