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Geoffrey Ballinger

Recent stories by Geoffrey Ballinger

July 6, 2021

ÇiÇi Çiğ Börek: Untraditionally Traditional

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- In Turkey, talk of çiğ börek, invariably leads to a mention of Eskişehir. A small Anatolian city famous for its vibrant student life and the historic Ottoman-style houses in the old town of Odunpazarı, Eskişehir is famous for these fried half-moon meat-filled pastries. Read more
December 23, 2020

Essential Bites: Mobile Meze and Versatile Lavaş in Istanbul

Istanbul |
By Paul Benjamin Osterlund and Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- Müşterek’s Mezes on the Move Müşterek has been my favorite meyhane for quite some time, but I’ve been less than vocal about this in public. During its heyday, it could be tough to get a table in the cozy space even on a weekday, so I preferred to keep mum about this beloved spot on Beyoğlu’s Mis Sokak for fear of it becoming overhyped and overcrowded. Read more
October 12, 2020

Fusion Indian Restaurant: Putting Guests on a Pedestal

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- There’s a Vedic-era (c. 1,000 BC) quote that underlies much of contemporary Indian hospitality: “Atithi Devo Bhava.” This roughly translates to “the guest is equivalent to God,” which is exactly the sense we get when we sit down for dinner at one of the curbside tables at Fusion Indian Restaurant, perched on the edge of Kumkapı Meydanı. Read more
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