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New Turkish restaurant in San Mateo: Aspendos

Yes, he did. The store is closed but the web site is still open :)

http://www.europeanturkishmarket.com/

White mulberries anywhere?

Give me your address, I am moving next to you :)

Regards,

Ahmet Toprak

New Turkish restaurant in San Mateo: Aspendos

[Re-posting to comply with an issue that the Chowhound moderator kindly pointed out]

I got a phone call from Remzi a few days ago who proudly announced that he opened a restaurant. He used to be the owner of a grocery market that I heard was closed.

I stopped by yesterday on the way back from the SF airport to see the operations.

He has an impressive place. He brought two chefs from New York. The menu looks good. He even has "simit", the sesame rings.

He does not seem to have a web page yet, but I saw some references on internet already to his restaurant named after the 2000-year-old Roman theater in southern Turkey: Aspendos Theater. (It is the best preserved Roman theater in the world.)

Thanks Wally for posting the address, you reminded me of other details:

As Wally posted, the address is:

514 Peninsula Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
Telephone: (650) 344-3595.

Parking: Limited parking in front, plenty of parking around the corner at Safeway parking lot on Delaware Ave.

Ahmet Toprak
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Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio
Host, Orient Express
http://www.kkup.org/toprak.html

White mulberries anywhere?

Which day is the market?

Ahmet Toprak

White mulberries anywhere?

They have always been available in dried form. I cannot find the fresh ones....

Thanks,

Ahmet Toprak

White mulberries anywhere?

Hello All:

I have not had white mulberries in years. I looked for years in vain for a source for many decades. The only time I have them is when I go to Turkey in late spring or early summer.

Things may have changed and they may be available in California. After all the climate is ideal here for them.

Any one is aware of any market carrying them?

Ahmet Toprak
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Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio
Host, Orient Express
http://www.kkup.org/toprak.html

New Turkish restaurant in Santa Clara

Good food from Turkey and nearby countries, generous portions.

"Five Star Falafel & Kebab" is the name and the address is

3099 El Camino Real
SANTA CLARA , CA 95051

I tasted so far their falafel, baklava and kadayif. All tasted great. I took a tray of baklava and kadayif to KKUP, everybody loved it.

A few friends who visited had various kebabs and they were also all pleased.

Here is there menu: http://www.fivestarfalafel.com/menu.html

Ahmet Toprak
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Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio
Host, Orient Express
http://www.kkup.org/toprak.html

one Place Beyond Istanbul?

Istanbul would take you weeks to absorb. If you do insist going somewhere else try going to Cappadocia. I was there a few years ago.

http://www.goreme.com/flight-tickets.php

Ahmet Toprak
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Director, Turkish Radio, San Francisco
http://www.TurkRadio.us http://come.to/sunholiday
Host, Orient Express
http://www.KKUP.org/toprak.html

Listen to us through our archives: http://turkradio.podomatic.com

May 31, 2009
topraka in Europe

New Turkish Restaurant in Berkeley

I heard through the Turkish community grapevine that there is a new Turkish restaurant with pretty good "doner kebap" on Bancroft Way.

I called up the owner to see what else he has. Here is a brief report:

- Various kebabs including doner, both chicken and lamb & beef versions
- Iskender kebap
- Appetizers: cacik (pronounced "jajek"), eggplant salad, piyaz (bean and egg salad), lentil soup
- Borek
- Desserts: baklava, kunefe, sutlac (rice pudding)

- He also has other non-Turkish dishes including Thai stir-fry food.

Name: New Jean's

2562 BANCROFT WAY
BERKELEY, CA 94704

Tel: (510) 486-8322

Paid parking available one block down from the restaurant.

If you go, let us hear what you thought about the food.

Ahmet Toprak
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Director, Turkish Radio, San Francisco
http://www.TurkRadio.us http://come.to/sunholiday
Host, Orient Express
http://www.KKUP.org/toprak.html

Listen to us through our archives: http://turkradio.podomatic.com

Turkish Kitchen, Berkeley

Yes, there is a difference between pide and lahmacun.

Lahmacun has a very thin dough underneath, and has only one type of topping.

However, pides have a much thicker dough underneath and all sorts of different toppings. Also pides are usually made into boat shape.

Ahmet Toprak
Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio

Turkish Kitchen, Berkeley

Avgolemono would be "Terbiyeli Shehriye Chorbasi".

If my memory serves me right the tripe soup has a similar look and taste, but may not have the same ingredients.

Ahmet Toprak
Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio

Best Turkish in Bay Area (doner kebab, hookah?)

I was at a Turkish event yesterday. The food was catered by "Adana Kebab, Anatolian Cusine". It was excellent.

I met the owner, who says he has a restaurant at 637 Larkin Street. I am looking forward to getting there once my car is fixed (cracked engine head--ouch!).

The owner gave me his card, which mentions a website: http://www.adanakebabsf.com/

The owner is from Kayseri (see after my signature line for more) in Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The region has an interesting food culture, which is a story in itself.

Tell him that you heard about him from the director of Turkish Radio.

Ahmet Toprak

Director, San Francisco Turkish Radio
Host, Orient Express
http://www.TurkRadio.us
http://www.KKUP.org/toprak.html

P.S.: For Kayseri see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayseri . This article says Elia Kazan was also from Kayseri. The ancient name for Kayseri was Caesarea, "Ceasar's city".