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Dibek Traditional Cook – Nevşehir, Turkey

Dibek-Traditional-Cook_008above photo kurufasulye, pilav, mantı and Testi Kebap on backgound

Dibek Traditional Cook

(90) 384 271 2209
Konak Sokak 50650
Göreme Nevşehir TÜRKİYE


18:00 – 13:30
Dibek-Traditional-Cook_004Bulgur Çorbası – bulgur, tomato, onion soup – so simple sounding, yet so good!

When you find yourself in Turkey – you may be a bit confused with just how helpful and friendly the people are.  Especially if you come from a “me-first” kind of city like New York 🙂

It took us a bit to really realize that the people were trying to be helpful and not put us through a ruse!!  With that  …

We went with Çem, the son of the Mustaffa owner of the Aydinli Cave House, to their second cousins restaurant Dibek Traditional Cook – which turns out to be one of the top local spot Göreme.  It’s one of the places we would have passed by without glancing twice – as it is in a 450 Year old stable; and not much to look at from the outside.  But like all good things in life, it’s what’s on the side that matters!

Dibek specializes in slow-cooked Testi Kebabı; a complete meal cooked in a sealed terra-cotta pot.  The pot is served in its ceramic entirety, then broken at the table.   For this specific dish, you need to make a reservation as it takes about 3 hours to be prepared!  So worth it!!!  There are a meat and vegetarian options, we chose the mushrooms, eggplant with tomato, pepper, patato, and garlic … my mouth is watering as I type this!

Other local specialties included:

Kurufasulye – oven cooked white beans in tomatoe and chili pepper sauce, topped with chopped tomatoes and green peppers sided with a perfect cucumber- onion salad.

Mantı – a surviving Ottoman recipe consisting of handmade pasta filled with meat or cheese and crushed chickpeas.  Then steamed, and served topped with a yogurt garlic sauce and sprinkled with sumac.

Cacık – a perfect condiment of cucumbers and garlic mixed with yogurt, dressed with olive oil and  mint.

We kept our dinner for the last evening in Cappadocia, and regret it a little.  Dibek Traditional Cook is hands down THE BEST restaurant we went to during our entire excursion – and we shoud’ve had dinner there every evening!!

Oh yes, they also have delicious homemade wine 🙂



Dibek-Traditional-Cook_006Testi Kebabı


Arnavutköy – Istanbul, Turkey



Istanbul, Turkey

Arnavutköy Albanian Village, by its full name, was actually Armenian and Greek under the Ottoman rule.  Currently, it is a posh neighborhood on Bosphorus,  with beautiful wooden Ottoman mansions and boats lining the crystal blue waterfront.

Full of cafes, nightclubs and a parade of sport cars, Arnavutköy is a nice place for a walk along the water.  On weekends, people watching is in order as it is full of people wandering up and down, while many others are stationary fishing from the embankment.

Look for the striking Monument of Atatürk, across the street is a small rooftop cafe, perfect for an afternoon tea and Bosphorus view.




Kurucesme_011Monument of Atatürk

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İstanbul Üniversitesi – Istanbul, Turkey


İstanbul Üniversitesi

(90)  212 440 0000
Kaptanı Derya İbrahim Paşa Sokak
34116 Beyazıt, Istanbul, Turkey


Not far from the large bazaars on Beyazıt Square (built by Constantine the Great) is the beautiful main gate  to Istanbul university (built in 1864).  The gate is so striking, it graced the back of the  500 Turkish Lira banknote during the years of 1971-84.

Originally, established in 1453 under the Ottoman empire as “House of Multiple Sciences”  the campus was re-structured in 1925 into a modern university by the most non-other then  Atatürk!

If you want to visit the campus, it is beter to go before 5:00pm.

Istambul-University_006statue of Atatürk with the main building on background that used to be the headquarters of the Harbiye Nezareti (Ministry of War) during the Ottoman rulling

Istambul-University_005Beyazıt-Central Campus