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It all started with a coincidence… but wait, there is no such thing as coincidence, right? So let me explain how I found myself in Bucharest first. This past summer, we had the privilege of welcoming Andreea Marin, who is apparently quite famous with her TV shows in Romania. A close friend of hers recommended our detox center, Gardens of Babylon Well being Resort, so that is how we met. She was very kind, honest and positive, we had a close bound from day one. We had long conversations about her diet, exercise program and her wellness overall… During one of these conversations, I remember she said ‘You are doing something great. And these words are coming from a woman who is a perfectionist and very honest. We should spread the word and let Romanians know about these stuff!’ I am very grateful because she is actually one of those people who encouraged me to do better… ‘So the next step is, you will come to my new show and we will do something with you.’ I was like ‘OK, me? On a live show? No way…’ but I said that I will do it. So couple months after, completely forgotten that I had given my promise, I got an email from her assistant saying I should be in Bucharest in two weeks, that I will be one of the guests on her Pretuieste Vieta show…
So that is the story actually. I was very busy during my visit- shopping for the food that I would prepare on the show, meeting with Andreea to speak about the content, and shootings. We have done couple shootings which I would share on Facebook when they aired. Here is a shot from the live show;
Like I said, I was so busy the first 3 days, I didn’t have time to explore the city! Although this is my excuse; I had only one free day in Bucharest and I preferred to discover the healthy living spots rather than touristic places. It was my priority because of the increasing Romanian customers we had, I wanted to be able to tell them where to shop, where to eat in Bucharest… So here it is; my couple favorite places that I discovered in Bucharest. My time was limited so I could only visit few places, but this series will likely continue with my next visit and new discoveries.
This is an organic cosmetics and skincare shop, but they also carry organic/ecological household products, soaps and chemical-free perfumes. I loved the place, it was packed with my favorite organic brands like Weleda, Jason, Madara… I also discovered local brands and new brands I have never heard of such as Florascent Perfumeurs, a chemical-free perfume brand. I loved most of the perfumes in the series, they smell natural and very beautiful indeed. You should definitely stop by this place if you decide to detox your bathroom and vanity. I will talk about the importance of organic cosmetics and skincare in another post because it is a very important subject, most people are not aware of the chemicals they put on their bodies. Our skin is our biggest organ so we need to be gentle and try to use natural alternatives as much as possible!
Address: Str. Jules Michelet Nr. 9 (Zona P-ţa Romană / din Magheru / vis-a-vis de Ambasada Marii Britanii)
www.miobio.roTel: 0731 365 816
This is a health food store right in the center of the city (I stayed in Athenee Hilton so it took 3 minutes for me to walk there). It was fully packed with superfoods, alkalinizing grains & seeds, sea vegetables, herbal tea blends, organic skincare, essential oils, supplements, Ayurveda and homeopathic remedies, gluten-free (think Soba noodles) / refined sugar-free products (think raw chocolate made with agave or honey), on and on… I have probably spent there 1.30 hours. I have found some of my favorite food brands there such as Clearspring (organic japanese seaweed, sea vegetables and fermented soy products such as miso), and Yogi Tea… I talk a lot about the benefits of superfoods and sea vegetables in my classes, and customers are always asking me desperately where to find these things.. You just need to know where to look at. I am sure in near future, with a bigger demand, these superfoods can be found in regular supermarkets and shops… Till then, we need stores like Ki-Life, they are probably saving our lives. 🙂
Rawdia became my favorite spot in Bucharest. Why? Because it was packed with yummy smoothies, juices and take-away raw food (snacks, desserts, soups..). I loved the beautifully decorated place, I ordered some coconut cheesecake and it was truly delicious. They served it with cacao nibs and honey. I also bought some raw falafel balls and almond milk smoothie- they were my airport food. Really tasty, and the service was very good, they were really helpful. They also have a small shop which you can find some superfoods. I was very surprised to find Xylitol there- I was searching it for months! Long story short- go there. If the weather is good, they have some tables outside.
A vegan / raw vegan restaurant; this is a place where you can introduce anyone a raw vegan cuisine. The menu is quite good actually, all the cult raw vegan dishes can be found here like zucchini pasta, lasagna, etc. I have tried the zucchini pasta with pesto sauce, it was tremendous. Probably one of the best I have ever had. They also have a small shop fully packed with superfoods, alternative sweeteners, slow juicers, blenders… They also have a good juice menu. If I’d live in Bucharest, I would go there probably several times a week!
