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

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

Posted on 23 March 2018

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 »

Orient Express nostalgia in Pera Palas

Posted on 11 August 2015

The legendary Pera Palas Hotel is getting more attention again. Not only because the old grandeur is back after undergoing a major renovation and restoration project (2006-2010). Also because of a great book that has just been published Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, by Charles King. I loved reading it. It is… Read more »

Dishes from Ottoman palaces

Posted on 23 February 2015

By Eda Togan Asitane is  a restaurant I have always heard about but never had chance to visit until last week!  There are many restaurants that claim to serve ottoman cuisine in Istanbul. However I think Asitane is unique, because they serve food from the Ottoman palaces. Our group of foodie friends had a specially… Read more »