Geoffrey Ballinger, Author at Culinary Backstreets
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Geoffrey Ballinger

Recent stories by Geoffrey Ballinger

February 26, 2020

Şırdancı Eşo: Internal Affairs

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- From the leaf-thin fried liver of Edirne to mumbar, the spicy rice-stuffed intestines of eastern Turkey, Turkish cuisine is rich with organ meat delicacies. Sakatat, as offal is called in Turkish, is approached with a fair bit of reverence (and sometimes caution). Read more
Discover hidden Beyoğlu on our walk...
January 9, 2020

Galaktion: The Georgian Poet’s Table

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- As winter descends over Istanbul, cloaking the city in gray rain clouds that make for beautiful sunsets but unpleasant commutes, we flee the many open-air eating options in the city for cozier digs, replacing outdoor meyhane feasts and rakı toasts with homey bowls of lentil soup and steaming cups of tea. Read more
December 27, 2019

Best Bites 2019: Istanbul

Istanbul |
By Paul Benjamin Osterlund, Geoffrey Ballinger and Lorenza Mussini
Istanbul -- This year we came across scores of new places and watched as bars and restaurants continue to sprout up throughout the city in defiance of Turkey’s severe economic downtown (as the saying goes, bars always do well in times of crisis). Read more
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