My last stop was Bio Fresh. It is a vegetarian / vegan / raw vegan cafe, it has a ‘terrace’ as Romanians say (outdoor dining tables). I was actually shocked when I have seen the menu; it was the biggest menu I have ever seen in a vegetarian / vegan restaurant and so many choices were available, I really couldn’t believe it. It is impossible to order one thing, you suddenly want to order more than 3 things- it is very tempting! I went there full (my mistake but like I said- my time was limited) so I ordered a snack. Raw bread with guacamole- and let me tell you; it was the best raw bread I have ever tasted. No but seriously- I have visited so many raw restaurants in U.S. and never came across something like this. I was also very impressed with the juice menu- I couldn’t even counted how many juices they had. Probably 50 or something! I really recommend this place; it may be a good spot to go with carnivore friends, they also have alcohol so while you enjoy your healthy food, they also won’t feel restricted as there are so many choices.
I have never been this far away from home and it felt good. It is really amazing how you explore the new aspects of yourself when you are out of your comfort zone. I was in Thailand, Koh Samui, for couple days and then in Bangkok. I was really blown away by the culture and the manners… We are in hotel business, so I know the value of a honestly smiling face, it amazed me how everyone (seriously, every one we have seen and met) was amazingly friendly, smiling and respectful. They really deserve and live up to their slogan ‘The Land of Smiles’. The landscape also amazed me everywhere I go. I would probably become a fruitarian if I’d live there. There’s wide and tasty range of tropical fruits, I particularly adored rambutan and longan! Not to forget the coconut water, I drank liters of coconut water instead of water- it is almost identical to our blood plasma, so it is much more hydrating than any other water…
I think photos would tell much more than mere words, so enjoy the photo diary…
The fruit and wheatgrass buffet
We enjoyed a wide variety of healthy Thai food such as mung bean pasta with Thai herbs.
Raw coconut juice is probably my favorite drink ever. It is a shame we don’t have it in Turkey so I always indulge myself with huge amounts when I am abroad.
I am by no means a yogini, but I really enjoy yoga and try my best to do the poses right. I also liked that there was a huge swing on the beach, it was really relaxing.
We had the privilege to eat some very tasty raw foods in different restaurants…
My fruit plate for breakfast
I was surprised to see a quote by Osho on my shopping bag, which I realized when I am back to the hotel… It was really meaningful for me, reminding that I should open my eyes and enjoy the little details of life.
Karma Sutra Cafe, The Fisherman’s Village, Koh Samui
Banyan Tree, Koh Samui
Rambutan, I already miss these a lot!
The Grand Palace, Bangkok
Hope you enjoyed this post, I will be back with informative posts and recipes. Stay tuned!
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Clockwise from top left; Vanda sandals, Hawaianas flip-flops, The Soul of Leadership/Deepak Chopra, Q&A Diary, Whole Foods Incense Holder, Mudo and Oysho straw clutches, Oysho hat, Paper Plane Makeup Bag, Oysho bag, adidas X stella mccartney shoes, Repetto ballets, Zara lace dress, Yargıcı t-shirt. Clockwise from middle left; J Brand and Oysho lace shorts, Anthropologie Beach bag, Chanel and D&G sunglasses cases, Agent Provocateur and Insight bikinis, Lululemon sports bra, Nike reversible running shorts.
Hello all! I will be a on plane tomorrow, heading to Thailand. I decided to write this post as I was organizing and preparing things for my luggage, hope it is helpful for some struggling with packing. I must say, I take LOTS of toiletries, BUT they are all travel size, and what can I say, I became a master at packing after years of experience (I was travelling 4-5 times a year coming back and forth in between London and Istanbul, while I was studying there). However, this is a different experience for me, as I definitely now know what to pack to a detox retreat. Yep, no perfumes, no chemical stuff, no hair straightener, no fuss. I even considered to leave my iPad at home but couldn’t dare. Although I cheated on some things, this is definitely the lightest luggage I have ever prepared for overseas. One medium size luggage and one shoulder bag for the cabin. That is it!
Let’s start with the clothes. You definitely don’t need many clothes for a week, especially for a detox week. Probably you will be walking around with bathrobes, not clothes. So try to take as little as possible. Plus, you will be shopping -that’s for sure. Your destination and weather/season is the most important things to consider when packing clothes (if you are going to Buchinger, in winter time, then definitely you need to take thermal underwear and warm clothes!) Above, you are seeing my choices for travel. Lace dress, ballets & clutch (for fancy dinners -we plan to break our detox in good restaurants in Bangkok); tshirts, shorts & sandals; sports wear & shoes; beachwear, hat, beach bag, sarong, flip-flops & sunglasses. These are more than enough for different ocassions. I also took one self care bag where I carry skincare & bathroom products (breakdown below), a cosmetics & jewelry bag (breakdown below), my iPad (like I said, I couldn’t resist), a book (although I have so many ebooks on my iPad that I haven’t read), my diary and an incense holder. I know. I know it sounds like crazy but I know some people who carry candles & pillows and even satin sheets with them so don’t judge me. I normally don’t take it with me but it really helps to transform the whole hotel room into a cozy place, and helps you to relax.
