Ansel Mullins, Author at Culinary Backstreets
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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

June 10, 2022

Fox Coffee: King of Cachupa

Lisbon |
Lisbon -- Outside of an airy pink wedge of a building off of Praça do Chile, protected from the bright midday sun by an awning with “Fox Coffee” printed on it, we waited with great anticipation for lunch: cachupa do coraçao, a specialty of the house which involves stuffing a leaf of steamed Lombardo cabbage with stewy cachupa and a poached egg. Read more
April 20, 2022

Tasca Baldracca: Tasca Re-Boot

Lisbon |
Lisbon -- In your granddad’s Lisbon, lunch in a tasca may pass silently, the television, on mute, tuned to the mind-numbing variety show Praça da Alegria. It may take years to achieve a first name basis with the dour man behind the counter. Read more
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