• cup of joy

    September 2nd, 2013

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    Do you understand the difference between a flat white and a latté? Do you know what an aeropress is? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you owe it to yourself to find a narrow little pasaj in Bebek and visit Cup Of Joy. Despite a serious coffee addiction, I have to say I began to wonder about the value proposition of spending 8TL for someone to ruin an espresso drink. A local chain recently delivered me an americano with a taste that more closely resembled burnt popcorn than coffee. However, there’s no danger of that happening at Cup Of Joy, where coffee is taken rather seriously. They don’t believe in Americanos here and will more likely suggest an alternative, which might make you look at filter coffees in a whole new way. They also don’t scald the daily milk they use for the lattés and flat whites they brew. There’s also a full range of machines and paraphernalia for the serious home brewer, from Siphons and the aforementioned Aeropress as well as some pretty fancy looking kettles. Though I might not be able to indulge on a daily basis, there’s now one more reason to visit Bebek regularly.

    Cevdetpaşa Caddesi 53/5, Bebek-Istanbul +90 212 263 0006 / www.cupofjoy.com.tr

  • Karaköy Lokantasi: right atmosphere, right food.

    February 6th, 2012

    THE STAIRWAY TO CULINARY HEAVEN? MAYBE …

    Must admit I’m suffering from a bit of an addiction problem right now. If you follow this site regularly, you might notice I’m drifting a lot towards Karaköy these days. One of the reasons for this begins and ends with my stomach.

    AN INVITING, UNPRETENTIOUS ATMOSPHERE.

    All too often in Istanbul when you find great food you suffer from terrible atmosphere. The inverse is equally true unless you’re willing spend a lot of money. I’m not.

    That’s why Karaköy Lokantasi is something of a revelation. This is a serious eatery with seriously good food and a menu that changes daily. Its blue (a theme color of mine at the moment) tiled walls and crisp white tablecloths are chic yet unpretentious. If you desire, you can enjoy a glass of wine with lunch and expect to pay little more than $20 (US), quite possibly less.  Read More…