I had to cook at some point… Turkish Hamsi, Mezgit and Coban Salad

Cooking over here is always an interesting procedure for me. For starters – all of the ingredients are foreign, the knives are dull, none of the spices are labeled and must be identified by smell, there isn’t a pepper mill to be found anywhere and the salt smells very strong of iodine from time to […]

A brief note about 9/11 – as I write from Istanbul

As I sit here in a predominantly Islamic country on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I am somewhat torn emotionally as one might expect. I don’t have enough time to fully dissect those emotions or to try to bring them to the forefront completely. So I will simply say a few things. […]