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Debating Manti in Istanbul

The special manti at Ficcin off Istiklal always has been one of my favorites! It's slightly different from the gunluk manti that I like it. :-)

Sep 17, 2013
myturkishjoys in Europe

Must eats in Budapest, Vienna, Prague

Hello, I just moved to Poland last month and we visited Krakow earlier in May and Budapest in February 2013. Here's a few places we went.

**Kraków:
Spazio - a hipster cocktail bar. Predinner. Good mojitos.

Breakfast & beer on the Old Town square at Café Restaurant Europejska, Rynek Główny 35

Excellent spot for pieorgies and beer on the Old Town square at Hawełka, Main Market Square 34
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Baguette or omlette breakfast and lattes at Tribeca, Plac Szczepański

Good, inexpensive place for late dinner, Polish pork kebabs and homemade soups esp. the soup in the bread bowl at Pod Słońcem, Rynek Główny 43 (Also along the square).

**Budapest (We are going again this weekend):
• Dinner at wine bar Bor La Bor, 1 block over from Vaci U. (Street) Huge portions!
• Slightly fancy late lunch - Café Bouchon near Opera metro stop. (Zichy Jenő Street 33). We did the insider tour at the Opera House afterwards. Recommended.
• Dobos Torte and latte snack at the beautiful Alexandra Bookstore on Andrassy Ut. Near Oktogon metro stop.
• Pre-dinner cockatails 2 nights in a row at Boutiq Bar, Paulay Ede u. 5.
• Dinner? At Bock Bisztró, Erzsébet körút 43-49….nope it was busy. Where did we eat?
• Breakfast and foodie shopping at the Great Market Hall - Must try lángos which is a deep fried flat bread topped with sour cream and cheese.
• Another cake and coffee snack at Ruszwurm near the castle. One of the city's oldest pastry shops. Quaint and always busy.
• Dinner reservations at Menza étterem és kávézó, Liszt Ferenc tér 2. (Paulay Ede u.) Amazing modern Hungarian dinner. Felt like we were back in NYC.

Enjoy!

May 22, 2013
myturkishjoys in Europe

Istanbul - Ciya Sofrasi - a couple of quick questions

Ciya is always one of my favorite spots in Kadikoy! Just went there again about 2 weeks ago and had a Turkish kebab dish cooked with quince! Delicious! I'd say 100 tl max for 2 people if you do the salad bar and select mezes, soup, main course and dessert. I've only paid cash, but I'm fairly sure they take credit cards.

Feb 14, 2013
myturkishjoys in Europe

Poland (restaurants in Warsaw and Krakow)

Hi there! I'm wondering how your Poland trip was. My husband and I will be traveling to Warsaw and maybe Krakow in early 2013 and I'd love to hear any other advice.

What other restaurants or foodie markets/places did you find in Warsaw?
Thanks!

Dec 26, 2012
myturkishjoys in Europe

CBS Sunday Morning, "Food Show"

As someone who lives in Istanbul, I can highly recommend the crew over at Istanbul Eats for their food tours in Istanbul! Lots of good fun!

Dec 26, 2012
myturkishjoys in Food Media & News

Spice Mix from Turkey

Can you tell what any of the spice ingredients are? Try emailing my spice friends at Ucuzcular in Istanbul. http://www.ucuzcular.com.tr/index_eng... Good luck!

Dec 26, 2012
myturkishjoys in Home Cooking

Review: Cafe Schober, Zeughauskeller, Haus Hiltl | Zurich

Thanks for your tips! We are going to Zurich this weekend and I've also had a difficult time finding decent reports on where to eat. Cheers!

Oct 30, 2012
myturkishjoys in Europe

Best Food Films - any new additions?

One that I really like since it's about Turkey is called "Mustafa's Sweet Dreams." It's about a teenager in SE Turkey who wants to learn how to make the best baklava. It's an endearing movie and one that I especially enjoyed since I live over here now. It has English subtitles.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/w...

