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Beyond Kebab: Neighborhood by Neighborhood, Bite by Bite

Coronavirus Diary: Istanbul

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Istanbul -- I didn’t take the coronavirus seriously at first. In fact, its severity didn’t hit me until a few days ago. Read more
Istanbul -- I didn’t take the coronavirus seriously at first. In fact, its severity didn’t hit me until a few days ago.

Earlier this month I was in Berlin, visiting my brother. The city’s tourism fair was abruptly canceled as a result of the virus, but we weren’t worried. We went out at night, eating and drinking and having a good time, as one does in this capital of debauchery.

Upon return to Istanbul, I still wasn’t particularly concerned. There still had not been a case of the virus confirmed in Turkey at that point. I went on a gastronomic trip to Nevşehir and Kırşehir where I feasted on Central Anatolia’s delicious regional specialties and enjoyed numerous bottles of the Cappadocia region’s famous wine. Read more
February 26, 2020

Şırdancı Eşo: Internal Affairs

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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