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  • How to Seed a Pomegranate. Courtesy of Centuries of Tradition

    How to Seed a Pomegranate, Courtesy of Centuries of Tradition 07 Nov '13, 6am

    How long have villagers in Hatay province, southeastern Turkey, been transforming pomegranates into the sticky sweet-sour heavenly nectar nar eksili , known in English as pomegranate molasses? I don't know, and they don't either, but it's a fascinating process to witness. That's all I...

  • Butcher Block to Table in Turkey's Southeast

    Butcher Block to Table in Turkey's Southeast 29 Oct '13, 8am

    Whether a kebap made with minced meat is cooked in a pan or on paper, superior flavor and texture are foretold in the prep stage. In Antakya and elsewhere, starting with pre-ground meat is a no-no. No kebab maker worth his salt would use a meat grinder. A single knife -- a mezzaluna-l...

  • Road Tripping in Turkey, or How to Self-Drive and Survive

    Road Tripping in Turkey, or How to Self-Drive and Survive 28 May '13, 9am

    One of my earliest food memories of Turkey, from our first road trip there in January 1998, is of a simple cafe on a lake somewhere between Kusadasi and Bodrum. Dave and I drove by, exchanged a "Should we?" look, then turned around, drove back and ate a delicious fish lunch at a table...

  • In Istanbul, a Market That Brings a Taste of the Black Sea to the Big City

    In Istanbul, a Market That Brings a Taste of the Black Sea to the Big City 14 Dec '12, 12pm

    Just a few hours' drive east of Ankara's airport, Kastamonu registers on the map of few visitors to Turkey -- perhaps because it lacks an airport of its own, or maybe because its Black Sea climate (gray, rainy) puts off potential tourists. That's a shame, because the province is spect...

  • In northern Anatolia, wheat en route to bulgur [New on EatingAsia] #Corum #Turkey #local #foodphoto…

    In Çorum, Wheat En Route to Bulgur 19 Sep '13, 10am

    We stopped in Çorum en route from Ankara to further east, planning to stay just one night. But as we pernambulated Çorum's tiny but wonderful eski ş ehir (old city) -- a grid of grape leaf-shaded lanes lined with teahouses, shoe stores (Çorum is Turkey's chickpea capital, but it's als...

  • I didn't love #KohSamui. But I ate some amazing food there. If you go don't miss these spots. [New Post] #travel

    Samui's Saving Grace 18 Oct '12, 11am

    But over the course of five days on Langkawi I grew to like it, even to love it a little, and that travel piece was one of the easiest I've ever written. That didn't happen for me on Koh Samui, in spite of a fair bit of excellent food, wonderful company (Samui Thais may be the friendl...

  • Possibly the best lamb of my life, pit-roasted at a century old shop in inland Aegean Turkey #travel

    In Tire, Pit Roast Lamb for Breakfast 17 May '13, 11am

    I'd be the first to argue against a common misconception regarding the Turkish diet: that it revolves around lamb. While it's true that many Turks eat lamb, it's also true that many avoid it. Turkish cuisine is about so much more than lamb. It encompasses the dairy-heavy dishes of nor...

  • Photography Expedition in Gorgeous NE Turkey (and a Feature in Feast Magazine)

    Photography Expedition in Gorgeous NE Turkey (and a Feature in Feast Magazine) 16 Mar '13, 7am

    The April issue of Australia's SBS Feast magazine includes our feature story on the cow-centric cuisine of Ardahan and Kars provinces, in northeastern Turkey. Included are 6 recipes, for a lentil-tomato soup with handmade noodles and croutons fashioned from the noodle dough; scone-bis...

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