All these doesn’t even cover half of the medium sized luggage, like I said, no fuss. Apart from what you see here, I also put my DSLR, chargers for iPhone & iPad and that is it.
I normally pack 2-3 small bags for skincare & haircare and makeup products, and this time was no exception. Although I tried to pack as little as possible this time, as I won’t be using loads of stuff and will let my skin breathe. The key is multifunctional products. Skincare, haircare and bathroom products, all fit in one small bag. I have a skincare routine (cleanser, tonic, moisturizer), and I won’t be giving this up for travel that is for sure, so I took all these in travel/sample sizes. The multi purpose queen here is the coconut oil. I use it for hair, body, it is a great cleanser and also moisturizer. A true gem, perfect for travel. Just be sure to pack it safely cause it liquefies. I also put a travel sized face mask for emergency (my skin acts horribly during travel and adapting the weather). Careful with your toothpaste. It really matters a lot if you find a preferably organic, ecological one, simply because one of the greatest absorptions take place under your tongue. It is quite important during detox. As for suncare, I have lots of products because I finish those ones very quickly (you have to apply sunscreen every two hours!). For bathroom, I have organic shampoo & conditioner and a shower gel, all travel size. (I can’t stress enough of the importance of the travel sized products, they simply save my life!) Another thing that is highly important for me is; essential oils. They are great, I call them my medicine. Eucalyptus, tea tree & manuka, and lavender oils are my choices this time. Lavender is great for sleep, I don’t remember any day that this stuff didn’t work. I sleep like a baby. (Couple drops on your wrists or your pillow, and you’re good.) Eucalyptus is amazing when I got cold, get infected, or for a stuffed nose. It is a great antiseptic, really prevented illnesses so many times I think of it as a magical liquid. Tea tree and manuka oil is great for acne. I always get spots during travel so this is a must for me. One last thing to mention here; the perfume oils. They are natural, so they are acceptable to use during detox, directly on skin. I normally use a well-known perfume brand but not on my skin, I spray on to my clothes and hair. I read about it somewhere that spraying those chemical perfumes onto the skin is like spraying those chemical storm directly on your liver. We don’t want that, do we?Bag; Paper Plane. Inside the bag; Hemp scrub mitt, The Body Shop. Headband, Paul&Joe Beauty. Top left to right; Dr. Alkaitis Eye Cream (travel size), rms beauty Coconut oil, Suki Skincare Bio-Active Purifying Face Serum (travel size), Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream, Pangea Organics Face Mask, Kiss My Face Face Factor SPF 50 Sunscreen, Badger Foot Balm, Badger Yoga & Meditation Balm, The Konjac Sponge Co. Green Clay. Middle left to right; Cyrene Aloe Vera Tonic, Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Sensitive Skin Face Normal/Strong Sun, Lulu Organics Hair Powder in Jasmine, Vivasan Tea tree & Manuka Essential Oil, Aisha Lavender Essential Oil, Shiffa Home Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Auric Blends Love Perfume Oil. Bottom left to right; Dr. Hauschka Fortifying Mint Toothpaste, Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen SPF 40, Rare Blossom After Sun Freshener, Hurraw Sun Protection Balm SPF 15, Aubrey Organics Blue Chamomile Shampoo & Rose Mosqueta Conditioner, Red Flower Purifying Body Wash, Kuumba Made Oriental Musk Perfume Oil.
Because I promised myself to let my skin breathe during detox, I won’t be doing makeup like I used to (People know that I won’t get out of the house without concealer and mascara). I tried to pack organic products, which they cover 98% of the bag, but I cheated a little just in case if we have a special occasion. I am proud to say even my mascara is organic (which is not hard to find anymore but this one passed my test).Bag; Oysho. Inside the bag; EcoTools and rms beauty brushes. Top left to right; bareMinerals Mineral Veil Powder (sample size), Jurlique Blemish Cream (tinted), Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Eye Pencil in Dark Wood and Mascara in Black, Sephora Crystal Nail File, Dr. Hauschka Inner Glow Lipstick in Pink Topaz, Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Aurora, Nvey Eco Advanced Care Lip Color in 363, UNE Lip Toned Color L02, rms beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile. Middle left to right; Living Nature Organics Concealer Light, rms beauty Un-Cover Up & Living Luminizer & Lip2Cheek in Promise. Bottom left to right; Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder No.30, Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory, REN Satin Perfection BB Cream, Vapour Organics Atmosphere Luminous Foundation 100, Nvey Eco Lip Lustre in Amour Rose, Vapour Organics Aura Multi Use Stain in Impulse.
