April 26, 2014

Istanbul. October, 2011

An outdoor dinner at Çiya, one of my favorite restaurants in Istanbul. Located on the Asian side of the city, it specializes in earthy, Anatolian dishes not likely to be found in the fancier restaurants. Seen here, evidence of the Turkish penchant for stuffing: stuffed chard leaves, stuffed peppers, stuffed eggplant. As well as a scoop of acile ezme (a walnut, hot pepper paste, which Nick loves so much that he’s taken it on as his Turkish nickname), some purslane in yogurt and some greens for good measure.

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