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Beyond Kebab: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Saaf-i Kebap: Grand Bazaar Grillers

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Istanbul -- It's a busy winter weekday in Istanbul, the weather is perfect and the streets around Istanbul University, the Beyazıt Mosque and the iconic Grand Bazaar are buzzing. Read more
Istanbul -- It's a busy fall weekday in Istanbul, the weather is perfect and the streets around Istanbul University, the Beyazit Mosque and the iconic Grand Bazaar are buzzing. In the late afternoon, shopkeepers are scrambling to make their last sales while the best restaurants in the area are getting ready to close. Mediocre establishments are open later into the night, with employees brandishing large menus and coaxing tourists through their doors.

Avoiding the crowd around one of the bazaar's main entrances, we saunter down a side street where things instantly feel more local. We've come to the specific address of a kebab restaurant recommended by friend and intrepid Istanbul walk leader Benoit Hanquet, but there is no such eatery in sight. Read more
February 16, 2024

Recipe: Fıccın’s Circassian Chicken

Istanbul |
By Lian Penso Benbasat
Istanbul Some recipes are so deeply connected with the region from which they originate that they are simply named after that place. Circassian chicken, an appetizer beloved in Turkey and throughout the Caucasus, is such a dish. Read more
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