I spy . . . sweet potatoes!

If you are new to Ankara, and American, you are likely having a bit of a mental breakdown this week.  Yes, Thanksgiving is upon us and you don’t know how you will live without sweet potatoes!

Well, feast your eyes on these:

sweet potatoes

The one on the left is an American Sweet Potato!  There are a few places in the city where you can find them.  However, you will pay a price.  I found this one at Dogal Gida Pazari on Bulten Sokak (between Tunali Cad. and Tunus Cad.).  They run 30TL per kilo.  That’s 7TL for one potato.

The one on the right is HOMEGROWN in TURKEY!!!  It is a Turkish tatli patatesi from Hatay.  I’ve had them recently.  They are reddish on the outside but white on the inside.  They are hard to cut, just like an American sweet potato and they cook faster than a white potato, just like an American one.

I liked them and thought the texture and taste were much the same.  So now I have them side-by-side and I will conduct some experiments and let you know how it goes.  But the first test is done . . .

American Sweet Potato – 30TL/kilo
Hatay Tatli Patatesi – 6TL/kilo

Hatay is ahead so far!

Note:  There is a small Hatay market on Kuzgun Sokak at Yesilyurt Sok. in A. Ayranci.  They are looking a bit dry, but still tasted good to me!

Crate & Barrel!!!!!

Crate & Barrel has finally opened in Istanbul!!!

Well, I’m not sure when it actually happened or where it is.  What I do know is that the emails I get from them finally have links so I can shop online!!!

I’m happy!

Hubby?   – probably not as happy as me!!  hahahaha

Here’s the link:


Guess who’s Coming to GOP? Hobi Evi!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking home from the Atakule area, when I decided to stop at the mall in Yukari Ayranci?

What’s that?  You didn’t know there was a mall in Ayranci?  Well, that may be the reason that there aren’t many shops in it.

Ansera Alisveris Merkezi has just a handful of stores, a Migros, and a bunch of offices.

HobiEvi is one of the shops that is leaving.  Sad for me.  But great for her!  They should be popping up in GOP any minute now!

It’s a great little shop with lots of arts & crafts materials.


The owner, Bilge Altinbilek Jordan, is very friendly and her English is great!  In addition to the arts & crafts materials, she carries games, puzzles, models, remote controls cars, and other fun stuff in the store.



She may even carry some Christmas items!


You can check her website for the new location and also to order online.  Below is the current location – if they are still there.  If not, there are a couple of other great shops to check out.  More on those shops coming soon . . .

Ansera Alışveriş Merkezi No:46
Yukari Ayranci, Çankaya – Ankara
Tel: 312-4400001
Faks: 312-4179821

Kızkulesi sok, 19/8, GOP
(behind the never ending hotel, directly accross the Amarillo Grill.) 

Raising Awareness – Turk Kanser

Just a quick post to share -

Last weekend, my husband and I did a 6.2 km run to raise awareness for cancer research.  It was actually open to walkers and bikers too.  There was no cost to join.  There were t-shirts for sale and raffle tickets to purchase – these were really the only fund raisers for cancer research related to the run.

The Umut Koşusu (Hope Run) was held on METU’s campus in Ankara.  There are some great dirt paths on the property.  I went to support my husband and to take photos for a blog.  But as I filmed the participants at the starting line, I started to feel a pang.

You remember, my sister died of cancer.  It was one year ago today that she went into hospice care at home, with me as one of her primary caretakers.



My father-in-law is also now battling the dreaded killer.

So dressed in jeans and carrying a big plastic bag filled with t-shirts, pamphlets, a couple of jackets and a water bottle, and pumped full of coffee, I set out to finish the race.

The first half was all uphill – with one huge hill at about the 3km mark.  And then it was downhill.  I started to jog, then to run!  Run . . .walk . . .run . . . walk.  I felt so proud when I crossed the finish line!

To find out more about the Turk Canser organization, click here.