Chef Joseba and I went to the organic market to explore some products yesterday — only to run into the most famous food critic / enthusiast in Turkey. We said hello and loud exclamations about food blended into the sound of the thunderstorm! #market #chef #food #istanbul #bugday #ferikoy #organicfood #turkishfood It feels as though I’ve gained one more ally. (at Istanbul Buyukada) High-res

Chef Joseba and I went to the organic market to explore some products yesterday — only to run into the most famous food critic / enthusiast in Turkey. We said hello and loud exclamations about food blended into the sound of the thunderstorm! #market #chef #food #istanbul #bugday #ferikoy #organicfood #turkishfood It feels as though I’ve gained one more ally. (at Istanbul Buyukada)

Alright, this is the final round for the second #Tumblr mystery basket challenge for #masterchef. Poutine first time around was great but I wanted to get more flavor and texture into the dish. I melted some blue cheese into my gravy, cut the potatoes thinner and finished the gravy with light soy sauce, potatoes at 300F blanched, frozen, fried at 350F. Freaking phenomenal. #larb js a Thai warm ground beef salad with chili paste, the occasional shrimp paste, lime and red onions. I rode the mystery basket on this and it made sense. Diced kosher dill pickles, soy sauce, mustard, toasted peanuts and balsamic vinegar. Artery clogger fries, refreshing beef salad. It works!!! #larb #thaifood #beef #masterchef #poutine #bluecheese #fries #canadian #quebecois #montreal #drunkfood  #streetfood #gravy #americanfood (at Istanbul Buyukada) High-res

Alright, this is the final round for the second #Tumblr mystery basket challenge for #masterchef. Poutine first time around was great but I wanted to get more flavor and texture into the dish. I melted some blue cheese into my gravy, cut the potatoes thinner and finished the gravy with light soy sauce, potatoes at 300F blanched, frozen, fried at 350F. Freaking phenomenal. #larb js a Thai warm ground beef salad with chili paste, the occasional shrimp paste, lime and red onions. I rode the mystery basket on this and it made sense. Diced kosher dill pickles, soy sauce, mustard, toasted peanuts and balsamic vinegar. Artery clogger fries, refreshing beef salad. It works!!! #larb #thaifood #beef #masterchef #poutine #bluecheese #fries #canadian #quebecois #montreal #drunkfood #streetfood #gravy #americanfood (at Istanbul Buyukada)

Here is a #poutine #Quebecois, early morning / late night #streetfood at its best. The @masterchef bloggers team has put a fancy list of ingredients together and this is my first rendition of one of the components on the plate. Classic poutine uses cheese curds, mine here uses chunks of #bluecheese as per the mystery basket! Super crispy fries, topped with cheese and gravy. You have to be fending off a hangover to eat this sucker. Now let’s work on the #larb to pair this with! #drunk #fries #gravy #fastfood #drunkfood #streetfood #arteryclogger (at Istanbul Buyukada) High-res

Here is a #poutine #Quebecois, early morning / late night #streetfood at its best. The @masterchef bloggers team has put a fancy list of ingredients together and this is my first rendition of one of the components on the plate. Classic poutine uses cheese curds, mine here uses chunks of #bluecheese as per the mystery basket! Super crispy fries, topped with cheese and gravy. You have to be fending off a hangover to eat this sucker. Now let’s work on the #larb to pair this with! #drunk #fries #gravy #fastfood #drunkfood #streetfood #arteryclogger (at Istanbul Buyukada)

Hibiscus whiskey sour. Maybe a little too much head but great flavor here. Whiskey sour experiments will continue. Here is the recipe for this one, yield two highballs. 1 egg white, 1/2 T sugar, 4 oz hibiscus steep (30 mins 1 oz to pint), 2 oz whiskey, pinch of salt #cocktail #whiskeysour #hibiscus #tea #mediterranean #istanbul  (at Istanbul Buyukada) High-res

Hibiscus whiskey sour. Maybe a little too much head but great flavor here. Whiskey sour experiments will continue. Here is the recipe for this one, yield two highballs. 1 egg white, 1/2 T sugar, 4 oz hibiscus steep (30 mins 1 oz to pint), 2 oz whiskey, pinch of salt #cocktail #whiskeysour #hibiscus #tea #mediterranean #istanbul (at Istanbul Buyukada)

"I asked the class what 80 divided by 2 was and I got an answer fairly quickly. Then I asked the same for 100, 50 everyone shouted. Then I asked 90 to be divided by 2. Silence ensued. You stood up and said, it’s got to be somewhere between 40 and 50 but I don’t think it can be calculated." Oyrort Kristin, my 1st grade teacher. Just ran into her on Buyukada #armenian #istanbul #buyukada #teacher (at Istanbul Buyukada) High-res

"I asked the class what 80 divided by 2 was and I got an answer fairly quickly. Then I asked the same for 100, 50 everyone shouted. Then I asked 90 to be divided by 2. Silence ensued. You stood up and said, it’s got to be somewhere between 40 and 50 but I don’t think it can be calculated." Oyrort Kristin, my 1st grade teacher. Just ran into her on Buyukada #armenian #istanbul #buyukada #teacher (at Istanbul Buyukada)

Toasty pine needles, linden, oleander and the occasional late blooming mimosa… That’s how jet lag in Istanbul smells. / Cam yapraklari, zakkum, ihlamur ve mimozalar. Iste boyle kokuyor Istanbul’da jet lag. #istanbul #jetlag #buyukada #island #sunrise #smell #home (at Aya Nikola Buyukada) High-res

Toasty pine needles, linden, oleander and the occasional late blooming mimosa… That’s how jet lag in Istanbul smells. / Cam yapraklari, zakkum, ihlamur ve mimozalar. Iste boyle kokuyor Istanbul’da jet lag. #istanbul #jetlag #buyukada #island #sunrise #smell #home (at Aya Nikola Buyukada)