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Archive for April, 2011

Apr 27
Wednesday

Abracadabra’s Vanishing Act?

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In what may turn out to be worrying news for Istanbul food lovers, Arnavutkoy’s Abracadabra has recently closed due to “permit” problems. Although we are told that the restaurant, run by the creative chef Dilara Erbay, will reopen once things are sorted out, it’s not clear when or if that will happen. In the meantime, Dilara is promising new magic at Abracadabra Firin, a simit bakery in Cihangir that she will be taking over and which, along with old-school simits, will also serve up some “smart” additions. Presto!


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Özkonak: The Real Pudding Shop
no responses - Posted 04.25.11
(Editor's Note: This review originally appeared on June 12, 2009.) Regulars at Özkonak, a well-loved fixture in Cihangir’s ever-changing restaurant scene, must cluck in disapproval at the sight of a new generation of customers who walk right past the pudding display at the front and head for the steam table and ...continue
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #1: Hanımeli
no responses - Posted 04.23.11
1028th street in the already far-flung district of Gaziosmanpaşa might sound like a long distance to travel for a plate of beans. There are plenty of perfectly good beans to be eaten in less remote locations. But we’ve tried all of the big-name beans in this city, from Çamlıca to ...continue
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #2: Hüsrev
no responses - Posted 04.22.11
(Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating the white bean, that humble legume that reaches levels of incredible complexity and flavor when in the hands of Turkish cooks. Until we visited some of Istanbul’s shrines to the baked bean, we generally regarded the dish as something eaten out of a can ...continue
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #3: Fasuli
no responses - Posted 04.20.11
(Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating the white bean, that humble legume that reaches levels of incredible complexity and flavor when in the hands of Turkish cooks. Until we visited some of Istanbul’s shrines to the baked bean, we generally regarded the dish as something eaten out of a can ...continue
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #4: Çömlek
no responses - Posted 04.19.11
(Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating the white bean, that humble legume that reaches levels of incredible complexity and flavor when in the hands of Turkish cooks. Until we visited some of Istanbul’s shrines to the baked bean, we generally regarded the dish as something eaten out of a can ...continue
Ye Scurvy Pirates!
6 responses - Posted 04.18.11
Aarrgh! We've just found out that a pirated PDF version of the Turkish-language version of our book is currently sailing around the Internet. While we appreciate the effort to further spread the Istanbul Eats word, we also believe that the 11 lira price tag on the book is eminently fair ...continue
Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #5: Erzincanlı Ali Baba
no responses - Posted 04.18.11
(Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating the white bean, that humble legume that reaches levels of incredible complexity and flavor when in the hands of Turkish cooks. Until we visited some of Istanbul’s shrines to the baked bean, we generally regarded the dish as something eaten out of a can ...continue
Springtime Shopping – It’s in the Bag!
no responses - Posted 04.15.11
With spring approaching, Istanbul's open-air fruit and vegetable bazaars will soon be overflowing with new produce. How to carry that springtime bounty home? The answer, of course, is the Istanbul Eats "Bazaar Bag"! More details and ordering information here. We are shipping the bag worldwide. continue
Haymatlos: Down and Out in the Rumeli Han
4 responses - Posted 04.11.11
When left alone by real estate developers, the late Ottoman-era hans of Beyoğlu are fertile ground for commercial misfits you’d never encounter in more visible locations. Like mushrooms in a dark, damp place, some of the city’s most individualistic enterprises – tattoo parlors, pirated DVD shops, Off-Track Betting parlors, risqué ...continue
Since You Asked: Springtime Specialties?
no responses - Posted 04.08.11
Dear Istanbul Eats, I've heard that springtime finds some of Istanbul's restaurants with unique seasonal items on their menu. I know the weather hasn't quite turned yet, but when spring does come, I don't want to miss out on any of those dishes. Do you have some suggestions on what to ...continue

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