New Istanbulites: Mohammad Alard, the chef behind “Beyond Kitchen”

I met Mohammad a few years ago when we were both volunteering for a local NGO. Everyone in the group knew that he was studying Gastronomy and, if you attended an event with him, you would sooner or later realise that he loved speaking in public. I reconnected with him recently in cooking events heContinue reading “New Istanbulites: Mohammad Alard, the chef behind “Beyond Kitchen””

Week #32: Back to (Delicious) Basics

Hello breakfast lovers! I has been a month or two since I have published my previous breakfast recommendation. In this period, an interesting and also concerning article was published in Turkish media: popular and often too big to eat serpme breakfasts are the infamous contributors to food waste in Turkey. According to Turkish Foundation forContinue reading “Week #32: Back to (Delicious) Basics”

Week #27: Grandma at Barcelona

Oma, a grandma, is always a food expert, isn’t she? I have visited Grandma in Istanbul before and I was pretty happy with the breakfast she served me. This time I have visited Oma in Barcelona and I wasn’t disappointed either. And I think no one was since there was actually line in front ofContinue reading “Week #27: Grandma at Barcelona”

Week #11: Dandy

You have to take time for your breakfast. And for your friends. And I think that the concept of the Turkish breakfast brings together friends (or family) and food. Isn’t that a great concept? Weekend breakfasts are usually ideal time for gatherings and spending time with people close to you. But sometimes, this is notContinue reading “Week #11: Dandy”

Week #7: A Kaymak made in Heaven

Week number seven was a delicious surprise. This time I decided to stroll down from the Şişhane metro stop towards Karaköy and find a nice breakfast place on my way. When I passed the Galata tower I turned left, because I recalled that I once saw a “Wonka” sign. When I saw a “Wonka” sign again IContinue reading “Week #7: A Kaymak made in Heaven”

Week #5: A Garden on an Island

Have you always wanted to enjoy your Turkish breakfast in a quiet, nice and sunny garden? This spring you have a perfect excuse for a (breakfast) trip to Büyükada. Srgüzeşt Otel at Büyükada might not have a sea view, but their hidden garden is a great place for a relaxed breakfast. If the weather isContinue reading “Week #5: A Garden on an Island”

Week #4: Nothing Compares to Grandma’s Cooking

Mother’s food is always one of the best. The taste or smell itself can take you back to childhood… but grandmas food is a pure magic. Your grandma might not be in Istanbul, but there is a Grandma in Istanbul. That’s a great news, isn’t it? She ıs waiting for you every day, just behindContinue reading “Week #4: Nothing Compares to Grandma’s Cooking”

Week #3: A Cup of Tea in Karaköy

My next #breakfast destination is hidden between iş hans (office blocks) and bazaars in Karaköy. It’s not located where the most fashionable coffee shops in Tophane/Karaköy area are, but it’s on the other side of Karaköy, close to the Arab camii and just behind the Tünel entrance.   You might find some poetry hidden on yourContinue reading “Week #3: A Cup of Tea in Karaköy”

Week #2: Breakfast at Bahçeköy

This is one of my favourite places and (as you can see above) they are famous for their böreks. Tarihi Bilice Börekçisi gets quite busy during the weekends. The smell of freshly made börek attracts all Istanbulites to this rather hidden and not very centric breakfast place in Bahçeköy. Here you will find all varietisContinue reading “Week #2: Breakfast at Bahçeköy”

52 (Turkish) Breakfast Ideas

New year, new me breakfast! Who doesn’t like this very Turkish tradition of having a late breakfast on the weekend? Even better if in a bigger group of people, when your table is full of breakfast delights? I am definitely one of the biggest Turkish breakfast lovers, so here is my goal for 2018: discover aContinue reading “52 (Turkish) Breakfast Ideas”