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Geoffrey Ballinger

Recent stories by Geoffrey Ballinger

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
October 25, 2019

Koali Lounge & Dine: The Indonesian Connection

Istanbul |
By Geoffrey Ballinger
Istanbul -- The first thing we noticed when we ducked into Koali on a late summer afternoon was the sudden change in ambiance, a veritable culture shock from the sloping, hookah bar-lined street we had just walked down. Keroncong and pop sunda classics, the kind of music you might expect to hear in a beach hut in Bali, drifted softly from the speakers. Read more