Matthew on 06/21/2014
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Where to Go: Walking Tours of Istanbul

Anyone who has ever had more than a fleeting interest in Istanbul is probably tired of hearing about how it is the crossroads between East and West. Few places are stuck with such persistent truisms about them as this global city that literally spans two continents. Any visitor to this city will be able to […]


Kate on 11/08/2013
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Notes from the Road: Istanbul’s Farmers Markets

I held up my index finger. “Beer kilo.” Inside, I giggled at how ridiculous I sounded. But the man across the piles of fruits and vegetables from me scooped up golden, ripe apricots and handed me a paper bag overflowing with my favorite fruit. He held up two fingers and said what sounded like “icky” […]


Kate on 10/11/2013
Cuba | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: On Borders

If it weren’t for a contractor a few miles outside the Malaysian city of George Town, in Penang, my friend and I would likely still be wandering around, lost, sweaty, and miserable. He went out of his way to give us a ride, because he realized we were idiots whose Lonely Planet maps were woefully […]


Matthew on 09/03/2013
Bread

Notes from the Kitchen: Bread, Bread, Bread

*This is an original translation of Bread, Bread, Bread by Matthew Lundin of the Armenian-Turkish author Migirdiç Margosyan. The short story originally appeared in the compilation Gavur District as Ekmek, Ekmek, Ekmek. Where we’re from, in Diyarbakir, we eat a lot of bread. Trying to eat food without bread, to try to fill up without eating any, […]


nora on 04/30/2013
Poğaça Turkish Pastry

Recipe: Turkish Poğaça

Poğaça is often described as a savory pastry, dumpling, roll, hand pie, or European empanada of sorts. But only one word best describes these feta and parsley stuffed pockets better than any other — delicious! Like countless other shared material and cultural artifacts of South Eastern Europe, the only practical difference between the Turkish pastry […]


Matthew on 03/18/2013
Keading Bread

Notes from the Kitchen: The Rain in Şişle

*This is an original translation of “The Rain in Şişle” by Matthew Lundin of the Armenian-Turkish author Migirdiç Margosyan. The short story originally appeared in the compilation Gavur District as  şişlede yağmur. Under the drenching rain, listening to Father Movses’ prayers as we sent my mother off to the other side, the other world, I had the […]


WHERE TO GO: BUDAPESTWant to experience European “joie de…

WHERE TO GO: BUDAPEST

Want to experience European “joie de vivre” through an ancient city whose history still feels fresh? Want chocolate and art and history and communism and architecture and vodka and beauty? Visit Budapest! With over 200 museums in a city of barely two million, culture, life, and history seeps from the cracks in the pavement. Check out our latest Where to go guide:

http://www.abbottandwest.com/where-to-go-budapest/


nora on 02/19/2013
Bath House, Budapest

Where to Go: Budapest

Most people I know first experienced awe-inspiring European cityscapes by way of London’s cobblestone streets, Venice’s waterways, or Paris’ winding alleyways. In the summer of 2004 before my senior year in high school, I was determined to learn about European “joie de vivre” through an ancient city whose history still felt fresh. I wanted chocolate […]


nora on 12/19/2012
Turkish Delight

Edible History: The Delight of a Turkish Delicacy

Like many young children, I was first introduced to the magical confection called Turkish Delight through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the inaugural book of the beloved 1940s series The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. In the novel, four siblings are sent to the English countryside for protection during WWII. During their […]