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Cooking Alaturka – Turkish Cooking Classes in Istanbul

The best way to learn authentic style of cooking any cuisine is to learn it in the country where it originates from. This is not always practical, and thus I tend to grab any such opportunity while traveling. On our trip to Turkey, I booked a class for cooking 5 course Turkish dinner at Cooking Alaturka in Istanbul. The school is run by Chef Eveline with the help of Chef Feyzi. Chef Eveline opened the school in 2002, after a long and successful career in food industry, and also runs a small restaurant which serves a fixed four/five course menu…. 

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The House Cafe

Istanbul’s Finest Views 1: The House Café at Ortaköy – Istanbul, Turkey

In my opinion, the best start to a relaxed Sunday is a brunch in an open air seating, preferable with a river or ocean view. One of my favourite brunch places used to be eM by the River when I was in Singapore. I have been missing out on such brunches lately, so during this trip to Turkey, I was determined to have that perfect start to a relaxed Sunday!… 

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Kantin

A refreshing lunch at Kantin – Istanbul, Turkey

After a ‘touristically’ fulfilling, but gastronomically unsatisfying 2 days in Selçuk near Ephesus, we were back on Istanbul streets searching for a place to bring our taste-buds back to life. After looking at a few restaurants near our hotel, we finally found this lovely looking place tucked away on a relatively quiet street in the busy neighbourhood of Nişantaşı…. 

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First meal in Turkey – Kayikci Istanbul

After a delayed flight, missed connection and losing our baggage (courtesy Alitalia); we fell in love at first sight..with the streets of Istanbul. Starting with modern roads from airport and seeing young men playing football and a family having picnic nearby at midnight, to the old town with brick lanes and hilly terrain, everything which we saw was overwhelming…. 

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