I'll be spending 2 full days in Istanbul at the end of this month. It's my 5th time in this city; I think I've done all the touristy, central Istanbul things over the past three years. So what have I missed? What's worth a visit out in the suburbs? What about a day trip somewhere by train/coach? [more inside]
A few weeks ago, may be a couple of months, I saw a trailer for a documentary on UK television that was mainly footage of a guy free diving / swimming in the sea. [more inside]
Asking for friends who are in Turkey for the next week. They have done lots of guidebook research and have accommodations sorted out, but are looking for personal recommendations for must-see/must-do activities as well as recommendations for outstanding food and drink (read: alcohol wherever possible). [more inside]
Does anyone know the etymology of the Turkish name Tanrıvermiş? In particular, is it etymologically Turkic, or does it have an Arabic or Persian root?
Okay, having a problem with dry brining my turkey. Help? [more inside]
My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety. [more inside]
Planning ahead for Thanksgiving dinner in a new city. On Long Island my parents used to go to a local turkey farm where you could choose your bird and they'd slaughter it fresh for you. I'd love something similar in the Los Angeles area; failing that, I'm looking for the best place where I can reserve a fresh, heritage bird -- happy to pay extra for it.
Actually, we will be living in Zekeriyakoy, north of the city, but I am guessing a lot of my questions could be answered by Istanbul residents, past and present. [more inside]
Someone I work with is Turkish and in Turkey for the summer. He asked me to let him know if I would like something from Turkey. I do! But do I take him up on it? [more inside]
I've been accepted to two summer programs in two great cities! I am indecisive and have only a few more days to decide which travel grant to accept. [more inside]
A few weeks ago I was transiting through the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and saw several men wearing odd robes. These were more like long towels than robes. The material seemed like white terry cloth bath towels, but could have been wool or another thicker material. They appeared to have one wrapped around their waists and another draped over one shoulder, although it could have been one long section. Each section would have been roughly 3' x 10' (1mx3m), or 3' x 20' if all in one. Now I am wondering, who were these men, what were they wearing and why were they dressed like that? [more inside]
I'm visiting Istanbul in May, we were originally going to stay near Taksim square, but I'm wondering if we should re-think because of the protests. Has anyone been there recently, or any locals able to make some recommendations?
I was inspired by growabrain's Jacques Pépin a few days back, and spent a couple days making a turkey galantine for a party. The results were perfectly fine, but for the amount of time and effort I put in I was hoping for something closer to amazing. [more inside]
I accidentally bought a turkey that has been "deep basted with butter." Can I still brine it? [more inside]
The DingoWife and I will be honeymooning in Turkey this 2-16 November, and based on inputs to our last question, we'll be doing it on our own, sans-tour package. Now we would love input as we pin down our itinerary. Can you help? [more inside]
We left a Tupperware tub of turkey bacon on top of the refrigerator for about 12 hours. One package still sealed, one already open. Safe to eat or am I making an early morning run to the grocery store tomorrow?
We decided to do turkey parts this year, instead of a whole bird, and could only find a boneless skinless turkey breast for the white meat portion of our Thanksgiving meal. How do we cook it? [more inside]
I only have 3 meat eaters coming for Thanksgiving. What can I serve to balance my desire not to have a ton of meat leftover that no one will eat vs. the desire to set a festive table and have a special meal? [more inside]
Two twelve pound frozen turkeys wrapped well in newspaper insulation, placed in a suitcase and put on a plane. One trip from Michigan USA to Sint Maarten, Caribbean. Safe? [more inside]
How much of Christmas Dinner can I precook? [more inside]
We purchased a precooked turkey for Thanksgiving from Zabar's. We are getting ready to heat it up. The turkey is wrapped tightly in an open weave netting type bag which is tied shut. It is then has a clear plastic bag over it. The instructions say: Do not remove from oven proof bag. We are several idiots in disagreement about whether the plastic bag is the oven proof bag. Is there someone here (preferable who has ordered from Zabar's) who can clarify?
Kosher substitute for salt pork? We want to make an America's Test Kichen recipe for Thanksgiving turkey. It calls for salt pork to be laid along the back of the turkey during the first part of the roasting process (with the breast-side down), like so. ATK says this is called "barding" the turkey, which they say makes the bird "self-basting." [more inside]
I love traveling, but is taking an overseas trip to Istanbul at 6.5 months pregnant ill-advised? [more inside]
We'll be heading to Cappadocia for 5 days the last week of August/first week of September. The usual Mefi vacation planning help requested. [more inside]
Do people send flowers to a wedding? I have a friend (who is originally from Turkey--this is relevant) who was invited to the Florida wedding of her father's friend's daughter (who was born in the U.S. but is of Turkish descent). My friend can't attend, wants to send flowers, and is wondering whether to send them to the church or the reception. [more inside]
Does anyone know the name of this music video that was very popular in Turkey the last few months: the artist is a woman singing in Hindi (I think); the song is about 'different colors' (we are all different) and has diverse characters - with a lot of diverse styles. It is a real catchy song and a the video is full of beautiful colors.
So, I'm almost 90% sure that I'd like to go teach over in Turkey. I've applied for a passport, I'm looking for jobs, I have friends over there looking for jobs for me, and now all I have to do is finish this last semester of my Master's in English... Wait a minute, what do they mean, I shouldn't bring my cat? [more inside]
What are some primal/slow-carb/low-carb dishes I can find in restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey? [more inside]
Here is some script we saw on a cave wall in Şuayb, in the Syrian desert outside Şanlıurfa in Southeastern Turkey. Anyone have any idea what it might be? [more inside]
My SO and I are planning on taking about 9 days for a vacation and would like to spend about 3 days in London and 4 in Istanbul (plus travel time to and from New York). [more inside]
Why do businesses in Turkey never seem able to make change? [more inside]
I'm making a "Welcome" gift basket for our new live-in nanny, in Turkey. What should I include? [more inside]
I'm searching for an completely insane recipe for a "blackened" roasted turkey that David Rosengarten prepared on his old Food Network show, "Taste". [more inside]
How can I best approximate a real Thanksgiving turkey— with chicken, a gas burner, and toaster oven? What other kinds of traditional fare can I make, given the limited ingredients available where I live? Help me have a real Thanksgiving far from home! [more inside]
I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving. I have zero idea what I'm doing. Advice, s'il vous plait! [more inside]
How can I make perfect baked potatoes while roasting other meats? [more inside]
I'm planning on "work-traveling" through Europe and Asia, and am looking for advice on where to live in Bucharest and Istanbul. [more inside]
What can I do with this turkey carcass? (Besides make stock/soup/gumbo/etc.) [more inside]
Oven management strategies for thanksgiving? I am hosting thanksgiving at my house this year, and need help planning the best strategy for making a large roast meal with insufficient oven space. [more inside]
How can I cook a turkey when my oven is, shall we say, overenthusiastic? [more inside]