One thing that makes me so angry when traveling is the airport food. I never seem to find a healthy option, so I make sure at least I bring some snacks with me. I normally make my own snacks but I didn’t have time, so I took couple things that make me feel full. I also took some supplements with me. They will probably provide us some supplements there but just in case, I bring my own Blue Green Algaes (chlorella, AFA, spirulina), multivitamin and electrolyte/mineral liquid. I swear by CellFood brand, it is really amazing. I also take enzymes with me cause I know that after detox I will be eating and definitely need enzymes to help my digestion. Plus, it is good to take them with cooked food, which is deprived of all live enzymes. (I will be writing more in depth about enzymes, a truly important subject.) Protein Powders, great to make you feel full, and it is easy & quick fix for a meal. I put necessary amount of it into a BPA-free container (BPA-free, another important subject), I will need those when I will be working out. And superfoods- sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and kelp. Those are amazing to make you feel full, and you get your daily Omega-3s and minerals. Lastly, Water Bobble Bottle is essential, it has a built in purifier (I also take the purifier out and use it as a shaker for protein powder – multipurpose!).
We are coming to the end. I only take one shoulder bag with me to the cabin, that’s all. I can’t handle cabin sized baggage, it seems to slow me a lot. I prefer to be as light as possible. I also carry a very small (due to restrictions) cosmetic pouch filled with essential things for the plane. I also carry my hair brush (my hair is very long and it tangles after I sleep on it a long time), snacks & supplements, water bottle, headphones, sunglasses, iPad & notebook, passport (obviously), wallet and keys (don’t forget them!). Simple.Bag; Anthropologie. Top left to right; Women’s Secret Cosmetic Bag, Maine Coast Kelp & Cayenne Granules, CellFood Multivitamin, Vintage pill box, Water Bobble Bottle, Navitas Power Snack. Bottom left to right; Ostfold iPad Case & iPad, Moleskine Notebook, Chloé cardholder/wallet, Prada sunglasses, Molami headphones, Mason Pearson brush.
And the cosmetic pouch I carry in my shoulder bag. Quite probably you are thinking ‘oh my god this girl is really crazy’. But no, I ensure you, I am not. Maybe I am a little bit perfectionist, that is all. And maybe you will thank me after. Anyway. What do I have in there? Sleep mask. That is number one. You cannot have a good sleep without it. I know they give you those on the plane but I want to encourage you to invest in a better mask- because you deserve better. This is the best mask I could find, although they are quite expensive, they really worth every single penny. It is filled with lavender (remember what I said about lavender? Hello, baby sleep.) and the inside part is made with velvet. I also have wipes, mini toilet paper (yes, believe me this is coming from experience), a very mini size essential oil blend for jetlag, band aid, hair ties & stick, blotting papers, hand sanitizer, mini toothpick & brush, some skincare products. I carry a mini bottle of makeup cleanser & cotton to take my makeup off on the plane (I know you are thinking ‘why are you doing makeup anyway?’ but for me, no-makeup is an option for beach only), and an all purpose moisturizer. I use on my face and hands. Blemish gel is also necessary (I am sure you understand that I struggle with an oily face) as well as lip balm as the air in cabin area is awfully drying. Be sure you moisturize your skin well. Don’t forget that your deodorant should be natural too (at least aluminum free). Actually it is better not to use anything, but I know for some people it is not option. Crystal deodorants are my favorite, it has no odor, really keeps you fresh all day.Bag; Women’s Secret. Inside the bag; Holistic Silk Lavender eye mask, Louis Vuitton headband. Top left to right; Organyc Wet Wipes, Solo mini toilet paper, Aromatherapy Personals Jetlag Relief, Bioderma Crealine in Sephora Spray Bottle, organic cotton, Band Aid, hair stick designed and made by my uncle. Middle left to right; Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, Crystal Body Deodorant Stick (travel size), The Crystal Garden Smudge-In Spray, mini toothpick & stick, The Body Shop Tea Tree Blotting Paper, hair ties. Bottom left to rigth; Alba Botanica Natural Acne dote Treatment Gel, Rare Blossom Nail Care Gel, Dessert Essence Blemish Touch Stick Concealer in Light, Hurraw Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm, Weleda Skin Food, Auric Blends Sandalwood Perfume Oil, Samples;Primavera Calming Moisturizer, Pangea Organics Eye Cream, Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer, Giovanni 2chic Hair Potion, Suki Balancing Day Lotion.
Last but not least, I can’t imagine myself going on trip without some jewelry (I think they made an outfit) so here it goes;Bag; Paul & Joe. From bottom left to upwards; Zara earrings; Anthropologie , der liebling, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Whole Foods necklaces; vintage rings; der liebling amethyst bracelet; H&M hair ties.
It’s been a long post! I won’t be here for couple days, but will be back with loads of photos to share with you. Hope that was helpful for some. Of course everyone is different. Take this as my experience/point of view on packing, everyone has different essentials.
See you soon!
