Twisted Breadsticks with Herbs

Twisted Breadsticks with Herbs

Recently I lost my appetite a little bit (this is not something usual if I am not sick) and I don’t know why. Working for long hours and sleeping less might be the reason I guess. During the day I feel like I do not have time to think for a while, instead I have to get one thing done and continue with the next issue on the line. If your work day is something similar to mine you will figure out what I say. Each and everything is so “urgent” undermining the meaning of the word “urgent” (I hate this word and want to remove it from the dictionary? Let me call it the “U” word from now on). Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheese Scoops

Cheese Scoops

I have to admit that the time between this and the previous post is longer than I planned but before being mad at me let me tell you one thing; during this break I was on a trip, the luscious details of which will be shared with you in the coming posts. But for now, I’d like to express my deep sorrow due to an unpleasant occasion that took place recently. Foodies living in Istanbul will definitely know the name Okko famous with its high quality pastries, gourmet cheeses, distinct charcuterie products and various savory snacks. All of a sudden they closed all their 3 branches in different locations and the staff left the place silently without touching anything in the stores. All sort of bakery stuff, breathtaking desserts, best in town vegetables and fruits were deserted to decay. The only difference between the previous day was that there were no customers, no cashiers, no butchers, no one to greet at the door, even no lights but a huge notification taped onto front window saying “store for rent”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hummus with Harissa Sauce


Hummus with Harissa Sauce

It was a perfect weekend with the sun up in the sky as if the weather makes us, people in İstanbul, a favor to amend the recent cloudy days. No need to say we took advantage of the sunshine and allow ourselves to get the utmost enjoyment out of it by crossing over to the European side to walk around the ancient part of the city. However, we may never have known that everyone was planning the same. Let alone the heavy traffic on the road, there was even congestion on pedestrian sidewalks. I can still hear in my mind the old lady muttering “My good lord! Is there any blessed mortal staying at his home today?” Read the rest of this entry »



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