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The Oozing Americana Portal: Shake Shack

December 27, 2013


Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC have been common place in Turkey, Europe, and even the Middle East for many years now. However, walking the streets of Istanbul, you can’t help but get the creeping feeling that something is afoot. The is an alien element that has been lurking just beneath the surface but it […]

The Culinary Treasures of Aksaray

April 27, 2013


Imagine taking a bus from Russia through Chechnya or Georgia and across the great length of the Turkish steppes to Istanbul. Well, there are those who do it, and the bus route finally empties these tired smelly travelers in Aksaray. This is a grubby neighborhood on the European side of Istanbul. The name, Aksaray, translates […]

Disturbing the Peace [repost]

December 11, 2011


[This is old post from my site. In fact, it’s my first post ever.] I hurried to my balcony one cold night a few days ago. Something strange had the tranquil moments before I fell asleep. These are the moments after the latest episode of Top Chef or some internet movie has concluded, and […]

Lion’s Milk

June 21, 2011


Rakı is by far the national alcoholic drink of Turkey. It is a clear liqour, but turns milky white when ice and water are added. It’s made from grape skins and stems that are sometimes mixed with ethanol. Aniseed is added which gives it a licorice flavor. It’s not as versatile as most liquors, but all […]

Expat Cravings: Guacamole

May 31, 2011


I’m happy to announce that red onions are now available once again in Istanbul. About a month ago, I got a hankerin’ for guacamole, so I went looking for red onions. (In my guacamole, I must have red onions.) Now, red onions are normally evasive, but this time I could not find them anywhere. I […]

Death of a Chili’s

March 24, 2011


                        When you live in a mega city of around 14 million souls, the humanity can sometimes swell up and choke you. This usually happens for my wife and I about once every three or four months, and when it does, we go to Chili’s. All those who have lived for a period of […]