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

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 7 November 2019

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Modern coffee bars like Starbucks and Turkish counterparts like Kahve Dünyası and Mado, where a range of Western coffees are sold, are found in Istanbul’s tourist and upscale westernized districts. In most restaurants bars in the old city they have all kinds of western style coffees too. Elsewhere in the city, the… Read more »

Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Posted on 25 February 2019

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how… Read more »

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

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