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

Kumpir: Turkish baked potato

Posted on 24 May 2019

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Kumpir is the Turkish name for a baked potato with various fillings. It is one of my favorite fast foods in Istanbul. They are made with big – I mean really big – potatoes that are wrapped with foil and baked in special ovens. The potatoes are cut straight down the middle… Read more »

Turkish cuisine one of the richest

Posted on 31 December 2014

Turks have a great variety of recipes, food ingredients, increasing cooking skills and a very rich cuisine. But Turkish food is underrated in the world. One of the reasons is that Turkish chefs and culinary historians fail to promote the Turkish food culture abroad. Chef and restaurateur Muhammed Ömür Akkor’s is one of the culinary… Read more »

Turks call a turkey a hindi!

Posted on 30 December 2014

Yip they are displayed in the butchers’ shops again in Istanbul as it is this time of the year that Turks too eat more turkey. Most are part of dinner on New Year’s Eve.   I saw a lot of them today in the butcher shops in our local bazaar. In Turkey they call them… Read more »

Quality fish feast @ Balıkçı Lokantası

Posted on 8 September 2014

In the backstreets of Kadıköy, lies an unassuming fish restaurant called Balıkçı Lokantası. Opposite the Sok Supermarket in Teyyareci Sami Sokak, a street parallel to the Kabataş/Kadıköy Iskele (Ferry Terminal) and with an amazing mural just one hundred metres to the left on the same side as the restaurant, you will find this place. We… Read more »

Contemporary Turkish Cuisine @ Cozy Cezayir

Posted on 14 August 2014

After having been ‘taken for a ride’ the previous evening by a taxi driver, it came as a complete delight to be dropped confidently right at the door of the Cezayir restaurant by the driver. It seemed that he had clearly delivered many a patron to this establishment, indicating to me that the evening was… Read more »