I volunteer in an archaeological lab and sometimes people bring in things they find in their yards or on the beach. A woman brought in this spoon that she found buried in her yard. None of us here have any idea what it is other than it is a spoon. [more inside]
It was either in French (most likely) or German (may have had English subtitles). It was about a poor kid having grown up to be a rich man, and the story was being told via flashbacks. The detail I remember is some scenes about him being invited to a rich kid's house for a dinner. He took homemade baklava as a gift, which was looked down upon. His family may have been Turkish immigrants to this European city. [more inside]
I attempted to make Turkish Delight at home for the first time. The first effort was a complete failure. Effort two seemed to be improved but it's not even close to set after 12 hours. Can you tell me how I might salvage it? [more inside]
I am CRAZY FOR GYROS. I crave a delicious, warm, foil-wrapped Greek gyros sandwich every single day and I never, ever tire of them. The place near me just closed. There's only shawarma in lavash now. It's not the same thing. As you can imagine, I am pissed. So I have decided to just become a subsistence carver. Can anyone help me build a PERSONAL GYROS RIG, and go beyond bland store-bought frozen slices into the third dimension of flavor? [more inside]
I recently interviewed a Turkish band who introduced me to the group 'Roadside Picnic', who make fantastic, alluring left-field hip-hop. I've been hopelessly hooked on this live version of what I presume is a new song from the duo. It's titled "Bir Ustamızın Havası", and I'd love to know what the song is talking about. [more inside]
I am currently living in Austria, where it is typical for people entering a semi-public space (e.g. doctor's office, barber shop) to greet the entire room and receive a greeting back. What is the appropriate response when greeted with "salaam alaikum" (selamün aleyküm)? [more inside]
Brotform is used in english, but is actually a german word, I believe. Similarly, banneton is french, but also borrowed for use in english. Both are words for the bowl that hunk of dough is put into and allowed to rise (and take the shape) of the bowl. Would like to know what they call that in Turkish, please. Thanks in advance!
How would one write "The Fast Ones" in Ottoman-era Turkish? I'm making a mildly humorous sign for a Turkish friend, and for various reasons I'm pretending it's Ottoman-era (1650). [more inside]
I am currently in Kuwait drinking something they call 'French coffee'. I like it a lot but I cannot figure out what it is and the internet isn't helping (nor is the waitress). Its texture is mealy (unfintered), it's strong, there's a lot of sediment, no milk (none offered either), there seems to be a hint of sugar in it (was offered the option of extra when ordering) and it's served in a cup that is somewhat bigger than an espresso one but much smaller than an American coffee cup. It's definitely not Turkish coffee. What is this stuff and how do I make it at home?
I'm making pide for dinner tonight. I am sick of my regular fillings - what do you put in your pide? I am especially looking for vegetarian fillings. Thanks!
I need a tried, tested, and true recipe for making proper, dry, flaky sesame halva. [more inside]
What should I use to darken the white grout on my Turkish mosaic lamp? [more inside]
Once upon a time, I ate at a Turkish restaurant in Sydney. It was the best meal of my life. Can you help me recreate the various meat-in-sauce dishes we were served? [more inside]
Are there any good, clear English-language resources online for learning about and following the upcoming Turkish elections? [more inside]
What language is this? The two things I remember sounded like "nazoor sun" and "sollaar sun" for how are you and fine thanks, or similar. The guy who taught me speaks several languages including Farsi, Arabic, Azerji and Turkish, but googling hasn't worked for me. What was he teaching me? I'd like to learn some phrases in that language to surprise him with next time I see him.
Does a Turkish edition of Norwegian Wood exist? [more inside]
I found this cool, possibly old, possibly Turkish vest. Could you help me identify where it's from / when it was made or point me to other resources that might be of assistance? [more inside]
Which of the thousands of neologisms coined in the Turkish language reforms of the 1920s and 30s stuck, which ones didn't--and why? [more inside]
Where is the first coffee house in the world? [more inside]
I tried to make Turkish coffee, but it doesn't foam up like it's supposed to. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
LanguageLearning Filter: I'm about to start taking Turkish classes (my fourth language) in German (my third language). Any tips on how to make this a beneficial experience for all my languages? [more inside]
How do you program foreign (namely the Turkish ones - ı, ş, and ğ) characters into a laptop keyboard....? [more inside]
I recorded this from the Voice of Turkey via shortwave on 11955 kHz last Friday. Unfortunately, I didn't make note of the world time, and my meager online language resources don't seem to help me figure it out. What time is she announcing after the pips?
Where can I find tahini bread in the Boston area? [more inside]
Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case
Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
Polyglotfilter: How do I keep track of all these languages in my brain? In short: I'm at various stages of each language, though some are on "pause" for the moment. What are the best methods for continuing my progress in each, without mixing them up? [more inside]
Help me identify a Mediterranean dish that is like a pie made of feta and noodles. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good Turkish restaurant in the Boston area. Any recommendations? Teşekkürler in advance.
What is the relationship between the turkish people and the mongolian people? This is a bit of an open-ended question, as I'm not sure I have enough information about this to more effectively ask the question. [more inside]
I need help with interpretation and understanding of The Divan of the Lover. A friend of mine claims to have figured out the meaning, and I'm drawing a blank aside from the most obvious. [more inside]
I need to prepare some labels with seven different languages printed in their own written language. [more inside]
What does my username mean? I think it's Turkish. [more inside]
How mutually intelligible are the Turkic languages? Would Turkish help me get around Central Asia? [more inside]
I have made Turkish Delight about ten times, and not once have I been satisfied with the results. Either the candy ends up limp and flaccid, or it's full of crunchy little sugar crystals. No matter how much I stir, no matter how precise I am with the heat ... I always end up with a sugary mess. Your thoughts?
Can anyone shed some light on this Turkish (I think) graffiti my friend saw in a (Japanese) train station and copied down in a hurry? (Text inside -- might be unsavory or even NSFW for all I know.) [more inside]
culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can purchase a kese (some examples here) in person in the Boston or NYC areas, or online? [more inside]
The documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul introduced me to the Turkish rap music of Ceza (Bilgin Özçalkan). While I like the sound of it, I have no idea what is being said, and some of the song titles make me a bit nervous that I might be enjoying something dodgy (and exposing friends to it). Can anyone who speaks Turkish translate this? [more inside]
What are the best books/dvds/cds/websites out there for Turkish learning? What did you use and recommend? Are there any tips or things that helped you? [more inside]
Where can I find nice Turkish Delight? [more inside]
Turkish food filter: I believe it was called "muharama" or something close. It was spread on pita and had a lot of garlic and possible walnuts. I've tried many spelling combinations in google and found nothing. What is it and what's the recipe?