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Hamsi: The Little Fish that Could

The chill of fall is in the air in Istanbul, which also means that good stuff is happening in the waters near the city. More specifically, it means that hamsi season is about to kick off in the chilly Black Sea. Hamsi, of course, are the minuscule fish (Black Sea anchovies) that Istanbulites are mad for, and the coming of fall and the further cooling of the Black Sea’s waters mark the beginning of the best time of the year to eat the little suckers.

In honor of the impending arrival of hamsi season, here’s a link [2] to a New York Times article from last year (written by Istanbul Eats’ Yigal Schleifer) about a few good places in town to try the fish in various guises.

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