April, 2012

bag full of arapsaçı, Hatay, Pazarı, photograph by Tuba Şatana

Just the right season for İzmir, Hatay Pazarı

No, we are not going to Hatay, yet it is another colorful pazar in İzmir. Up at the hills of İzmir, Hatay Pazarı was set up on Thursdays. Kekik 2 kinds -oregano and thyme-,  karabaş -lavandula stoechas- on the right corner, for making tea… the locals say that it is good for…

büryan, Şeref Büryan, photograph by Tuba Şatana

Büryan at Siirt Şeref Büryan Salonu, İstanbul

One morning, I rushed in the restaurant asking for ribs as if I was starving, Şeref Usta told me to come back at 11.30am, hence it is still cooking… But the büryan was ready, hanging  on the hooks, still warm, the fats dripping, calling my name. But I wanted to…

My kind of hero – Yumcha Heroes, Berlin

I love love love dim sum. But who doesn’t? The morning we landed and left our luggage to our hotel, we rushed to our first reservation in Berlin. Yumcha Heroes was located like every where I love, in Mitte. A small trendy chic lovely place is serving dim sum and…

Food Photo – In front of the house…

I do not about know your house, but sure mine does not have two lovely ladies sitting infront making swiss chard dolma… They giggled when I took their picture, invited me over for dinner. In Anadolu, it is very common to gather around for preparing food, gossiping about the latest…

Ethem Tezçakar, 4, copyright Tuba Şatana

Ethem Tezçakar Usta, looking over us…

Everywhere you can have Turkish coffee. But should you? NO! There are certain things about a decent cup of Turkish coffee. The quality of the coffee, freshness, water, pot, heat source and the person preparing it. But there is another big issue, the place you drink it at. The atmosphere,…