Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Bosphorus Spot to Warm the Culinary Heart

Posted on 4 February 2019

Friday night frolicking began with a walk down memory lane. (Literally way down a huge decline and through a dark laneway.) A pre-dinner night time stroll through Ulus Park, where you can breathe in perhaps the best view in Istanbul at night (too amazing to capture on film), reminiscing and working up an appetite were… Read more »

‘The Hood’ a welcome addition to Istanbul’s foodie scene

Posted on 23 January 2019

Hovering like a big blue monstrosity over the Kadıköy skyline sits the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Not the most glamorous sky scraper but none the less, a part of the skyline with an uninterrupted view of the Bosphorus, literally the best view on the Asian side of Istanbul. All set to release their new restaurant… Read more »

Turkish Wines Sommeliers’ Selection

Posted on 28 February 2017

Question: Where would you find 179 different wines, 40 Turkish wine producers, 2 Master Sommeliers, 1 Timeout award winning Dutch chef, 4 tasting rooms, a wine tasting Master class, Turkish cheese galore, Derun sourdough, many ‘would be, could be’ wine experts, 1 Dutch journalist and Foodie Frolics? Answer: At the Sommeliers’ Selection Turkey this past… Read more »

Christmas lunch in Istanbul

Posted on 26 December 2015

A Christmas lunch to remember Some folks head out of Istanbul and Turkey for Christmas to celebrate with their loved ones and partake in traditional Christmas celebrations whereas some of us choose to stay here and create our own new traditions. One such tradition to take the stress out of Christmas is to let someone… Read more »

Hip and humor in Mama Shelter hotel

Posted on 13 December 2015

Review and photos by Slawomira Kozieniec Coming to Istanbul means coming to a city of almost 15 million people; those who live here permanently and those who visit this historical metropolis as tourists. Who would imagine, you could find a place almost like your mother’s house in such a metropolis? Cozy, relaxed, informal, warm hearted… Read more »