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Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul, CBs social media editor and one of our Istanbul correspondents, is a freelance journalist and writer who has called Istanbul home for over 5 years. He completed an MA in Turkish Studies at Sabancı University, and has written for Al Jazeera, The National, Roads and Kingdoms, Deutsche Welle, Jacobin Magazine and others. He loves exploring the far-flung reaches of Istanbul and plays guitar in the band Foton Kuşağı.

Recent stories by Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Visit old school spots like this on our Meyhane tour.
January 2, 2017

Asır: Meze Master

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Istanbul -- Editor's Note: The recent string of terror attacks in Istanbul has left us heartbroken over the violent cruelty being inflicted on the city we love. It has also made us more determined to tell the stories of places like the one in this review, veteran establishments that have seen Istanbul go through both good and bad times and which speak of this city's incredible resilience. Read more
November 22, 2016

Hadramot Yemen: Beyond Falafel

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Istanbul -- Istanbul's conservative Fatih district has perhaps the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the city, and the tree-lined Akşemsettin Street boasts a staggering number of Syrian eateries, from spacious sit-down affairs with full menus to hole-in-the-wall, standing-room-only kiosks slinging shawarma, fried chicken, and falafel. Read more