Browsing by Category: Turkish Cuisine

alex's place

When I was assigned to write a profile of Istanbul’s cocktail culture and its foremost figure, Alex Waldman, over a year ago, the city was utterly different than it is today. Before the Gezi Park Protests, a piece pontificating on the virtues of nigella seed syrup and lamenting the dearth of Sherry in Turkey had its place. But in (more…)

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Photo by Şemsa Denizsel.

There’s a lot of talk in Istanbul’s culinary circles lately about the “New Anatolian Cuisine”, an approach that distances itself from European ingredients and techniques while embracing and modernizing Anatolian regional cooking. A number of restaurants have opened or re-branded in the past year or so, devoting (more…)

The Speakeasy
Photo credit: Elisia Menduni

Yesterday I was a guest on Heritage Radio Network’s “The Speakeasy”. I had a blast talking to host Damon Boelte about Rome’s and Istanbul’s cocktails scenes, as well as the importance of spirits publications like the soon-to-launch online magazine Punch. You can listen to the full broadcast here. HRN’s (more…)

Euphrates dam Elazig

The Euphrates. It’s the stuff that dreams and freshman year history classes are made of. I had seen its crescent-shaped path slice through the maps of Turkey, Syria and Iraq a million times, but I had never seen it up close nor grasped its utter beauty. I caught my first glimpse of its serene, steel blue waters (more…)

slow fish istanbul

The fist edition of Slow Fish Istanbul will be held October 17-20 at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’s Albert Long Hall. The four-day event is being organized by Slow Food İstanbul’s Fikir Sahibi Damaklar convivium and will bring together over 70 delegates from 10 countries in the region to discuss and collaborate (more…)