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

Turkish wines and organic cheese!

Posted on 20 April 2011

After having attended many wine tasting in the past I decided it was time to hold my own Dégustation de vin chez moi. It is difficult to choose wine to taste when you are unfamiliar with the local wine, so a touch of the familiar and a touch of the unfamiliar were necessary for this… Read more »

Hand-carved tiles of Harem severely damaged

Posted on 21 March 2011

National and international film directors are increasingly starting to use the palace and the harem as a film set, further causing damage to the centuries-old buildings. Hit TV shows like “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (The Magnificent Century) have reawakened interest in Turkey’s Ottoman past, yet this popularity has failed to prevent the empire’s most famous landmark from… Read more »

Delicious ‘Shovel Pig’ in Bistro Zenka

Posted on 15 March 2011

Newly acquired and newly renovated bistro Zenka offers an exciting eating experience in Cihangir’s ever-changing restaurant scene. I missed the cozy atmosphere of the old Zenka at first, but then began to enjoy the new one once I sat down. However, as with just about every Turkish oriented run eatery in the city there is… Read more »