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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

February 14, 2017

Lipa: Meze On the Edge of Town

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Istanbul -- Convincing someone to accompany you to Istanbul’s Pendik district is no small feat. The Asian-side suburb is located in the far eastern reaches of the city, a trip of at least an hour and a half from the city center requiring no less than three metros and a cab. Read more
February 2, 2017

A Slice of Georgian in a Pocket of Istanbul

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Istanbul -- We frequently venture to Istanbul's Aksaray district, where a small cluster of Georgian restaurants lie in close proximity to a bus station bringing people to and from the Caucasus. Giorgi serves up decadent, buttery khacaphuri and other Georgian classics, temporarily transporting one to Tbilisi.
February 1, 2017

Toros: Tantuni (the Kreuzberg Remix)

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Berlin -- (Editor's Note: In honor of the immigrants and refugees who have made their new home a better place for us all, this week we are running some of our favorite archived stories about those who have left a culinary mark on their adopted land.) In Berlin, there is no shortage of meatless options, and vegetarians can even rejoice in a seitan-based döner kebab that is given the proper spit roast. What did surprise us is that the ubiquity of vegetarian diets in the city has greatly impacted one version of a meat-centric Turkish street food classic. Read more