Oct 15, 2012
myturkishjoys in Food Media & News

Charleston Trip Report

Dear Eko,

We are heading to Charleston tomorrow. Nice to hear from a Turkish expat in America. I'm sooo ready to eat my heart's content of pork, greens and fried foods. Thanks for the recommendations. :-)

Joy

Oct 15, 2012
myturkishjoys in Southeast

Charleston Trip Report

Excellent recommendations that will help us plan our October trip to Charleston! Thanks!

Sep 01, 2012
myturkishjoys in Southeast

Istanbul- specific requests

Of course, Istanbul Eats is a great reference - your book is like a small bible for us. =)

1. I agree too. Dondurma guys are everywhere.

2. My favorite candy shop is over on the Asian side in Kadikoy called Sekerci Cafe Erol located at Yasa Cad. No:19, Kadıköy / İstanbul. They've been in business for 200 years. I love walking into this shop and seeing all the candy displayed in old-fashioned glass jars, esp. the colorful hard candies. Worth the trek and you can have lunch at Ciya while you are over there too. =)

3. I agree. The Rumeli restaurant on the water is lovely. Took my in-laws there this summer too for a Sunday lunch. They loved it as we had a table right next to the water/fence.

4. Dining on the Bosphorus - We took guests to the island of Suada this summer and dined at G G Balik Suada. Phone Number: (0212) 263 65 56. This wasn't cheap either, but we had a great view and our guests liked it esp. taking their photos by the "East/West" signs in the middle of Suada.

Enjoy!

Sep 21, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Any dining advice for Samos and Patmos, Greece?

Thanks Roxlet!

I appreciate the info. Patmos does seem like a smaller and a bit less visited Greek island. I'm going with a friend whom is interested in the religious aspects while I'm interested in taking photos and the food. I'm happy with simple food and looks like I will just relax and just enjoy what we find. =)

Sep 21, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Any dining advice for Samos and Patmos, Greece?

Heading to these islands next week via Turkey. There seems to be little information regarding restaurants/cafes etc. here except for the few things I found online already.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Sep 21, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Visiting Turkey

Yes, Istanbul Eats is a great resource! I highly recommend it. My copy is has marked pages throughout it!

In Taksim, check out Zübeyir Ocakbaşı. Reasonably priced and good. It always seems to be packed, so walk in and make a reservation early or try waiting for a table.
http://myturkishjoys.blogspot.com/2011/03/good-eats-meat-is-on.html

Ciya in Kadikoy is always good. I've been there twice lately and the food is delicious. The chef is from Gaziantep so the food is different from what you will have elsewhere in the city. I've been meaning to post my photos from those visits. Def. try the "sorbets" at the end. Usually there are 2 daily flavors and they are more like fresh fruit/herb juices to refresh your palate at the end of your meal.

If you have time for a food/market tour, I highly recommend taking Selin's Turkish Flavours tour. It's an all-day stopping/eating event around the Spice Market and the small markets in Kadikoy on the Asian side and includes a special 16-course tasting menu at Ciya as part of it. So the price is really worth it! I went on this in June and can't remember how much I paid - maybe 100 EU? http://www.turkishflavours.com/index.php

David, I'll reply a bit more to you to the email you provided me. I'm certain you will enjoy Turkey. I've fallen in love with it in the year that we've lived here. Cheers!

Aug 10, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Best restaurant in Croatia

Wow! This restaurant sounds wonderful! My husband and I have been looking at visiting Croatia since we are living....at least close enough over in Istanbul. I hope we can make it over there. Thanks for the tip and nice write up!

Aug 09, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Visiting Turkey

Merhaba!
I currently live in Istanbul as an American expat - just celebrated 1 year here. Are you going to Cappadocia? Pamukkale? Antalya? Fetiye? If you give me more details on where you will be outside of Istanbul, I'm happy to help!

New favorite modern restaurant in Istanbul is X Restaurant and Bar. Located near the Sishane metro exit. It has a wonderful rooftop terrace with a view of Sultanahmet and the Golden Horn. Go around sunset! Make a reservation in advance. Some of the staff does speak English. We had an outstanding grilled octopus, tomato and feta appetizer as well as a fried calf's liver appetizer. International food. About 400 TL for 4 people, including 1 bottle of wine.

