My ‘hood is in the New York Times!

27 Jan

I may or may not have mentioned that we live in the fancy diplomat/ex-pat neighborhood in Ankara- Gaziosmanpaša or G.O.P. as we “locals” call it.  My next-door neighbor is the Turkish foreign minister- think Hilary of Turkey, my backyard neighbor is the US ambassador, and I have already mentioned the Danish ambassador and his dogs on Facebook. 

Well, what I haven’t said is that we are within 1oo yards of Filistin Sokak (Street) which is a lovely collections of delicious food and the ONLY english language bookstore in  Ankara- Bookish.  Clearly they are bored in New York, because last week they did a travel piece on the G.O.P.

I love Kitchenette for all of the reasons they mention.  You could cuddle up on a couch next to the fire with a bloody mary at breakfast and stay all day (and all night).  Bookish is quaint, has a fair selection, and a resident cat.  I’m not sure why, but it carries cheap editions of the classics- think Barnes and Noble sale version instead of nicer versions.  Rafine was the highlight our our anniversary night out in December.  We stopped in for one drink and ended up having a few.  The service was the best I’ve ever experienced and from the hand-cranked shave ice for our drinks to the mezes and turkish delights, the miniature sized bar (4 stools) was bliss.  Balikchoy is supposed to be great, but we haven’t gotten there yet.  We will since it is on our street, about 100 yards away from the apartment and across from the kid’s new favorite park.  We call it Fishtree because of the lighted tree on its patio and its obvious fish theme.  

My ‘hood!!!!  In the Times!!!  The only thing that would make it better would be having you guys here with us to enjoy it. 



One Response to “My ‘hood is in the New York Times!”

  1. jerry estes January 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    good to hear from you…..sounds like fun…Mom’s house burned 1-3….she got out and is fine…living with us for now

    be safe


    ps what is a blog????

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