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Music review: Çiğdem Aslan – A Thousand Cranes

After her critically-acclaimed 2013 debut release Mortissa¸ Çiğdem returns with an inspired follow-up. Her musical cue is again Rebetiko – the shared cultural heritage of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s – but Çiğdem spreads her musical wings in A Thousand Cranes, travelling from Istanbul and Izmir to Greece, the Balkans, and eastern Turkey picking […]

Columnists
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Genco and Nâzım in church
 

On a bitterly cold January evening, I walk with trepidation towards a grand, imposing church. Why trepidation? Because I know the temperature inside this magnificent venue is not going to be that different from the outside; I spent many hours trembling inside Union Chapel attending union meetings. The choice of the venue is perhaps anathema […]

Books
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Review: Turkish Delights by John Gregory-Smith

There are few things that make me more proud of my Turkish heritage than when well-travelled food professionals who’ve eaten their way around a fair bit of the world, with no ancestral ties to the country themselves, declare loud and proud that Turkish cuisine is one of their favourites. Firstly, there’s Allegra McEvedy – a […]

Food & Drink
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Ristorante Frescobaldi

Despite a location with almost no passing footfall and having only been open for two weeks, Frescobaldi was almost full the Saturday lunch time I visited. To launch this first independent UK site, the people behind the centuries-old wine dynasty – Frescobaldi Vini – have partnered with Good Food Society, a new hospitality venture promoted […]