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Ecofarm, is a farm where you can buy their organic produce and eat breakfast, in Turgutreis. It is a very good breakfast option, all home made with ingredients coming from the farm. The bread is the best I have eaten in Bodrum, made with sourdough starter. It is a place in harmony with nature, you can see chickens wandering around freely while you are eating you breakfast. Definitely stop by if you are around Turgutreis.
Hayat Café & Bar Brasserie
Another treasure in Gümüşlük. It is opened this summer, in a stone house surrounded with mandarin trees, being managed by the famous journalist Nevin Sungur and her sisters. Hayat, make me feel in love with its decoration first, then with their amazing homemade dishes made with vegetables that they grow in their garden, and with good breads. You can experience a color therapy in this place really. It also has a great breeze non-stop, so you may not want to leave there. During the day, they also have yoga, pilates or similar activities going on.Hayat Café & Bar Brasserie Turgutreis Caddesi No: 47, 48970 Gümüşlük / Bodrum 0252 394 4150
Elani has a great location in one of the most beautiful bays in Bodrum. With a renovated menu, and a good combination of design-comfort-price, it is one of the best places to go in Bodrum. The place has an incredibly relaxing atmosphere and design due to the colors they use, in harmony with the turquoise of the sea and surrounding green of nature. Mediterranean dishes are dominant in the menu, with delicious amuse-bouches and other gourmet flavorful dishes. It is also significant that they have a ‘healthy & happy’ menu, I appreciate that they did not forget about people who care about their health. They have an amazing ‘Sprouted Salad’ made with sprouted sunflower seeds, I really recommend you to taste it. The dessert menu is also very creative. Chef Ali Akbalık creates wonders.Elani Beach Restaurant Gardens of Babylon Well Being Resort, Kadıkalesi Mevkii Gümüşlük 0530 237 19 38 http://oytuncak.wix.com/elani
Zeynep Doğal Ürünler
It won’t be OK if I won’t mention my favorite spice shop in Bodrum. Spice shops have great value in Turkey in my opinion, we are not lucky as Europeans or Americans as they have health food stores every corner. This place is more than a spice shop, I put it in a different category than others because they have a great, well-chosen selection of products in this little shop. The owner, Zeynep Sinem Fidan, a professional and an expert in her subject. Healing plants, very good essential oils, superfoods, various spices, natural clay (coming from east of Turkey), organic tea blends, natural soaps are the main players in this beautiful shop. There is so much more, and while you are shopping, you will also chat with Ms. Fidan and get great recipes. I suggest you to drink their Turkish coffee in their dooryard.Zeynep Doğal Ürünler- Vejetaryan RestaurantTürkkuyusu Caddesi No.16 Bodrum 0252 313 24 02
P.S. This is the translation of the post I wrote for Vogue Turkey Gourmet Blog during July 2013.
Bodrum’da sağlıklı yaşam rotaları (2.Bölüm)
Ecofarm, Turgutreis tarafında yer alan, kahvaltının yanı sıra, organik çiftlik ürünleri almak için uğrayabileceğiniz yer. Kahvaltısı özenle seçilmiş, çiftlikten çıkan malzemelerle yapılıyor. Ekmeği özellikle Bodrum’da yediğim en iyi ekşi mayalı ekmek. Doğayla içiçe bir başka yer, tavuklar ve horozlar siz kahvaltınızı ederken yanınızda kaygısızca dolaşıyorlar. Yolunuz Turgutreis taraflarına düşerse mutlaka uğrayın.Bodrum Ecofarm Gümüşlük Cad. No:111 Turgutreis Bodrum 0536 229 4674
Hayat Café & Bar Brasserie
Gümüşlük’te yer alan bir başka hazine. Mandalina bahçeleri içerisinde bir taş eve kurulan mekan, bu sene açıldı. Gazeteci Nevin Sungur ve kardeşleri tarafından işletiliyor. Hayat, önce beni harika dekorasyonuyla kendisine aşık etti, daha sonra da harika ev yapımı ürünleri, kendi bahçelerinde yetiştirdikleri sebze yemekleriyle, kendi pişirdikleri değişik ekmekleriyle. Mekanın harika renkleri size resmen renk terapisi yapıyor. Harika bir esintiye sahip, gün ortasında bile rahatlıkla yayılabilirsiniz. Gündüz ayrıca pilates, yoga ve bilimum aktivite de yapıyorlar.Turgutreis Caddesi No:47, 48970 Gümüşlük / Bodrum 0252 394 4150
Elani, bana göre Bodrum’un en güzel koylarından birinde yer alıyor. Yenilenen menüsüyle bu sene çok iddialı. Mekan derseniz, tasarım-rahatlık-fiyat açısından Bodrum’un en önde giden restaurantlarından biri. Mekanın inanılmaz rahatlatıcı ve ruhu dinlendirici bir tasarımı var, beyaz ve mavi kullanılan tek renkler, etrafını çevreleyen doğanın yeşili ve denizin turkuaz mavisiyle muhteşem uyum içinde. Menüde akdeniz tatları ağır basıyor. Amouse bouche’ların hepsi ayrı lezzetli, diğer gurme lezzetlerin yanısıra, sağlıklı & mutlu menüsüyle de dikkat çekiyor. Sağlığını düşünen insanları unutmamaları ayrıca takdir edilesi. Ayçekirdeği filizleriyle yapılan harika bir ‘Yeşermiş Salata’ları var, tavsiye ederim. Tatlı menüsü de çok yaratıcı. Şef Ali Akbalık harikalar yaratıyor.
