1001 Faces of Istanbul

Istanbul…… one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it ‘capital of the World’ or ‘capital of the Empire’, others ‘cradle of cultures’ and others ‘the worst place to live’; ‘ hell on earth’. Graffiti on the streets of Istanbul (I don’t know about the Heaven, but the Hell is here) I’ve spentContinue reading “1001 Faces of Istanbul”

4 Reasons to Love Ramadan

One more year has passed and Ramadan (Turkish Ramazan) is again here. What is Ramadan? Well, first of all, is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims follow the lunar calendar, that is why according to the solar calendar, dates vary every year. So, if we compare it to the solar calendar, the monthContinue reading “4 Reasons to Love Ramadan”

Week #16: The Golden Horn View

What makes a perfect breakfast for you? For me, a delicious, fresh food and a good company. Breakfast has to give me a fuel for a day. However, some people go just for a nice view. I’ve noticed that many new terrace cafes have opened on the roofs between Süleymaniye and Eminönü districts. I haveContinue reading “Week #16: The Golden Horn View”

Week #15: Calling All Cheese Lovers

A few years ago I wouldn’t believe you, but cheese can take you to paradise. I have discovered a yummy kaymak a few weeks ago (A Kaymak Made in Heaven) in the Galata district. When I was younger I didn’t like cheese at all. Then I started with the basics and now I love someContinue reading “Week #15: Calling All Cheese Lovers”

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 #10: Vanilla Sky

This weekend spring we could get a taste of spring. Finally! So eating breakfast out and chasing some sunshine seemed like a perfect idea. The road (or a stomach, who knows) led me to one of my favourite neighbourhoods: Balat. I haven’t visited Fener and Balat for a few months, so every time I comeContinue reading “Week #10: Vanilla Sky”

In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends

Istanbul. Take a (guide) book of this city. How many times can you find words like “bridge”, “where cultures meet” “Europe and Asia”? I bet many times. The city of Istanbul has been regarded as a bridge between Europe and Asia countless times. It indeed is a place where cultures meet and mix. A meltingContinue reading “In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends”

Week #9: Something different, something more

Another breakfast, again in Teşvikiye, what kind of difference are you talking about, Spelayla??!!! Well, I am talking about self-service all you can eat breakfast. That is something different, right? And not only that, there is one more plus – less waste. Turkish breakfast can be just too big sometimes and there is a lotContinue reading “Week #9: Something different, something more”

The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire

(This piece was originally published and written for Yabangee; all photos are courtesy of Zeeshan Malick.) Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for centuries. Sultans and their wives, princes, viziers and pashas loved to show their power and wealth by building palaces, mosques, hamams, summer houses (köşk) and other types of buildings. Who doesn’tContinue reading “The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire”

Week #8: Wake up – Breakfast – Siesta – Dinner?

What is your perfect weekend plan? Mine would be something like waking up (not too early), going out for a good breakfast (in a good company), then wandering around Istanbul and taking some rest … and before you know, it’s time for a dinner and in a blink of an eye, Sunday is over. ThisContinue reading “Week #8: Wake up – Breakfast – Siesta – Dinner?”