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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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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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Where to Eat Turkish Food in NYC

We’re sitting in the dining room of my favorite Turkish restaurant and the off-menu mixed appetizer platter lands on the table with a thud. If you wanted to be charitable, you’d call it a pile. Nameless purées and vegetable stews edge up against each other, propping up […]

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Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers (Zeytinyağlı Biber Dolma)

Like most traditional Turkish olive oil dishes, stuffed bell peppers are cooked only with olive oil; olive oil dishes taste remarkably better when they’re served cold next day; and are usually summer dishes. There are two ways to cook stuffed peppers with olive oil: on the stove […]

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Turkish Green Beans (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)

Like most traditional Turkish olive oil dishes, green beans are cooked only with olive oil. Olive oil dishes taste remarkably better when they’re served cold next day; and are usually summer dishes.   Ingredients: 1 pound of fresh green beans (or 1 pack of frozen green beans […]

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Quince Dessert (Ayva Tatlısı)

It’s quince season, and I love that you can find them everywhere in Northern California. Quince is simply unknown to many Americans but for those of us from Europe/MidEast it’s an indispensable part of Fall. Quince is an apple-pear like fruit with no sex appeal on paper; […]

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Green Olive Rolls (Yeşil Zeytinli Rulo)

In Turkey patisseries are real life savers with their wide range of offerings that include baklava, böreks, cakes, cookies, meringues, milk puddings, poğaças, syrupy desserts, Turkish delights, etc. When you’re late for work or school and do not have enough time for breakfast; when you’re in need […]

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Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini Flowers (Zeytinyağlı Kabak Çiçeği Dolması)

The novel, Karıncanın Su İçtiği (Ant Drinking Water), the second volume of a series titled Bir Ada Hikayesi (An Island Story), one of my favorite Turkish writers,Yaşar Kemal, writes about stuffed zucchini flowers in a way that resembles his famous descriptions of cotton fields, horses, snakes, the Taurus […]

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