Elani Beach RestaurantGardens of Babylon Well Being Resort Kadıkalesi mevkii Gümüşlük Bodrum 0530 237 19 38
Zeynep Doğal Ürünler
Bodrum’da sağlık rotalarından bahsedip de en sevdiğim aktardan bahsetmesem olmaz. Aktarların benim gözümde değeri çok büyük. Fakat burası için benim için herhangi bir aktardan çok daha fazlası, çünkü çoğu aktar özensiz seçilmiş ürünlerden oluşabiliyor. Burası o yüzden kesinlikle aktar kategorisinden farklı benim gözümde. Sahibi Zeynep Sinem Fidan, bu işi profesyonel yapan, gerçek bir uzman. Şifalı bitkiler, çok iyi marka esansiyel yağlar, ‘superfood’lar yani süperbesinler (arı poleni, ginseng gibi), çeşitli baharatlar, doğal kil (Van’dan geliyor), organik çaylar, doğal sabunlar gibi doğal yaşama dair çok daha fazlası burada mevcut. Alışverişinizi yaparken bir yandan Zeynep Hanım’dan harika tarifler de alıyorsunuz. Avlusunda mutlaka bir kahvelerini için.Türkkuyusu Caddesi No.16 Bodrum 0252 313 24 02
P.S. Bu yazıyı konuk yazar olarak Vogue Gurme Blog için yazmıştım. Buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.
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Selia Artisanal Farmery
Selia Farm is one of the reasons that I am grateful to live in Bodrum. Established, designed and managed by Selva İşmen, you can see and feel that she really thought of every single detail about this place. This is a gourmet wine and olive oil production location. They are also producing amazing goats cheese in a very traditional way, no yeast. I normally don’t eat cheese but I have seen how they are treated and how happy they are, wandering freely. The goats are coming from Switzerland, Saanen, they welcome you while you are going upwards to the wine cellar, very cute and lovely. You will see in their small but fully-packed shop is filled with natural products; coffee & cinnamon homemade soaps, raw sesame seeds, molasses and vinegars made with Zinfandel grapes (Ms. İşmen got the the seeds of these special grapes from Italy), fruit and mastika jams (they have lots of orchards and mastika trees), and of course olives, olive oil and wines. All organic. I think I cannot recommend their black olives enough, they are the best I have ever eaten (this is not easy for me to say as my maternal family has origins in Ayvalık, which is the olive heaven). They made their olives with Himalayan salt- which has a significant importance for me. Their wines made with Zinfandel grapes also become a legend. Wine tasting days can be organized for the groups, they have an amazing cellar. Let’s hear what they say about themselves;
It is our luck that the land has not been used for years; and the mastika tree in the entrance is the sign of this luck. The area is quite famous, it is known to provide very high quality olive oil and the best fruits and veggies to the emperors for centuries. It owes this quality and taste to the Aegean winds carrying the sea salt & minerals and the flower fragrances in soil…Selia, has a vision to carry on this fame furthermore, it has a knowledge about healthy eating has remarkable effects and importance. It is unfortunately limited produce because of the lack of pesticides & herbicides, any chemicals, and being done in traditional ways. Respecting the nature, without doing harm and over-farming, it is in harmony with it.This is a place doing its best for gourmets who want to live healthy and age healthily…’ I can’t describe them better. It is close to the airport so I suggest you to stop by for half an hour.
