Mung Bean Salad

Mung Bean Salad

June 19th, 2008  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


The above mung bean salad wasn't actually included in the original "San Francisco on The Bosphorus" menu. Instead, I planned to prepare another traditional salad called Gavurdagi, which is usually served at kebab restaurants. A small Mexican restaurant on Columbus Street (crossing Chestnut) that we used to visit with colleagues for lunch on a regular basis was the inspiration. They would always bring a complimentary bowl of tortilla ...

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Kasimpasa Kastamonu Food Market

Kasimpasa Kastamonu Food Market

April 27th, 2008  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Turkish Cuisine


April 20th, 2008 Sunday, the break of dawn, Cafe Fernando Residences. 4:45 AM - While most of my friends are returning home from long hours of clubbing, I wake up at this ungodly hour - my eyes bloodshot red. I am going to the Kasimpasa Kastamonu food market for the love of blogging. I have to be there around 5:30 AM, right before all the restaurant owners and ...

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Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

Celeriac with Green Apple and Orange

March 04th, 2008  | Category: Fruit, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetable, Vegetarian


It may look like a giant wart, but once you get past the knobbly exterior you are greeted by a deliciously-perfumed flesh. Celeriac, often called the vegetable world's ugly duckling, is a fragrant root vegetable that tastes like celery minus the fibrous texture. To me, it is actually much tastier than celery due to its amazing ability to absorb flavors. Everything you throw in the pot ...

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Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

Baylan, Cup Griye and Snaps from Kadiköy Food Market

February 10th, 2008  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


I haven't been baking much lately. A terrible flu season just got started and I have had my share. As soon as I started feeling better, I kept a promise I made earlier and took two friends to Çiya for their first experience. After Çiya, we toured around the Kadiköy food market and stopped by Baylan Patisserie for their famous Kup Griye. Kadiköy, as well as Çiya ...

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A Winter Drink That Makes Your Boobs Grow Bigger

A Winter Drink That Makes Your Boobs Grow Bigger

January 17th, 2008  | Category: Turkish Cuisine


Winter in Istanbul is magical. Come January, the city would almost always be buried under a thick coat of snow, but with the global warming, seeing an inch of it nowadays has become a dream. It snowed two weeks ago, but the feast ended very quickly. But here is another feast that is associated with winter in Istanbul. This magical winter drink is called Boza, and it makes ...

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