Thank you to Turkey, a land of great food and equally great people! Thank you especially to Dilara and the friends and colleagues she generously shared with me.
Most mornings, the staff meandered in between nine or ten, save for one exceptional lady named Kamile. An artist who acted as and my translator, she was also the resident lunch bartender. Besides health juices, she concocted house made liquors and jams. The woman is a real artisan. Many afternoons, she would cool me down with tamarind juice. Morning, she’d brew coffee to wake me. In general she was just an overall big boost to my days
Then there was Hassan, a waiter who joked with me about my beer drinking. Night and day he went up and down the stairs carrying big trays of food, his skinny frame balancing these huge plates like they were nothing, periodically motioning with his hands to see if I wanted a drink…thank you Hassan!
My fellow chef Harun Yüce, chef de Cuisine was a total pro. He’d make his mark anywhere, Istanbul, New York… again, anyway.
Gökhan of course who showed me a thing or two about baking bread.
Murat the waiter, who always practiced speaking English "hello, Jeremy, how are you?"
Patty, the Thai chef who whipped me up some great Pad Thai and helped a lot with finding ingredients.
The waitstaff and all those whom I may have forgotten.
But most of all my host and new friend Dilara Erbay without her invitation and help I would never of had such a fabulous adventure. Tesekkür ederim