Selia Artisanal Farming Bağlaryolu No:400 Çömlekçi Bodrum www.selia.com.tr
This is the only place that I couldn’t take a picture of. Kısmet, is a traditional Turkish restaurant, but it is so much more than that. You will understand that the outlook really fools you. Most probably you will eat the best olive oil dishes here. Unexceptionally, everything, everything is very delicious. Even the well known restaurants don’t have this sustainable success, it is quite hard. Everything is local here, they use local ingredients, serve local dishes, very thoughtful. When you see these kinds of surprises in Bodrum, you really feel closer to this place. I say ‘Long live Aegean!’ in my every bite. Dandelion, collards, okra, edible weeds, beetroot, they are all significantly delicious. This is a good place for vegetarians and vegans.Kısmet Lokantası Atatürk Bulvarı No: 35 / A Konacık Bodrum
(0252) 319 0096 www.kismetlokantasi.com
Limon is my favourite place in Bodrum for last 4 years. I claim that this is the best place to watch the sunset. This place is famous with it, people come here just for that. However, the specialty of Limon does not limit itself with a legendary sunset, they also provide you an amazing cuisine. They have a great menu, I think I have tried all of the mezzes, and I enjoyed them all. The ambiance and the atmosphere is great, very relaxing and thoughtful as it has those eye catching details and in harmony with nature. The owner Ms. Candan really thought of every detail, you feel it. I would recommend there to go twice; one for the breakfast- the best presentation, variety, and homemade with good ingredients- and second for the amazing mezzes and main dishes, accompanying sunset.
Limon Gümüşlük Yalı Mevkii no:1,, 48400 Gümüşlük Bodrum 0554 740 6260 www.limongumusluk.com
This place is like a fresh summer breeze grazed through all well known restaurant chains in Yalıkavak Palmarina. Who would want to go the restaurant chains, all have kinda the same menus, in such a special and beautiful place in Bodrum? I wouldn’t. That’s why, Huysuz Aşçı is the only place to go in Yalıkavak area. Think of a menu that consists of all known traditional Turkish homemade dishes, but what they serve is so gourmet and well presented, you are thinking ‘did I order this?’ The presentations are really successful. This is another surprise I encountered in Bodrum. I haven’t had a chance to meet the owner of the place but, I have heard that she is doing this for pleasure not money, and she picks every ingredient herself, getting everything from different areas all around Turkey. She is really in love with her job and I admire such people. Long story short, if you are nearby Yalıkavak, definitely stop by.
P.S. This is the translation of the post I wrote for Vogue Turkey Gourmet Blog during July 2013.
Bodrum’da sağlıklı yaşam rotaları (1.Bölüm)
Selia Artisanal Farmery
Selia Çiftliği, Bodrum’da yaşadığıma şükrettiren, paha biçilmez bir yer. İlk sırayı kesinlikle burası hakediyor. Selva İşmen tarafından tasarlanan, kurulan ve işletilen çiftlik, her bir noktasının uğraşılmış, ince detaylarla işlenmiş olduğunu hissettiriyor. Burası bir gurme şarap, zeytinyağı üretim yeri. Aynı zamanda inanılmaz güzel keçi peynirleri yapıyorlar; tamamen eski üsul, mayasız. İsviçre’den gelen Saanen keçileri, size yol çıkışında karşılıyor, inanılmaz sevimli ve sevecenler. Küçük ama bereketli dükkanlarında başka doğal ürünler de göreceksiniz; kahveli tarçınlı sabunlar, çiğ susam, Zinfandel üzümlerinden yapılan sirke, pekmez, yine çiftlikten bulunan meyve ve damla sakızı ağaçlarından yapılmış reçeller, ve elbette zeytin, zeytinyağı ve şaraplar. Özellikle zeytinlerini sanırım övmekle bitiremem, yediğim en iyi siyah zeytin buradan çıkıyor (ailesi Ayvalık kökenli olan ve her gün ortalama 40 zeytin tüketen biri olarak bunu söylemem gerçekten hiç kolay değil), ve zeytinleri Himalaya tuzuna yatırıyorlar. Bunun değeri benim için çok çok ayrı. Zinfandel üzümünden yapılan şarapları da efsane. Selva Hanım bu üzümlerin fidesini özel olarak İtalya’dan getirmiş. Şarap tadımı günleri de dileyen gruplar için yapılabiliyor, harika bir mahzenleri var. Buyrun bir de kendi ağızlarından onları dinleyelim;
‘Bodrum’un olağanüstü ikliminde, Gökova ve Mandalya körfezleri arasındaki rüzgâr koridoru üzerinde yer alan 165 dönüm arazi üzerinde kurulu aile çiftliğinde geleneksel yöntemlerle hazırlanan lezzetleri Selia markası altında birleştirdik.
Arazinin yıllarca kullanılmamış olması bir şans; girişteki sakız ağacı ise bu şansın işareti. Bölge yüksek kaliteli zeytinyağı ile ünlü ve asırlarca imparatorluk merkezlerine en kaliteli meyve ve sebzeyi yetiştirmekle tanınıyor. Bu kalite ve lezzeti, düzenli esen Ege rüzgârlarının taşıdığı deniz tuzu ve minerallerle topraktaki çiçek kokularına borçlu…
Selia, bölgenin şöhretini bir adım daha ileriye taşımayı hedefleyerek, doğru beslenmenin insan sağlığı üzerindeki öneminin farkında. Tamamen geleneksel usullerle, hiçbir sentetik kimyasal ve ilaç kullanmadan, doğanın kendi dengesi içinde üretim yaptığı için maalesef sınırlı sayıda.
