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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Vera’s Almodrote

Vera’s Almodrote

February 21st, 2011  | Category: Friends, Travel, Vegetable, Vegetarian


Here's the first dish Vera prepared with the ingredients we bought from the Alaçatı farmers market: Almodrote de Kalavasa. It is a zucchini flan with Sephardic origins and very close to the zucchini au gratin my mother used to make when I was a little boy. Actually, not much has changed since then; I still don't get excited about zucchinis (unless they're fried). So when Vera mentioned she ...

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Alaçatı

Alaçatı

February 01st, 2011  | Category: Travel


Alaçatı, also known as the windsurfers' paradise, is a small village with stone villas situated on the eastern shoreline of the Aegean Sea. The closest town is Çeşme, which is another popular holiday resort on the west coast of Turkey. Two very dear friends of mine, Mahir and Vera, bought an empty lot there a year ago and had been working on building their dream house. The ...

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