Sunday, February 28, 2010

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National Pride on the Line

Red mittens. Check.
Canadian flags. Check.
Glowing hearts. Check.
The glory of a home-ice gold? So close we can tastes it.

Battle of the 49th Parallel. Canada vs. USA Gold Medal Men's Hockey Game.
10pm Turkey Time, live on Eurostar, showing at our place.
Bring your screaming voice.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

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Fishermen's Market

There's this fun little section at the heart of Kadıköy called the Fishermen's Market - a few lively blocks crammed full of colourful produce stands, pastry shops, pickle shops, dried fruit and nut shops, Turkish coffee shops, breakfast-stuff shops and, yes, fresh fish. When I'm up in Istanbul, I look for any excuse to go buy something there - a kilo of dates, some dried cranberries (which have, thank heaven, finally made their debut on the Turkish scene), some Turk Kahvesi to take home as a present. And even when I don't need anything, I'll go out of my way to take a stroll down this crowded back street, just to drink in the ambience. (Plus, it's impossible to get out of there without scoring some free samples!)

I wish I could bottle up the smells, the sounds, the flavours for's a visual sampling....

Mmm, dolma! Stuffed eggplant, stuffed tomatoes, cabbage wraps....

Pickled everything.

These grape leaves are used to make sarma - tight little rolls filled with rice and spices.