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

Enjoy these vegetarian starters – mezeler

Posted on 22 July 2014

Turkisch cuisine is known for its great variety of starters – mezzeler In this video you will see two examples of how to make vegetarian starters: 1. a garlicky yogurt and eggplant dish 2. a chunky-gazpacho like salad http://www.theperennialplate.com/recipes/2013/10/turkish-mezze/                  

Raising goats for yoghurt and cheese

Posted on 1 July 2014

Watch this Turkish family who lived in Istanbul, returning to their village on the Black Sea coast to raise goats for yoghurt and cheese

Open Kitchen dining @ Grand Hyatt’s 34

Posted on 7 May 2014

The last time I dined at the Grand Hyatt it was to taste the Asian fare of a visiting Vietnamese chef. Wow, what a metamorphosis! The newly refurbished restaurant simply called 34, has been transformed into an open kitchen design format, featuring traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. For an avid foodie such as myself, this… Read more »

Truly natural honey

Posted on 12 January 2014

Eastern Turkey is famous for its pure honey. The nectar comes only from wild mountain flowers and the native “Caucasian” bees are never given any sugar to increase production. But this bee and way of life are under threat from non-native species and over commercialization. Watch to find out what truly natural honey is. http://www.theperennialplate.com/episodes/2013/11/episode-131-kars-honey/#sthash.mAB8iNMK.dpuf

True Ottoman feast @ Asitane restaurant

Posted on 27 October 2011

It was with excited anticipation that I was re-visiting Asitane Restaurant.  Here in Edinerkapı, next door to one of the finest Byzantine churches, the Holy Saviour in Chora, I experienced my first culinary Ottoman history tour. With a table of good friends, I was about to take another ride back into the cuisine of the… Read more »

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