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Week #7: A Kaymak made in Heaven

Week number seven was a delicious surprise. This time I decided to stroll down from the Şişhane metro stop towards Karaköy and find a nice breakfast place on my way. When I passed the Galata tower I turned left, because I recalled that I once saw a "Wonka" sign. When I saw a "Wonka" sign again I followed it... However I never actually saw Wonka as I stopped when I saw a nice blue sign saying "Katmer". I've never heard about this place before, but it looked nice and, even though the street I walked was empty, the restaurant seemed quite full...and there was a sign in front of it: "Gün boyunca kahvaltı", which means "Breakfast all day". So I decided to give it a try and am I happy that I did. Thank you, Wonka for bringing me here.

Katmer serves delicious breakfast, also alkaline breakfast and vegan food. Their ingredients come from all over Turkey and are fresh: olives, cheese, honey and kaymak. Their kaymak is amazing! And it goes e…

February Film Festivals

February 2016 is a month for all the film lovers out there. From February 3rd - 10th Istanbul International Short Film Festival will take place and from February 18th - 28th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival will take place. Selected movies from the latter will also be shown in Ankara and Izmir (March 03 - 06).


27. Istanbul International Short Film Festival / 27. İstanbul Uluslararası Kısa Film Festivali


This festival should have take place already in November 2015, howere it has been postponed  to February 3rd - 10th. It will take place in 3 different cultural institues in Beyoğlu, Istanbul: German, French and Italian. Films are divided into 4 categories: fiction, animation, experimental and short documentary. Here is the link to the official page, where you can also see the programme.

P.S.: Admission is free! :)






15. !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival / 15. !f İstanbul Uluslararası Bağımsız Filmler Festivali

(taken from the festival's Facebook page)
!f  Film Festival takes place in 3 different cities in Turkey. The first (and the richest) part of festival takes place in 4 different cinemas in Istanbul. As organizers wrote on the official page, the festival is "dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film". Most movies, presented this year were released in 2015, however this year's festival pays also a small tribute to David Bowie. The !f Special Screening section focuses on Manoel de Oliveira, Kazuo Hara and Adam Curtis.

The festival is not only about watching movies, but also talking about movies. Besides movie screenings, film lovers can also attend workshops, small conversations&interventions and two different parties.

You can find all the details about the festival and screening times here.

P.S.: All the lovers of Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence don't miss movie, which is based on this book, Innocence of Memories.

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