I'll be traveling to Hong Kong/China this February, with a one-day (19 hour) layover in Istanbul. What's the best use of my time there? [more inside]
I think I figured out a way to simplify my family's Thanksgiving meal. What didn't I think of? [more inside]
My aunt, uncles, cousins, grandma, and everyone else I know is coming to Thanksgiving this year, and they all love good food and my aunt and grandma may very well be the best cooks I've ever met. I am smoking a turkey on the Big Green Egg and I want it to knock their socks off. I've googled but what I've found doesn't give me any indication that the turkey is going to turn out GREAT. I need a great, great recipe. Anybody have one? I'd be forever indebted to you. Bonus question: anybody have an equally delicious bread pudding recipe?
So, we're able to get an AMAZING deal on Airfare to Istanbul in February 16th - 25th. Looking for tips and advice for our visit. [more inside]
How do I cook the best turkey (and) and fixings meal for just myself (for a whole weekend)? I'm basically going to put on some Abba, and eat like crazy this weekend. So tell me how I can make the best Thanksgiving turkey and sides! Oh, this is anonymous because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. Also, I prefer to limit it to just one type of animal, so no bacon wrapped shrimp. Probably no bacon wrapped shrimp. Recipes of good sides preferably not using just turkey.
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]
I want to hunt for my own turkey in California this fall. I've never handled a gun before. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
Planning a four weeks long overland trip around the Balkans in September/October. [more inside]
How to sustain public hygiene and battle possible health hazards, possibly with strong chemicals, without poisoning the soil or thousands of people? [more inside]
Help me understand what's happening in Turkey. [more inside]
I am travelling for four days to Turkey's capital. My hotel is in downtown Ankara and I have been told I should take bus 442 and get off at Kizilay city center, which is a 5-minute-walk away (hotel at Kültür Mh.Ataç-2 Sokak No:46). Does anyone know the area? Any major landmark(s) I should pay attention to so as not to miss my stop? How viable are EGO buses to get around? (I'll also need to travel daily to the university Cebeci Campus)
My partner and I will be in Turkey later this month and will have three days in and around Izmir. We plan to visit Ephesus, the Dilek park, as well as maybe Samos and/or Chios. We need some help making decisions about how to get around and where in the area to stay for a few nights. [more inside]
I found some stone tablets written in a strange alphabet amongst a bunch of graves from different eras at the city museum of Tire, Turkey. The guy working the desk at the museum didn't know what they were. Pictures in extended. [more inside]
My fiancee and I are considering Turkey for our honeymoon next October. Should we take a pre-arranged tour or book all our own hotels, in-country travel, etc.? Our considerations are money and how much effort it will be to plan a long trip to a new place in addition to a wedding. [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?
Have I ruined my 7 lb turkey by leaving it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours? [more inside]
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]
Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)
Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
I need to make the best turkey you've ever tasted this Thanksgiving. My pride is at stake here, people. Help me! [more inside]
Visa requirements for Turkey: For a 2-Month internship, do I need to get a visa as a German citizen? I only found information on 3+ month internships on the internet..
I am going to Turkey for two weeks next spring -- the last week of April and the first week of May. Other than Istanbul, where should I consider going? [more inside]
I use music a lot in my classroom. This year will be no different. Help me put together the best possible back-to-school playlist of school-friendly pop songs…with one caveat: they can’t be in English. [more inside]
Managed to get some form of sickness in Istanbul. Am I okay now, or should I still go see a doctor? [more inside]
refugee work/volunteering in Istanbul [more inside]
Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
Help me plan my trip to Europe this summer! Helpful details abound within! [more inside]
I need more ideas for how to spice up/flavor my turkey meatloaf muffins. [more inside]
How much of Christmas Dinner can I precook? [more inside]
I want to like dark meat, really I do. I hate letting food go to waste, but invariably, when we cook a whole bird, we let the back half of it sit in the fridge until one of us throws it out. [more inside]
what should i do with two turkey legs? [more inside]
Question about turkey roasting for a turkey-cooking newbie. [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?
Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs? [more inside]
I need to cook a 16-18lb bird and a 19lb sirloin, and I want to do it with fire, but I'm not sure my plan is a good one. [more inside]
Has anyone ever tried this Cook's Illustrated turkey recipe? It purports to cook a 12-14 lb bird in two hours. I'm a bit skeptical. [more inside]
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]
Have you smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving? Want to give me the benefit of your experience? [more inside]
Seeking ideas for a wedding gift to buy during our upcoming Istanbul trip, as well as smaller souvenirs to bring back for friends. [more inside]
Due to very busy schedules, the earliest time we can take a vacation this year is the second half of October. We originally planned to go to Turkey, but Lonely Planet says that Cappadocia basically shuts down due to cold in mid October. So is that true, and if so, what other similar places would you suggest for a week at that time of year, in Europe? A little culture would be nice, since the rest of the tip will be spent in the Greek isles.
My boyfriend and I are kicking around the idea of going to Turkey (mainly Istanbul) OR Argentina (mainly Buenos Aires) in December. Have you been? What are these cities like in the winter? How expensive are they? [more inside]
I need help with a cooking question ASAP. It has to do with roasting times. Thanks. [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]
Should I buy some Turkish currency now, ahead of my two-week September trip to Istanbul, to hedge against the (hopefully remote) possibility that U.S. politicians will not raise the debt ceiling by August? Or euros? Are there other steps I should take now to protect myself, just in case? [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]
Are there any good, clear English-language resources online for learning about and following the upcoming Turkish elections? [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]