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The Food Lab: How to Make Adana Kebabs (Turkish Ground Lamb Kebabs)

I ate a lot of good things when I was in Istanbul last winter—eggs scrambled with tomatoes and chilies, flatbreads topped with cheese and eggs, teeny tiny dumplings served with yogurt and sumac—but kebabs, made with juicy lamb meat molded around flat metal skewers and grilled over live coals were the kind of thing that even at their worst, were still pretty freaking awesome. Here's how to make them at their best. More

Adana Kebabs (Ground Lamb Kebabs)

I ate a lot of good things when I was in Istanbul last winter—eggs scrambled with tomatoes and chilies, flatbreads topped with cheese and eggs, teeny tiny dumplings served with yogurt and sumac—but kebabs, made with juicy lamb meat molded around flat metal skewers and grilled over live coals were the kind of thing that even at their worst, were still pretty freaking awesome. Here's how to make them at their best. More

Snapshots From Turkey: Kenji's Best Bites From Istanbul

Modern Turkish cuisine has the slow-cooked meaty stews and hearty beans of Central Asian and Caucasian cuisine, the warm spices of Middle Eastern cuisine, and the ingredient-forward influence of the Mediterranean, all mixed up and combined with the refined technique of Ottoman and Western European kitchens. The result is a very food-centric culture with a dizzyingly wide range of ingredients, techniques, and flavors. And in Istanbul, you can get a LOT of it. Here are some of the best things I ate. More

Snapshots from Istanbul: Beyond Baklava

Everyone knows baklava, that pastry which layers crispy phyllo dough with a sweet, nutty filling. But most of us know only the traditional variety: rectangular pastries filled with a mixture of almonds and walnuts. Unsurprisingly, since the sweet dates back to at least the 15th century, there are many more varieties than that. More

Snapshots from Turkey: A Two-Continent Walking Tour With Istanbul Eats

What I generally do when visiting a new food city is ask local food writers where the must-eat spots are; or, if I'm really lucky, have one show me around. So if I'd headed to Turkey, I'd probably have asked the folks at Istanbul Eats to give me a little tour. But they're about three steps ahead of me, as they're already in the business of leading small groups to eating destinations: Istanbul Eats Walks. And the day I spent on one of their tours was easily the best eating day I had in Istanbul. More

Daily Slice: Lahmacun in Istanbul

While I prefer the puffy, chewy dough of pide, Turkey's other pizzalike foodstuff, I'm also quite fond of lahmacun. Popular in Istanbul, as it is in much of the Middle East, it's a thin, thin crust topped with minced meat, ground peppers, and herbs, and often spritzed with lemon juice. More

My 16 Favorite Foods in Istanbul

My favorite meat is lamb. My favorite vegetable is eggplant; favorite fruit, pomegranate. Form of carbohydrate? Fresh flatbreads. My favorite food group is dairy; favorite form of dairy, yogurts and fresh cheeses. Favorite way to eat seafood, as simply prepared as possible. And favorite mode of eating? Lots and lots of little bites of things. So I was destined to love eating in Turkey, where I got my fill of all of the above. Here are my 16 favorite foods in Istanbul—any other Turkish food fans out there? More

A Sandwich A Day: Balık Ekmek in Istanbul

One of my favorite things about eating in Istanbul is the preponderance of cheap, awesome seafood. (Apparently, mid-November is a great time for fish-eating. I am happy to time all of my vacations around fish-eating from now on.) And the easiest way to eat said fish is from a street stand—just about every one selling balik ekmek (translating literally to "fish bread": a simple fish sandwich.) More

Daily Slice: Pide in Istanbul

Take an oven-hot pepperoni pizza, but with the edges folded over into a boat-like shape, and the pepperoni swapped out for garlicky, cumin-y sucuk. What you have is a most excellent pide at Şimşek Pide Salonu, one of many fantastic recommendations from the good folks at Istanbul Eats. More

Snapshots from Istanbul: 8 Takes on Turkish Delight

Although it's definitely a tourist magnet, the Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul houses some wonderful sweet shops. You can find many of the common favorites, but Turkish delight, known to the locals as lokum, is the most plentiful find. Check out the slideshow to find out what makes good Turkish delight and to see eight top picks from the variety of flavors. More

In Videos: Istanbul Ice Cream Trickery

Since Turkish ice cream, or dondurma, is much tougher and chewier than American ice cream or gelato, it lends itself well to being stretched and played around with. In this video taken at an ice cream stand in Istanbul, the vendor makes a show while paddling a towering chocolate and nut-covered ice cream cone for his customer by repeatedly taking it away and pretending to let it drop. I'd enjoy this show the first time around, but after a while I could see myself thinking, "Gimmethedamnicecream." Still, after learning about dondurma, my interest in visiting Istanbul has jumped about 500%. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Photo of the Day: Simit Vendor in Istanbul

On her recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey, Umami came across a simit vendor balancing a tall, neat pile of the circular bread on a board with one hand. If only I could come across vendors bearing towering piles of bread on the streets here; I'd be so happy.... More

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