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Ansel Mullins

Ansel Mullins

Ansel is a native Chicagoan, living in Istanbul since 2001. He is a co-founder of CB and of its predecessor, the blog Istanbul Eats. To support his writing habit, he has restored old homes, tended bar, sold mobile phones and taught physical education in a kindergarten. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Saveur Magazine, Monocle, The Guardian and other publications. As CB’s Istanbul bureau chief, he has appeared on Dangerous Grounds with Todd Carmichael, CBS Sunday Morning, and Rick Bayless' podcast, The Feed He assisted in the production of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He appeared in a commercial for Yeni Raki, the national "spirit" of Turkey. He now spends most of his time working with the CB team to develop culinary activities.

Recent stories by Ansel Mullins

March 19, 2017

Scenes From a Naples Tripe Shop

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Naples -- It was a great disappointment for Francesco, owner of this tripe shop in Naples, to learn that the website, Tripadvisor, was not just about entrails. Wouldn’t it be great if it were?
March 15, 2017

Lunch Hour on the Lisbon Docks

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Lisbon -- The lunch hour winds down (or starts up), among the stevedores on the Lisbon docks. This is a sight one is likely to encounter on our Song of the Sea walk.
February 10, 2017

Lakerda: Istanbul's Salty, Fishy Soul

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Istanbul -- The fatty torik – the Turkish name for a large, mature Atlantic bonito, similar to the little tunny – courses the straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles for just a short period each year in November and December. Read more