Sunday lunch at Takanik-Arnavutköy with my friend Dudi
we had a rucola salad with tomatoes,some fried calamaris
dudi had red mullet and i had sole
i totally forgot to take some pictures,too busy eating:/
it's nice,good for lunch,not expensive ,but they don't serve alcohol

Kuruçeşme Bebek yolu,no87 Arnavutköy
Tel:0212 263 83 46


Diner at Tarık and Savaş house at Büyükada
Tarık(as usual)cooked for us
Beautiful friday night at büyükada
it was simply delicious!!

-Kısır made with vişne(Kısır is a cold dish made with fine cracked wheat,prepared with tomatoes,onions,fresh herbs,pomegranate syrupand olive oil..and vişne is sour cherry)
-artichoke with haricots and mustard sauce
-Beğendi(aubergine puree)
-Meatballs and erişte(homemade pasta)
-Thai salad-beef

Rating:miam!!!un delice


18th of July

Last day of Botero in Pera Museum

From wikipedia.org

''Fernando Botero Angulo (born April 19, 1932) is a Colombian figurative artist, self-titled "the most Colombian of Colombian artists" early on, coming to prominence when he won the first prize at the Salón de Artistas Colombianos in 1958.

Fernando Botero was born in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, South America, where the Catholic church adopted the Baroque style. Throughout his childhood, Botero was isolated from traditional art presented in museums and other cultural institutes. He lost his father at the age of 4.

In 1944, after Botero attended a Jesuit school, Botero's uncle sent him to a school for matadors for two years.

In 1948, at the age of 16, Botero published his first illustrations in the Sunday supplement of the El Colombiano daily paper and used the money he received to pay for his high school education at the Liceo de Marinilla de Antioquia. 1948 was also the year Botero first exhibited, along with other artists from the region.

From 1949 to 1950, Botero worked as a set designer, before moving to Bogotá in 1951. His first one-man show occurred at the Galería Leo Matiz in Bogotá, a few months after his arrival. In 1952, Botero travelled with a group of artists to Barcelona, where he stayed only briefly before moving on to Madrid.

In Madrid, Botero studied at the Academia de San Fernando.In 1952, he traveled to Bogotá, where he had a personal exhibit at the Leo Matiz gallery. Later that year, he won the ninth edition of the Salón de Artistas Colombianos.

In 1953, Botero moved to Paris, where he spent most of his time in the Louvre. He lived in Florence, Italy from 1953 to 1954, studying the works of Renaissance masters.

Botero's work includes still-lifes and landscapes, but Botero tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are united by their proportionallyexaggerated, or "fat" figures, as he once referred to them.

Botero explains his use of these "large people", as they are often called by critics, or obese figures and forms thus:

"An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it."

Botero is an abstract artist in the most fundamental sense of the word, choosing what colors, shapes, and proportions to use based on intuitive aesthetic thinking. Though he currently spends only one month a year in Colombia, he considers himself the "most Colombian artist living" due to his insulation from the international trends of the art world.

Botero gained considerable attention in 2005 for his Abu Ghraib collection, which began as an idea he had on a plane, finally culminating in more than 85 paintings and 100 drawings.

The Circus collection followed in 2008, with 20 works of oil and watercolor.

In an interview promoting his Circus collection, Botero said: "After all this, I always return to the simplest things: still lifes."

pool,reading and pink repettos

the end of a wonderful lunch


0232-722 10 08

A lot of Meze:
pickled beatroot,salad,little chili peppers filled with feta,
octopus,fresh herbs,stained yogurt...and of course lobster

we had an early dinner or late luch just before our friend's wedding
İ highly recommend it it's delicious!!



Okan's place

One of the nice quiet beach of Çeşme
it's crowded on the weekend
Breakfast is good!
Okan's place-Altınkum
Tel:0232 3940131
Entry:10 TL+5 TL for parking

İ shared breakfast with my friends Senem-Eren and Ergin
had a feta/tomato toast and grilled vegetables with yoghurt


Sweet place
you can buy cookies,icecream,jam or bread
it's on the main street


Very very nice
it used to be in an old tobacco depot
unfortunately they have to move
but i think the new place is very nice
it's silent,a bit of cricket noise and highly romantic!

-Cracked wheat salad with arugula and fresh herbs
-Arugula and parmiggiano salad
-lamb chops served with orange zest orzo
-Turkish cofee for finale

Delicious,i highly recomment it

Agrilia:Hıdır Baba sokak no3 Alaçatı(next to the cemetary)
Tel:0232 716 85 94


Alaçatı is a cute little town,lots of greek used to live in Alaçatı
it's super crowded
but still nice
The little town is not on the seaside,you need to go by car to a beach

Where to stay?
-Taş Hotel:www.tasotel.com
-Sailors Hotel:www.sailorsotel.com

Where to eat?

Where to shop?and what to buy?
you can buy gum mastic and jams from Sakız adası/Chios
i got bergamot and bitter orange
the perfect place is imren on the main street
You can buy olive oil or peştemal(sarong) too
There's a market place next to the mosuqe you can find nice stuff
i got years ago a lot of old crochet flowers,beautiful!
if you are looking for some fashion don't miss Midnight Express on the main street

Balikçı Hasan-Dalyanköy/Çeşme