Monthly Archives: June 2010

Letter From An Istanbul Kitchen Part 3: Pera Sisore. Tuscaloosa Comes to Beyoglu

When planning my trip to Istanbul I envisioned eating the Turks’  version of soul food. I read this article: Pera Sisore: Black Sea Magic on the Istanbul Eats website, and it convinced me that indeed, good soul food can be … Continue reading

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Letter From An Istanbul Kitchen Part 2: Van Kahvalti Evi. Short Order Kurds in Cihangir

I can eat breakfast morning, noon and night. The traditional Turkish breakfast however {bread, jam, olives and cheese} leaves me cold. I was raised in the American South and our custom dictates fried eggs, country ham, grits, sawmill gravy and … Continue reading

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Best Molino in San Antonio Texas: La Bandera Molino

There are different levels of seriousness when it comes to Mexico cookery. The hard working Mexicans at  La Bandera Molino are taking the taco game to a higher plane altogether. La Bandera Molino is a molino, which is to say … Continue reading

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Letter From An Istanbul Kitchen Part 1: Kasap Osman. Osman the Butcher Plys His Meat Trade in Sirkeci

I researched restaurants quite a bit before coming to Istanbul. I first read about Kasap Osman on Istanbul Eats  {http://istanbuleats.com/2009/06/kasap-osman-a-cure-for-doner-fatigue/ } When the cabbie offers to take me to Sirkeci for 25 lira, I nearly bust a gut. I’m in … Continue reading

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Istanbul Confidential Part 2. Drinking Under the Radar: Enginar

On my many walks up the side of the mountain that leads to Beyoglu,  I sometimes become plumb tuckered by the time I get to the Galata Tower. A respite is in order and I often find refuge at Enginar, … Continue reading

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Istanbul Confidential Part I. Drinking Under the Radar: Araf Cafe

I have my liver drop down and give me 20 every night at Araf Cafe on Balo Sokak during the Beyoglu portion of my Istanbul stay. Perched on top of a 5 floor walkup just down the alley from my … Continue reading

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