Istanbul – the non touristy way : Tarihi Karadeniz


Continuing the series: Istanbul – the non touristy way, today I present to you one of the best döner places in Istanbul, Tarihi Karadeniz  pide ve döner salonu . It is a small place in Besiktas neighborhood, that makes one huge döner  everyday and closes when it’s finished, so if you go there in the evening most probably you will find the place already closed. It is the only kebap place in that area where there is always a queue, so I think you believe me that it’s a truly delicious one.

When we ate there the meat was almost finished, actually after they served us they stopped the people who were trying to get in queue, but in the beginning of the day it looks like this:

Oh, yeah. That huge. 🙂

If you go there, you must try this delicious  döner together with the house ayran. IMG_4736-2  IMG_4802-3 IMG_4811-4  IMG_4727-2


Address : Sinanpaşa Mah. Mumcu Bakkal Sok. No:6, Beşiktaş, Istanbul 34330

Knives and chopping skills

Oh, the Master: Jamie Oliver is for me the teacher I needed, and I (re)discovered him in the right moment.

Exactly like in the Zen proverb :  When the student is ready the Teacher will appear . Not joking, he really influenced my cooking, the collision of tastes and textures he is presenting in his recipes are exactly on my taste, but, most importantly, I really feel this person is really, authenticly trying to teach us to cook and enjoy food. Authenticity is crossing the TV  barrier in this case. 🙂

In my opinion he has the abilty to explain very well in order for anybody to really understand cooking, and not make a series of automatic gestures described in a recipe.

But, before the actual cooking, knive skills are one the basic things everybody needs to learn, which knives you should buy and how to use them. Here you go:

Happiness is …

With today being the International day of happiness, (Yeeey :))) the main purpose and subject of this blog, I see no better ocasion than to share with you what I promised a few days ago: the list of things that make me happy. It’s definitely just the beginning, but here goes, in no particular order:

1. The sun – when I feel the sun on my face, I feel definitely happier everytime.

2. Seeing our daughter experience something for the first time. There is a great great feeling to see a child’s eyes light-up when they see or find out something new and exciting. It’s like they are getting a step closer to understanding the world. For me, the best feeling is that I can influence in a good way this journey of discovery. My hope is, that with the right tools shared by us during the childhood, she can make the best choices by herself when she will grow up.

3. Sweets. (I’m not even going to pretend feeling guilty about it.) 🙂 I’m sure there is someone out there that can think it’s a  bad choice, but the reasons that make someone happy shouldn’t be explained. 😉

4. Good food. Again, no guilt. Even I gained weight recently I am more happier than I was when I was skinny so, again, not guilty. (The weight gained it’s not connected with the food, which was there all along, only my body’s condition changed, for the better in the end, by quiting smoking and birth control pills.)

5. Traveling. As far as I have experienced until now, everything changes when you go on the road. The perspective gained by the distance can only make things clearer and better. And then are the new things you always, always find out when you travel. I love that. It makes me feel richer and more complete.

6. Watching ” Friends”. I am, and always will be, a fan of this series. It just makes me happy.

7. Learning something new, if possible everyday. This is my strongest addiction, and the only positive one. 🙂 Even if the smallest, unsignificant piece of information ever, if it makes “click!” with some of the ones I already have, I am happy! 🙂

8. Cooking. Things that make me happy, in time, not really changed but evolved naturally. Cooking is something I always did since I was a little girl, but never knew how to appreciate it’s true impact on my life until I got older…I guess it’s never too late.. 😉

9. Photography. Learning photography brought to my life the gift of learning to observe the world as if I would be looking trough a camera, and the importance of perspective, theoretical or phisical. ( I tend to generalize, but it really did this for me.) When you look though a camera, you have to really see. It changes everything. I will ellaborate on it later, it is definitely one of the posts I just have to write.

10. Writing – sharing with you my thoughts – this blog brought this to me and I couldn’t be more grateful. There is a great great feeling in coming in contact with your peers, the people that have shared interests to yours. So, thank you all for being there and reading. and giving me the oportunity to read your thoughts also. 🙂

I wish you happiness! 🙂