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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

September 24, 2020

Farewell, Mutfak Dili: A Beloved Istanbul Restaurant Shuts Its Doors

Istanbul |
Istanbul -- The first time we officially met was at our bacchanalian book launch down a Galata side street in 2010. A natty beyefendi with neatly manicured sideburns hovered around the edges of a group as we signed copies of Istanbul Eats, Exploring the Culinary Backstreets and clinked Efes cans with friends, readers and party crashers. He found an opening and approached. “Do you know who I am?” Read more
April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Diary: A Quarantine Garden in Lisbon

Lisbon |
Lisbon -- Rua Antero de Quental is a short street that runs uphill from Avenida Almirante Reis – within whiffing distance of the famous Cervejaria Ramiro – to the pale yellow palace housing the Italian Embassy. Handsome 19th century buildings in various states of disrepair line both sides of the street. Read more
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