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Get close to the grill and the griller on our Kebab Krawl.
September 14, 2017

Kenan Usta Ocakbaşı: Skewers at an Exhibition

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Istanbul -- If Istanbul had a city museum, in the 20th-century exhibition we’d expect to walk into a life-sized recreation of Kenan Usta Ocakbaşı, a seminal grill joint in the Beyoğlu district. Read more
Istanbul -- If Istanbul had a city museum, in the 20th-century exhibition we’d expect to walk into a life-sized recreation of Kenan Usta Ocakbaşı, a seminal grill joint in the Beyoğlu district.

As visitors descended a few steps into the exhibition, sensors would trigger the harsh light of fluorescent bulbs overhead, illuminating a room covered in photographs of husky men with mustaches posing with a stout man in an apron, grill master Kenan Usta. The somber, groaning warble of the great Arabesque singer Müslüm Gürses would cue up in the visitors’ rented headsets and ducts inside the replica grill would belch out smoke scented authentically by grilled meat. Read more
August 28, 2017

Fry Days: Falafel Comes to Istanbul

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Istanbul -- The assumption that falafel is a Turkish staple is a misunderstanding of global proportions. Perhaps this mix-up is due to its appearance on the menu of what seems like every Turkish restaurant outside of the country. Yet for years falafel has been largely absent from Turkey. Read more
August 21, 2017

In a Pickle

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BACKSTREET FEED -- Our meyhane crawl in Istanbul pays a visit to one of the city's many shops that sells exclusively pickled goods with incredible variety. Do pickled sour green plums sound weird? Maybe, but they are delicious!Feed more