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how to eat lahmacun

Where to eat the best lahmacun in Istanbul!

I crave for lahmacun, all the time, every time! The abusive smell of the mincemeat mixture, the crispiness of the dough and the first bite! I love lahmacun! Who doesn’t?! But I don’t settle for any. Here are my four lahmacun restaurant in Istanbul! Halil Lahmacun at Kadıköy Balık Pazarı. Tiny shop with…

Sarma kokoreç with orzo…

One great surprise today was the kuzu sarma I came across at Çiya… It was the first of the season, cooked with orzo, it was a true delicacy!  And have to admit it was one of the best things I had at Çiya for a long time. Ordered one portion and did…

to the pazar we go

The colorful Göztepe Pazarı

Pazar changes its color like seasons. Fruits, flowers, vegetables even the stalls selling homemade produce change… spring is one of the liveliest times and as the summer approaches, I was not surprised to see the heap of clothing switched to heap of sun bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts… Some may be taken by…

Turşu! Pickles…

In Turkey we love eating pickled vegetables especially during winter time. With grilled fish, bulgur pilaf, soup, bean or chickpeas stew, as well as any other hearty meal, giving them a little zest. Most of the households love making their own pickles, everyone have their not-to-share recipes, at the end…

sarımsak kebabı, Çiya,

Just Now – Seasonal Kebabs

As if we needed any motive to eat, me and Katie celebrated the sesonal kebabs today. The sarımsak -the fresh bulb of garlic-  and yeni dünya -loquat or medlar- kebabı at Çiya…

Dondurmacı Yaşar Usta – Istanbul

You bite into the half lemon, catch that thought, then add sip of lemonade, there, you have the perfect tangy slurp of  the lemon ice cream of Yaşar Usta. It is not a shy from lemon ice cream, it is old school. Like all his  other fruit ice creams. When…

Sorry, but no: Kanaat Lokantası – Istanbul

I held myself so long for this entry. It makes me sad as I  write because, Kanaat Lokantası is one of the oldest esnaf lokantası, tradesman restaurants in Istanbul. But the other day, again and again the same thing happened.  Within the last years the quality of the ingredients, the…

Halil Lahmacun – Istanbul

Two facts about lahmacun. Must be thin. Must be crispy. And must be delicious. Some with garlic, some with onion. Always good quality flour, meat and a know-how. Tiny restaurant, Halil Lahmacun has been serving to Istanbul locals since 1980. Their success is the sustainability. The lahmacun is crisp, little…