Category Archives: Appetizers/Mezes


I love sea and what it has to offer for my dinner. There is a saying in Turkey for people like me but will be lost in translation: “she/he would eat anything from the sea even if it was  her/his dad”. This plant is one of those things. Not exactly out of the sea bottom… Read On

When in Spain…Eat!

Time in Spain was an immersion course in tapas language also. Tapas (or pinchox) culture is definitely not what I am used to. The usual night out to drink for me normally goes something like this: Find a good place that serves tasty mezes (Turkish version of tapas, I guess), sit around a table dotted… Read On

Four feet kitchen

  When your kitchen looks like the one above, you don’t have much choice but to go simple. Especially when your fridge is smaller than your washing machine and the counter space is non-existent! I am not complaining at all: this means simpler, lighter meals at home and more meals enjoyed in the restaurants, tapas… Read On

Green Chard Fritter

I used to think zucchini fritters was the only recipe that we fry the little pancake versions of shredded vegetable and enjoy with a dollop of garlicky yogurt sauce on top. Then I saw this recipe in Tugrul Savkay’s book on regional Turkish dishes and decided to try it. Actually  the rice in the recipe… Read On

Lion’s Milk is the Turk’s blood…

Rakı, or lion’s milk as we would like to call it, is considered national drink of Turks. Or at least, by the people who drink it and believe in its place in our culture. It is made with the distillation of grapes and flavored by aniseed. Has a strong liquorish taste and that taste can… Read On

Bulgur patties in tomato garlic sauce

You know someone from Adana is here in Charlotte when this dish shows up at our get-togethers. She is the mom of one of my friends and comes here every year to visit them. When she is here, of course, we have the pleasure to taste variety of regional dishes from Adana. She makes these… Read On