I once created a cooking class, called 'Zen in the Kitchen'. Then wrote a book called the same. Then started the group with that name and the blog came after. All this happened in Turkish. Now is the time for the English version of it. Let's see what will cook here!

Saturday, June 16, 2007


It's summer time. Working people are planning for their holidays. Ayvalik is in so many people's list, because of it's waters, food, history... Ayvalik market is a must to see. The weekly farmers' market.

This is one of my favorite sweets, special to Ayvalik. It's called 'lor tatlisi', sweets made with ricotta style Turkish 'lor' cheese. Güler Pastanesi is the place to have them, especially with their mastic icecream.

Ayvalik has so many specialties. The seafood, olives, oliveoil, cheeses, special toasted bread filled with cheese, tomatoes and cold cuts if you prefer, called 'Ayvalik tostu'. If you'll ever visit Ayvalik, I'm sure you'll taste them all.


Ayvalik Holiday House, Turkey said...

Hi Tijen,
I have come across your blog with interest. My wife Shelagh and I have been living in Ayvalik for the last two years. If you ever come across to this side of the world please say "Hello" to us.

Tijen said...

Hello Ergin,
I will definitely stop by. I looked at your place and it looks like heaven, how can I miss it?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Ayvalik looks really beautiful, great and calm! Just what I would need...
This sweet treat makes my mouth water! Yum!

The Culinary Chase said...

Great photo's! Lor tatlisi looks quite yummy! Cheers!

Isil Simsek said...

you rock ; ) check it out http://veggieway.blogspot.com/2007/07/dear-amy-aka-crunchy-domestic-goddess.html