Another Warning from U.S. Embassy for Malatya Area

Embassy of the United States of America

Ankara, Turkey

July 19, 2014

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

Potential Terrorist Acts in Malatya

The United States Embassy has become aware of information that westerners in Malatya, Turkey may be targets for potential terrorist acts. The threat extends to their places of work as well as their hotels.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to communicate with you or your designated contact in case of emergency.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or a regular toll line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the Country Specific Information for Turkey, current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey:

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131.

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at 2 Uçsehitler Sokaği, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, tel: (90)(212) 335-9000, fax (90)(212) 335-9102.

The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at 212 Girne Bulvarıı, Güzelevler Mahallesi, Yüreğir, tel: (90)(322) 346-6262, fax (90)(322) 346-7916.

The Consular Agency in Izmir can be reached at tel: (90)(232) 464-8755, fax (90)(232) 464-8916.

Security Warning from US Embassy – Avoid Tunali this afternoon

Embassy of the United States of America

Ankara, Turkey

 July 18, 2014

 Emergency Security Message for U.S. Citizens

 Demonstrations

Authorities anticipate possible demonstrations on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in the capital city of Ankara from approximately 1:30 to 3 PM today.  Please avoid the area during those times and exercise caution.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens and nationals traveling to or residing in Turkey enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to communicate with you or your designated contact in case of emergency.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or a regular toll line at +1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the Country Specific Information for Turkey, current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey:

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is located at 110 Ataturk Boulevard, tel: (90)(312) 455-5555, fax (90)(312) 468-6131.

The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul is located at 2 Uçsehitler Sokaği, 34460, Istinye, Sariyer, tel: (90)(212) 335-9000, fax (90)(212) 335-9102.

The U.S. Consulate in Adana is located at 212 Girne Bulvarıı, Güzelevler Mahallesi, Yüreğir, tel: (90)(322) 346-6262, fax (90)(322) 346-7916.

The Consular Agency in Izmir can be reached at tel: (90)(232) 464-8755, fax (90)(232) 464-8916.

 

Terry’s Turkish Carrot Salad – Yoğurtlu Havuç Salatası

I LOVE this salad so I am naming it after myself!  Strange, because I am not the biggest fan of just eating a carrot.  It was not until recent years that I would eat a whole carrot, having made my way up from those cute little baby carrots!  In fact, I never ate plain yogurt either, until I met my husband who actually makes his own!

What makes this salad really special to me is the addition of fresh dill, and not just a little either!  I chop a lot of it and sprinkle it in!  Before this, I only used dill on salmon!

The salad is lovely served with any meat.  I also eat it alone.  Today I had it for lunch with olive bread.  In Turkey, it is usually served at places where one goes to drink and eaten while drinking Rakı, a Turkish anise-flavored alcohol similar to Ouzo or Sambuca.

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The recipe is simple.  Having reviewed a few other recipes online, I find A Seasonal Cook in Turkey‘s technique to be the best method for me.  She cooks the shredded carrot over low heat and does not cover it with a lid.  I completely agree with this because most at-home cooks have a tendency to walk away from the stove.  You want to see the carrots cooking and “sweat” the carrots, not brown them.

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey is one of my go-to blogs for Turkish cooking. Another favorite is My Traveling Joys (formerly My Turkish Joys). Both authors seem to understand my love, fears, and frustrations as a foreigner cooking here!  Another favorite is Ozlem’s Turkish Table.  She is a Turk who has lived abroad and can easily explain the similarities and differences of Turkish cooking.  A big bonus is they all have step-by-step instructions and fabulous photos.

For this recipe, I followed the ingredients of the recipe from Almost Turkish Recipes and as I mentioned, the technique from A Seasonal Cook.

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As with many of my recipes, the amount of ingredients do not matter!!  Add more or less of what you like or don’t like!

Terry’s Turkish Carrot Salad

Yoğurtlu Havuç Salatası

serves 2 to 3 people

4 cups of grated carrot
1 cup plain yogurt (Greek style in the U.S. is perfect for this)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
salt
1 Tbsp mayonnaise (optional)

  • Heat oil in a skillet and add grated carrots.

  • Cook on low heat.  Stir frequently until carrots are wilted, but be careful not to brown them.

  • Turn off heat.  You may continue to sweat the carrots at this point by covering with a lid.

  • Place carrots in a bowl with yogurt, garlic, dill, and salt. Mix well.

  • Serve with crusty bread or with any kind of meat.

Adapted from Almost Turkish Recipes and A Seasonal Cook in Turkey

Afiyet Olsun!!!

Ramadan

Ramadan (Ramazan) has begun in Turkey.  Below are a couple of great blog posts about Ramadan, travel in Turkey during Ramadan, and tips on what you can do to support our Muslim friends who are fasting during this time.

Ramazan in Turkey 2014 – by Earth Laughs in Flowers

Turkey During Ramadan – by Far from the Sticks