Memorable Fried Mackerel Sandwiches from Istanbul

One of the great cities of the Mediterranean is Istanbul, known as Constantinople before the Ottoman Turks took it in 1453. Even in the Middle Ages, as well as today, Istanbul had a reputation among Western travelers for marvelous fish, the splendor of its fisheries of Stamboul and Galata, and the quality of the species […]

Katmer, A Flaky Turkish Pastry

The number of food stands at the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival in May at the Orange County Fairground in Costa Mesa, Calif., was a bit daunting because all the food looked wonderful and smelled even better. One of the longest lines was for the katmer, a baked flaky pastry stuffed with clotted cream, sugar, […]

Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival Delivers!

Luckily we arrived early for my talk on “Istanbul and Turkish Food during the Ottoman Empire” because the 2013 Anatolian Culture and Food Festival at the Orange County Fairground in Costa Mesa, California this weekend provided some extraordinary food to be eaten.  It was somewhat overwhelming, not only because of the food but because it […]

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