Samphire – Poor Man’s Asparagus

Samphire – Poor Man’s Asparagus

March 13th, 2007  | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


"Half-way down / Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade!" Shakespeare, King Lear. The pickled version of this herb with the funny nickname was once so popular (and salable) that men risked their necks to collect it from the rocks. Hence the reference to the danger involved in collecting it. Samphire originated in the shores of Great Britain and northern Europe and grows in rocky salt-sprayed regions of the ...

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Stuffed Vine Leaves & The Ultimate Dolma Machine

Stuffed Vine Leaves & The Ultimate Dolma Machine

September 25th, 2006  | Category: Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


I am always on the lookout for interesting finds to blog about and I had my eyes extra wide open on the day of my Grand Bazaar visit. I knew something special would come along. On our way down from Grand Bazaar to the kitchen supplies store, we walked by a street stand. This man was showcasing a simple yet very handy tool, which I'd like to ...

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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

August 31st, 2006  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


Picture this: Shopping (and eating) all day long with two shopaholic friends in a very hot and humid day at The Grand Bazaar, where there are 4000 shops with most of them ranging between 2-3 sq. meters and crammed with people inside, pushing and poking while shopping like crazy. Oh and you hate shopping. Well, hate is a big word actually. Let's say that unless it ...

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Durusu & Beyti

Durusu & Beyti

May 17th, 2006  | Category: Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine


After such a miserable winter, summer has finally arrived. In order to take advantage of this nice weather, friends and I spent an amazing Saturday in the open air and finished the day off with a scrumptious dinner at Beyti, which is my favorite restaurant in Istanbul. Beyti is one of the oldest restaurants in İstanbul that serves traditional Turkish food, specializing in meat dishes. It is not ...

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The Mansion

The Mansion

May 07th, 2006  | Category: Friends, Turkish Cuisine


After reading Keiko's Gum Mastic Ice Cream post, I knew I had to write about a wonderful pudding that I frequently eat at my very close friends' house, which we call "The Mansion". Looking over the amazing Bosphorus, The Mansion is a home to two very dear friends, their two incredibly sweet and funny kids, the most beautiful Golden Retriever on the planet (who is as meek ...

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