February 02, 2014

İstanbul Hosts International Cat Show

More than 140 felines from various countries across the world displayed their beauties in Istanbul on Saturday. Istanbulites, especially children showed great interest to the event.

Cat lovers across Turkey and Europe came together in Istanbul within the scope of the International Feline Beauty Competition which was organized by World Cat Races Association in cooperation with World Cat Federation. The contest where the most amazing cats of the world displayed their beauties drew great attention.

February 01, 2014

Istanbul’s Kebab Shops Face New Rival

Kebab shops once shaped Istanbul’s dining-out culture, but they are now facing a formidable new rival on their own turf - steak houses.

By focusing on the quality of meat and innovative ways to serve it, steak houses have built a reputation for pleasing both eyes and taste buds - but not wallets.

“The future for kebab and doner shops is not very bright," Ramazan Bingol, the owner of Ramazan Bingol restaurants, told the Anadolu Agency.

"Steak culture is crushing the kebab right now.”

Bingol likened the challenge posed to the arrival of hamburgers and fast food culture into Turkey in the 1980s.

“The hamburger has (now) beaten our traditional food, such as pitta bread and lahmacun,” he said.

(IstanbuliteMag completely disagrees with the statements made in this article)

Read more on World Bulletin: Istanbul’s Kebab Shops Face New Rival

İstanbul’s Mihrimah Sultan Mosque Reopens for Worship

After restorations works, which took two years, Mihrimah Sultan Mosque one of the most magnificent mosques in İstanbul reopened for worship with a ceremony.

The mosque was designed by prominent architect Mimar Sinan and dedicated to Mihrimah Sultan, the doughter of Sultan Suleyman in 1546.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç stated that around TL 8 million was spent for the restoration of the mosque during the opening ceremony. After the ceremony Friday prayer were held. 

Istanbul Has Stolen My Heart: Readers' Feedback

Turkish beaches, Turkish cruises, a trip to Ephesus, even a balloon ride in Cappadocia – I’ve been coaxed by friends, but thus far I’ve resisted with a polite “Tesekkürler”.

Not that I have anything against wind, sand, sun, Byzantine caves under stars, nor the divine Artemis. No, for me it’s far simpler: Istanbul has stolen my heart. Whenever I disembark, I make a dash for the spice market. If my flight is delayed, it means I might just have time to take in the dark cavern of Hagia Sophia, sacred for centuries despite wars and religious change. If I’m really lucky, I’ll sweep down to the underground tunnels to sneak a peek at stony-eyed Medusa.

Then it’s back to see my two favourite shoeshine boys. Their grins are no less cheeky now than the first time they insisted on polishing my tatty trainers.

Read more on The Telegraph: Istanbul Has Stolen My Heart: Readers' Feedback

Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

On a windswept afternoon in mid-December, the writer Orhan Pamuk stood in a leafy square around the corner from Istanbul University, absorbed in a 40-year-old memory. He walked past parked motorcycles, sturdy oaks and a stone fountain, browsing through secondhand books in front of cluttered shops occupying the bottom floors of a quadrangle of pale yellow buildings. Sahaflar Carsisi, Istanbul’s used-book bazaar, has been a magnet for literary types since the Byzantine era.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Pamuk, then an architecture student and aspiring painter with a love for Western literature, would drive from his home across the Golden Horn to shop for Turkish translations of Thomas Mann, André Gide and other European authors. “My father was nice in giving me money, and I would come here on Saturday mornings in his car and fill the trunk with books,” the Nobel Laureate remembered, standing beside a bust of Ybrahim Muteferrika, who printed one of the first books in Turkey — an Arabic-Turkish language dictionary — in 1732. 

Read more on The New York Times: Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul