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Karadeniz – Istanbul

Towards the end of the passage we came upon a group of men eating some exceptionally yummy looking food, and us being quite hungry at the time, started staring and wondering where did they get their delectable dishes! Not a minute passed when the men, with true Turkish hospitality, asked if

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Çiya – Istanbul

Located in Kadiköy, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, Çiya is not an obvious place but is quite renowned.  We had the luck of chatting with Yonca Erol manager of the Sekerci (Confectioner) Cafer Erol and after exchanging passionate stories of food, she literally held our hand and walked us up the hill, via narrow streets, all the way to Ciya.  There, she… Read More

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Şekerci Cafer Erol – Istanbul

Yonca Erol is foremost a charming woman; she is also a member of the Cafer Erol family, and the manager of the Şekerci Cafer Erol.  Founded in 1807 this magnificent confectionery store as expanded to five branches around Istanbul.   Yonca was more than happy to chat and lecture us on the different techniques used in the production of their wonderful sweets.  After a… Read More

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W Hotel Istanbul

In the middle of the Besiktas neighborhood, sit the historic Akaretler Row Houses. Peering at their curved facades, one can deconstruct their current perfection and see how it was a developer’s dream. The neighborhood has now been transformed into one of the city’s trendiest areas, where you will find every elite boutique from Etro to Missoni. Direct in the middle of this shoppers mecca lays the absolutely wonderful, very stylish, and surprisingly accessible W Hotel Istanbul.