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Dec 23
Friday

Best Bites of 2011: Decisions, Decisions

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(Editor’s Note: As 2011 heads to an end, we are looking back at our “Best Bites” of the year and are asking our readers to do the same and share their best Istanbul (or Turkey) eating moments with us. This submission comes from blogger and writer Katie Parla, whose excellent culinary adventures in Rome, Istanbul and other cities can be found over at Parla Food.)
Best Bite Istanbul: I dedicated the first half of the year to intense pide research and among the best bites of 2011 was everything at Pideban in Sarıyer. But squeaking ahead by a hair is the külbastı at Kenan Usta near Taksim, which offers a trinity of textures and flavors. Marbled meat medallions are grilled over charcoal and their own fatty juices are absorbed by a thin lavaş, which is subsequently toasted. The juicy meat, crispy lavaş and another flimsy sheet of bread are served layered on a plate. Kena Usta’s uykuluk (sweetbreads), succulent and creamy, are the ideal accompaniment.
Best Bite Turkey: Breakfast at Maya in Bozcaada
Chef Selçuk Aykan serves breakfast by reservation only in the front yard of his home in Bozcaada. The table was filled with wonderful homemade marmelades, breads and goat cheeses, all of which are produced on the property, which doubles as a vineyard. There were other fine products sourced from small producers on the mainland affiliated with Toprak Ana.
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Best Bites of 2011: A Sublime Sandwich, Riverside
1 response - Posted 12.19.11
(Editor's Note: As 2011 heads to an end, we are looking back at our “Best Bites” of the year and are asking our readers to do the same and share their best Istanbul (or Turkey) eating moments with us. This submission comes from Robyn Eckhardt, author of the superlative EatingAsia blog ...continue
Hamsi: Six Favorite Spots to Eat the Little Fish
4 responses - Posted 10.31.11
The arrival of fall in Istanbul for us usually means just one thing: hamsi season is about to begin. 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 ...continue
Büyükada Hi-Lo
no responses - Posted 07.15.11
(Editor's Note: Since the New York Times ran a wonderful article in last Sunday's Travel section about Büyükada, the leafy island near Istanbul, we've decided to rerun a previous post containing some suggestions on where to eat on the isle.) If it’s because of showing visitors around or simply a desire ...continue
Lagmania: Eating with the Uighurs of Zeytinburnu
5 responses - Posted 07.11.11
(Editor’s Note: In almost a decade of intrepid eating in Istanbul, we still miss the immigrant community restaurants we know from the American big cities where language barriers and foreign customs make a lunch into a real adventure. Istanbul has foreign communities and it has foreign restaurants but the two ...continue
Istanbul Köfte Week: #2 – AKO Adapazarı Islama Köfte
no responses - Posted 06.09.11
(Editor’s note: Over here at Istanbul Eats, we like to think of ourselves as köfte savants. While to the untrained eye köfte may look like nothing more than a grilled meatball, we like to discern differences in taste, texture and consistency in the different styles of this ubiquitous Turkish dish. ...continue
Istanbul Köfte Week: #3 – Köfteci Hüseyin
no responses - Posted 06.08.11
(Editor’s note: Over here at Istanbul Eats, we like to think of ourselves as köfte savants. While to the untrained eye köfte may look like nothing more than a grilled meatball, we like to discern differences in taste, texture and consistency in the different styles of this ubiquitous Turkish dish. ...continue
Istanbul Köfte Week: #4 – Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi
1 response - Posted 06.07.11
(Editor’s note: Over here at Istanbul Eats, we like to think of ourselves as köfte savants. While to the untrained eye köfte may look like nothing more than a grilled meatball, we like to discern differences in taste, texture and consistency in the different styles of this ubiquitous Turkish dish. ...continue
Istanbul Köfte Week: #5 – Köfteci Arnavut
5 responses - Posted 06.06.11
(Editor’s note: Over here at Istanbul Eats, we like to think of ourselves as köfte savants. While to the untrained eye köfte may look like nothing more than a grilled meatball, we like to discern differences in taste, texture and consistency in the different styles of this ubiquitous Turkish dish. ...continue
The Grand Bazaar: Come for the Shopping, Stay for the Food
7 responses - Posted 05.16.11
We like to think of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar – open since 1461 – as the world’s oldest shopping mall. If that’s the case, shouldn’t the Grand Bazaar be home to the world’s oldest food court? That may be taking the analogy too far, but for us, the Grand Bazaar can ...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

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