Alaçatı, a weekend escapade…

Sun is up in the sky and it’s almost two o’clock in the afternoon. We are at Alacati, a small Aegean town which became one of the most popular touristic destinations in Turkey lately. Weather is so humid that I feel like my hand is glued on the handle of our heavy luggage I am pulling on the cobblestone streets for some time. I am a way too bad at keeping the details of any direction told me over the phone. At first I feel like everything is crystal clear in my mind and then realize with despair that I am walking through the same point again to complete my first full circle. It is quite difficult for me to call the person to whom I already talked over the phone twice and told ”Oh, now I got it. Yes, it’s quite easy!” at my last call. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cooking in Paris

Cooking in Paris

We got stuck in a congested Paris street with a car about to run out of gas anytime soon. I am not going to mention this story since I am trying to forget the exact moment I said “We have enough gas to make it to the city centre, no need to lose time with fueling up!”. By a miracle we managed to get there and I felt one of the biggest relieves I had experienced up to now. To my surprise, it looks like we were not late this time. She was waiting there; a young, slim Parisian lady with a fashionably short haircut in front of a door that was opening to a well equipped kitchen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fine Dining in Paris

Eggplant Confit with Cumin

We were on Bugeaud Avenue, tyring to walk as fast as we could with hungry stomachs that made us daydream about our momentous rendezvous arranged weeks before. Needed to take longer steps for not being late. But…Oh my… where was the building with number 16? Were we on the wrong way? Might there be another Bugeaud Avenue on 16th arrondissement? Kept on walking… and yes…Finally, I could read the word “La Table” written on the black sunshade and saw the golden colored wrought iron door. We were so close.

This is one of the two restaurants of the world class French celebrity chef, Joël Robuchon, who had a worldwide record for gaining 26 Michelin stars in total. Read the rest of this entry »

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