Morning at Çağdaş Börek, Pangalti

Despite the expressive use of letters I was unfamiliar with, there was nothing about Çağdaş Börek that was fancy. In fact it was a place that was generally forgettable, perched above the entrance to the Osmanbey Metro on Halaskargazi Street. A bland entrance that had probably been remodeled five years ago, but seemed longer gave... read more >

Cocktail evolution

One of the dirty truths about the world of mixed drinks is that it’s more derivative than Hollywood. Everything is based or borrowed or inspired from something else. Unlike the movie business there’s nothing wrong with this though as you can drink the same drink over and over without getting tired of. Seriously, I’ve tried... read more >

The universal numbers one and two

I grew up in an era that introduced the low-flush toilet to the United States. This change fully came about in 1994 which happened to coincide with a complete bathroom remodel in my parent’s home. Being decently ecologically minded and faced with no options, we bought one of these new toilets and quickly realized that... read more >

Turkish Airlines holds it together

Prior to my recent trip to Israel, I had never flown on Turkish Airlines, but after experiencing them this first time, I would definitely go again. Long ago I reserved myself to the fact that air travel sucks. It’s uncomfortable (especially for the long legged of us), it’s tiring, the services on board are fewer... read more >

Tel Aviv airport doesn’t mess around

I was recently invited for a wine tour of Israel by a group called Kinetis whose aim is to promote the other side of Israel not covered in the evening news that consists of the innovation and culture that emerges from this small country on the eastern side of the Mediterranean which has had nothing... read more >