You can also check out my blog for traveling in Turkey ideas:
http://myturkishjoys.blogspot.com/

Aug 09, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe

Finalising restaurants in Bologna

Also check out the latest edition of Bon Appetit magazine featuring the Emilia-Romagna Travel Guide.

May 12, 2011
myturkishjoys in Italy

London - Chowdown at St John

Looks great! I am in town today and have a reservation on Friday. Thanks for the great report and photos! I can't wait to try myself!

Mar 23, 2011
myturkishjoys in U.K./Ireland

Good pubs near Bank-Monument station for tomorrow nite? [London]

Greetings! I'm traveling to London for the first time today. My husband is working in the local office there tomorrow so we are meeting his London colleagues after work tomorrow near the Bank-Monument stations for drinks and food. Because I am a huge foodie, I had selected several pubs nearby: The Princess of Shoreditch, Hawksmoor and Boundary based on their food menus and reviews I found here.

However, the local guys have replied back they don't want to go to any of those places b/c they aren't within walking distance. I guess 1 mile is too far for them to walk! I'm a bit angry, and now am reaching out to the board for any suggestions in Bank-Monument vicinity. I'd heard there's not a lot of good options in "The City" section. I don't want to end up in some random place eating crap food during my first trip to London.

I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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Hawksmoor
157 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, GB

Mar 23, 2011
myturkishjoys in U.K./Ireland

British Cheese

I've brought cheese back from abroad...just wrapped it up well amongst my clothing in my checked bag and didn't have any problems. I just didn't say anything about it. Also had some NY sharp cheddar in my carryon bag in December with no issues, but that wasn't an international flight.

Mar 18, 2011
myturkishjoys in U.K./Ireland

The new Veritas

Hi, I just had to add a comment regarding Veritas. It's definitely not a cheap place, and I wish I knew more about wine to be able to enjoy splurging on a bottle from its extensive collection.

However, my husband and I did have a wonderful experience there around Christmas time. IMO, the desserts, alone, and the maple-brined wooly pig are two reasons to go check out the new Veritas.

See food photos and my write up here:
<a href="url">http://myturkishjoys.blogspot.com/201...>

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Veritas
43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

Mar 18, 2011
myturkishjoys in Manhattan

Eating in Bologna Italy part one

Hi Pam! Just found your great eating report and printed it out! My husband and I just booked a 3-day trip to Bologna in mid-May. Can't wait! I am hoping to do one of the food tours as well.

Do you have any other suggestions on what to do in the city? Or hotel recommendation?

Thanks again for writing such a long report!

Mar 07, 2011
myturkishjoys in Italy

Chowhound meeting in Istanbul? Plus restaurant recs

Hi! I'd love to join a get together if one is made here in Istanbul. I'm a fairly new American expat living Istanbul and I write a food blog from here. Unfortunately, I'll be out of town March 23-27, but you are around later would love to get together with a group.

Also, I second the Istanbul Eats website and book. It's full of great and usually small restaurants.

Cheers!

Mar 07, 2011
myturkishjoys in Middle East & Africa

Pescatarian in Istanbul

Very easy to avoid meat! There is so much wonderful seafood because of the city's location on the water.

We recently went to a really good seafood and mezze restaurant in Taksim called "rakici asmalimescit "...See my full review at http://myturkishjoys.blogspot.com/201... You can make a great meal off the selection of mezzes alone!

A cheap afternoon snack is to grab a "balik ekmek" sandwich under the Galata Bridge at one of the many vendors. Also, there are tons of seafood restaurants located there.

Enjoy!

Mar 07, 2011
myturkishjoys in Middle East & Africa

Istanbul

On Friday nights, head to the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet for a wine and cheese tasting. It's basically all you can eat and drink for 30 lira. It's a lot of fun. You can make a reservation, but you don't usually need one.

Also, I'd highly recommend getting out of the Sultanahment area at least some of the time b/c it's so touristy and just one part of the city. Def. check out the night life and great restaurants in Tasksim or Beyoğlu.

You can get some great mezzes at rakici asmalimescit in Taksim...See my full review at http://myturkishjoys.blogspot.com/201.... Although the restaurant focuses on seafood, you can make a great meal off the selection of mezzes.

Enjoy!

Mar 07, 2011
myturkishjoys in Europe