Browsing by Category: Turkish Cuisine

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…)

gravyer wide

It’s been a while since a trip has changed me for the better. Delays, lost luggage, interminable waits at baggage claim and the squalid conditions at Fiumicino Airport are enough to make anyone embittered. My deep affection for efficiency and innate cynicism make me particularly susceptible. For (more…)

kasar kars

By noon, I was drenched in whey, caked in cow shit and my left hand itched. It was pretty much the best day ever. It started in the workshop of a small kaşar producer near Kars, where cow’s milk curds are melted and worked by hand into this traditional Anatolian cheese. The visit was part of a full immersion into Kars’ food culture organized by İlhan Koçulu (more…)

semsa kars
Şemsa channeling her inner Ceres.

Today I profiled a Milan fashion blogger for a British publication. Already under normal circumstances, a puff piece like this would have driven me to the verge self-harm. But in light of my recent visit to Kars, the profound pointlessness of the aforementioned subject was even more (more…)