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Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Paul, one of our Istanbul correspondents, is a freelance journalist and writer who has called Istanbul home for over 5 years. He completed an MA in Turkish Studies at Sabancı University, and has written for Al Jazeera, The National, The Atlantic's City Lab, Middle East Eye, Roads and Kingdoms, Deutsche Welle, and others. He loves exploring the far-flung reaches of Istanbul and plays guitar in the band Foton Kuşağı.

Recent stories by Paul Benjamin Osterlund

Explore Kadıköy on our Two Markets, Two Continents walk!
September 26, 2019

Kimyon: Round-the-Clock Kebab

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Istanbul -- Kadıköy’s Kimyon is a friend of the after-hours and the booze-fueled denizens who are done at the bar but have yet to call it a night. It is the buffer zone between too many drinks and a brutal hangover, and doesn’t judge those who are still up at 6:30 a.m., because it’s still open and orders of grilled chicken skewers are freshly sizzling above the charcoal. Read more
Interested in exploring this neighborhood? Join our Shop, Cook, Feast activity to go deep in Kurtulus.
June 22, 2019

Ben-u Sen: Daily Blessings

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Istanbul -- Istanbul's Kurtuluş neighborhood is home to a number of slow-burners, establishments that may be hidden in plain view due to their plainness but that end up becoming some of our favorites. Gimmicks don’t fly in down-to-earth Kurtuluş, where neighborly ties are strong and home-cooked meals are preferred. Read more