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Growing up in New York City, I am happy to see the rest of the world that has always been a a part of mine.

KADIKÖY – Istanbul, Turkey



Istanbul, Turkey

Kadıköy  is a lovely district on the Asian side near the mouth of the Bosphorus on the north coast of the Sea of Marmara.  It sits near the anciant site of Chalcedon and  is a must visit!  Regretfully, we left Kadıköy to the end of our journey and had limited time.  We had just enough to realize that on our next visit to Istanbul, Kadıköy is where we will spend most of our time; in the small streets and some of the best food shopping in the city!

Kadıköy is a labyrinth of lively cobbled streets and small buildings with cafes, restaurants, book stores,  antique shops or simply stalls selling the freshest produce we saw.

In the street markets, there are a couple of places not to miss:
The Şekerci Cafer Erol – a wonderful candy store and the famous Ciya

It very easy to get to Kadıköy by ferry; so do it soon after you arrive to Istanbul !!












El Bazaar Sabado – Mexico City, Mexico


El Bazaar Sabado

(52) 55 616-0082
Plaza San Jacinto No. 11 INT 12 y 13
San Angel, México, D.F.

10:00 am – 7:00pm    Saturday

Mexico City’s Bazaar Sabato has been humming since 1960, yes, as a weekend destination for the the tourists!  The main building – which is the official bazaar –  is a classic colonial house with a large patio in its center.  Here there sits a restaurant lively with music and a pretty good quesadilla kiosk!  Surrounding the patio, there are all sorts different handcrafts booths; with everything imagined from the gifted hands of wonderful Mexican artisans.

The entire area is a playground of artisanal design.  At the Plaza de San Jacinto, just across the street,  work is displayed on the pavement.  Around the corner, there is an open space in which tents hold smaller booths.  Nearby, not far from the Frida Kahlo house, there is a brick and mortar, high end handcraft store with creations from the more celebrated and award winning artisans in the country – here is where one can find the really spectacular!

The entire area is lovely to walk around, with cobblestone streets, colonial houses beautifully kept full of color and happiness 🙂

Bazar-del-Sabado-009Magnifient lamps by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Perez – Local 12-13
Bazar-del-Sabado-007lamps by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Perez – Local 12-13
Bazar-del-Sabado-013Hand painted Papyrus
Bazar-del-Sabado-001Casa del obispo,  galeria de arte popular
Bazar-del-Sabado-003Paper flowers by Jose Marcos Barco  – Local 47
Bazar-del-Sabado-011votive ceramic skulls

Ulus 29 – Istnbul, Turkey

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Ulus 29 Restaurant

(90)  212 358-2929
Adnan Saygun Caddesi
Ulus Parkı İçi No:71/1
34340, Istnbul, Turkey

12:00pm  3:00 pm – Monday – Friday
6:30 pm – Daily

In 1993, on a hilltop in the center of the Ulus neighborhood, interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu created this platform for marvelous views of the Bosphorus, the semi-circular enclosed space is a true example of east meets west.  There are magnificent crystal chandeliers hung over the center lounge and a fire place and the adjacent bar.   There is also a grand outdoor terrace, but we visited s during winter, so we did not get to enjoy much of it (although we tried but the chilling breeze sent us back inside).

The menu consist of 29 (a play on the name) traditional Ottoman dishes as well as well as some french and Japanese fusion options.  The eggplant was highly smoked, while being pure and fresh.  A few other standouts were the deep fried goat cheese salad with mizzuna, mint, arugula and strawberry reduction, the rice pilaf with butter and the grilled octopus with white-bean-and-tomato salad.

Reservations, as well as smart dress are highly recommended at this classic restaurant with its impeccable service.  We highly recommend a nice outing at Ulus 29; so enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner, and then walk down the hill, all the way to the water. It’s not a bad way to enjoy some vacation time!

Ulus_29_-001lavaş bread garlic butter goat cheese rosettes



Ulus_29_-006Mizzuna, poached egg salad with perfect artichoke hearts and asparagus
Ulus_29_-008Dolmas, slightly sweet and very aromatic and lemony, defenetely the best we’ve had so far