Sağlıklı yasayıp, sağlıklı yaşlanmak isteyen lezzet düşkünleri için en iyisini yapmak gayretinde…’
Bana da başka söyleyecek söz kalmıyor. Havaalanına çok yakın olduğundan, gidişte veya dönüşte mutlaka bir yarım saatinizi ayırıp oraya gitmenizi şiddetle tavsiye ederim.Selia Artisanal Farming Bağlaryolu No:400 Çömlekçi Bodrum www.selia.com.tr
Sizin için fotoğrafını çekemediğim tek yer. Kısmet, bir esnaf lokantası. Fakat bir esnaf lokantasından çok çok daha fazlası. Görünüşün ne kadar aldatıcı olduğunu burada anlıyorsunuz. Burada belki hayatınızda yediğiniz en iyi zeytinyağlıları yiyebilirsiniz. İstisnasız hepsi, altını çiziyorum, hepsi çok başarılı. Çok iyi restorantların bile böyle bir lezzet çizgisini yakalayabilmesi çok zor. Üstüne üstlük hepsi yöresel, heryerde bulamayacağınız, yöreye özel malzemelerle yapılmış yemekler, çok özenli. İnsan Bodrum’da böyle sürprizlerle karşılaşınca buraya daha da bir bağlanıyor. ‘Ege’nin gözünü seveyim!’ her lokmadan sonra burada klasik söylemim haline geldi. Hindibası, karalahanası, bamyası, otları, şevket-i bostanı, pancarı, hepsi ayrı güzel. Vegan ve vejetaryenler için cennet.Kısmet Lokantası Atatürk Bulvarı No: 35 / A Konacık Bodrum
(0252) 319 0096 www.kismetlokantasi.com
Limon, son 4 yıldır benim Bodrum’daki en favori mekanım. İddia ediyorum, Bodrum’da gün batımını izleyebileceğiniz en iyi yer. Buraya sadece günbatımını izlemeye gelenler var. Ama Limon’un özelliği bu efsanevi günbatımıyla kısıtlı kalmıyor, size bir de muhteşem bir mutfak sunuyorlar. Harika bir menüsü var, mezelerin sanırım hepsini denedim, beğenmediğim tek bir tane bile yok. Ambiyansı harika, çok rahatlatıcı, insanı kasmayan, ama ufak detaylarıyla gözünüzü okşayan, ruhunuza iyi gelen bir tarafı var, doğayla içiçe. Sahibi Candan Hanım buranın her bir detayıyla ayrı ayrı uğraşmış, bunu fazlasıyla hissediyorsunuz. Ben en az 2 kere gitmenizi tavsiye edeceğim, biri sabah kahvaltısı için-şimdiye kadar gördüğüm en iyi sunuş, çeşitlilik, ve doğal ev yapımı malzemeleri içeren kahvaltı buraya ait- ikincisi de harika manzarası ve günbatımıyla beraber harika mezeleri ve anayemekleri için.
Limon Gümüşlük Yalı Mevkii no:1,, 48400 Gümüşlük Bodrum 0554 740 6260 www.limongumusluk.com
Burası yenilenen Yalıkavak Palmarina’da onca bilindik marka arasından yüzüne çarpan taze bir yaz esintisi gibi. Kim Bodrum gibi özel ve güzel bir yerde, heryerde zincir haline gelmiş, aşağı yukarı aynı menülere sahip yerlere gitmek ister ki? Ben istemem açıkçası. O yüzden bir arkadaşım tavsiyesiyle gittiğim Huysuz Aşçı, bana göre Yalıkavak’ta yegane gidilmesi gereken yer. Bir menü düşünün ki, hepsi bildiğimiz ev yemekleri, ama önününüze gelen tabak öyle gurme ve özel ki, insana ‘ben bunu mu sipariş ettim’ dedirtiyor. Sunuşlar gerçekten çok başarılı. Bodrum’da yaşadığım bir başka sürpriz daha. Sahibiyle bizzat tanışma şansım olmadı fakat aldığım duyuma göre bu işi para değil keyif için yapan, mutfağına giren her malzemeyi özel olarak seçen ve Türkiye’nin farklı yerlerinden getiren, işine gerçekten aşık bir hanımefendi. İşini böyle iyi yapan insanlara hayranım. Uzun lafın kısası, Yalıkavak yakınlarındaysanız, mutlaka uğrayın.Huysuz Aşçı Yalıkavak Palmarina, Merkez Mahallesi, Çökertme Caddesi Yalıkavak Bodrum
P.S. Bu yazıyı Temmuz 2013’te konuk yazar olarak Vogue Gurme Blog için yazmıştım. Siteye buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.