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Archive for June 2016

Pergamon (Bergama) Exhibition at NY Metropolitan Museum till July 17, 2016

April 18–July 17, 2016 Exhibition Location: The Tisch Galleries (Gallery 899), second floor The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander’s retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, […]

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Turkey tourism: an industry in crisis

The four-star Garden Resort Bergamot Hotel in Kemer, just outside Antalya, should be 70% full at this time of year. But just 25 of the 233 rooms are taken. “We’ve had to reduce our staff from 80 to 50 and prices have dropped by a third,” says […]

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The ambassadors of Turkish cuisine

This week I want to talk about the two people who represent Turkish cuisine in the world and the brands they have created. Both of them are gourmets and I believe they are more artists than cooks. They are all cultural ambassadors as they are representing Turkish […]

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Columbia University to launch Turkey Studies Center in NY

One of Turkey’s richest families, the Sabancı’s, will donate $10 million to New York-based Columbia University to open a new teaching position and Turkey Studies Center in the name of Sakıp Sabancı, a late Turkish business tycoon. Güler Sabancı, the current chair of Sabancı Holding, told reporters […]

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Turkey sends diplomat Sinirlioğlu to NY as new envoy to UN

A long-awaited governmental decree involving a significant reshuffle of key ambassadorial posts is finally set to go into force, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has already begun personally informing the ambassadors subject to the reshuffle of their reassignment. Accordingly, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, who has been the undersecretary […]

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Ankara Restaurant Bringing Turkish Brunch to DC

Dupont Circle in Washington DC will get a family-owned Turkish eatery when Ankara opens its doors on Wednesday, May 20 (a soft-opening with limited hours will begin May 14). Jorge Chicas, formerly a head chef at Zaytinya, designed the menus, which will be offered for lunch, dinner, and a […]

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5 Biggest Conspiracies of Istanbul Spice Market

I do that more often that I wish I had to. I sort of hate to ruin excitement of the first time Istanbul visitors they get into at the sight of the sizable boxes with a label ‘Turkish saffron” and equally impossible price tag ‘5 Turkish lira’. […]

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Take a Look Inside DC’s New Gorgeous Turkish Restaurant

Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan turns to his native Turkey for Ottoman Taverna, opening Monday, May 2 in the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood. While nearby sister concepts Alba Osteria and L’Hommage touch down in Italy and France, respectively, this is Ilhan’s first ode to his homeland. Istanbul native Ilhan Erkek […]

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