Category Archives: Shopping

There’s a New Shop in Town: Good Earth

I was strolling through GOP (Gaziosmanpaşa) in Ankara, when I came across this sign:

Good Earth

Good Earth

Good Earth!  A new shop in Ankara!  The name was intriguing, so I ventured in.  The shop was full of gorgeous textiles (kitchen & bath), candles, furniture, and more.  There was even a corner for kids!

They have just opened, so they are still stocking shelves.  Check out the photos:

According to its website, they

celebrate the heritage of the Indian sub-continent and of surrounding areas across Asia by creating unique design stories . . . GOODEARTH is based on values of sustainability.  Sustaining tradition and the ecology is a core value.

Wow!  Environmentally friendly and gorgeous at the same time!  So if you are looking for something to do this weekend in Ankara, shopping for a unique gift, or just out for a stroll, why not check out Good Earth?!  And if you run into Çağkan (the handsome young man in the photos who speaks wonderful English) tell him I sent you!

Photo Courtesy of Good Earth

If you are going:

Address:  Arjantin Cad, No 25

Tel: 0312 467 2000

Website:  www.goodearth.in

BOOKISH Store

A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling home from Gaziosmanpaşa (GOP) in Ankara, along streets I had never walked, when I came across a fabulous find – BOOKISH Store. Obviously a bookstore, but the English name was intriguing so I made my way inside.

Bookish Store

Bookish Store

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My first impression of BOOKISH was “super cute and cozy”.  It was a weekday in the late afternoon so it was not super busy.  It was definitely a place where I would want to spend some time – especially in that big chair in the window next to the cookbooks!

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I headed through the store, past the children’s section, and I started to feel a little strange.  Something was different from other Turkish bookstores.  English books were right up front.

Books for Kids

Books for Kids

I continued around the entire store and back to the front counter where I had a chat with the owner, Hülya Ateş, and her staff.

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Turns out the entire store is full of English books!  Every single title.  In addition, BOOKISH carries a large selection of English language magazines. So whether you are craving a taste of Bon Appetit or living in a 911 & Porsche World, BOOKISH has the magazine for you!

Variety of Magazines

Variety of Magazines

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the staff.  The stop will be celebrating its 3rd birthday in May.  They all speak English and are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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If you are going, tell them you read about it here!

BOOKISH Store
Filistin Sokak No:17/A
Gaziosmanpasa – ANKARA 06700
T: 0312 447 47 34
F: 0312 447 47 24

 

Two Chicks Bakery

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a fellow American expat who has started her own American-style bakery in Ankara.  Not only did I meet her, but I had the chance to taste some of her delicious sweets!

Two Chicks Bakery was established in Ankara last year.   The owners realized that American-style cakes and treats were a huge hit with their friends and family and now share the passion for baking with others here in Ankara.

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Two Chicks Bakery strives to create delicious traditional American- style cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Yes, I said cupcakes!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcake

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcake

Using only original American ingredients taste is paramount when catering to its customers sweet cravings.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

In addition to its menu Two Chicks are happy to bake according to whatever flavor its customers desire. Some of the cakes and treats are also available as gluten and lactose free.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries! Photo courtesy of Two Chicks Bakery

Chocolate Covered Strawberries!
Photo courtesy of Two Chicks Bakery

If you are looking for that extra special treat for your event Two Chicks Bakery has it!  Please call them 24 hours in advance to place your order.

Vanilla Bean Cupcake with a Heart Photo courtesy of Two Chicks Bakery

Vanilla Bean Cupcake with a Heart
Photo courtesy of Bakeitinacake.com

In addition, you will be able to find their baked goodies starting this week at Coccinella (near Atakule).

To place your orders:

Two Chicks Bakery
0541 565 9067
Click here to find them on Facebook
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To find them at Çankaya Coccinella Pasta Evi (Merkez):

Ahmet Mithat Efendi Sokak No:26 06550
http://coccinellapasta.com/TR/belge/1-70/ulasim.html

Limes!!! (or green lemons?)

I have seen limes from time to time in Turkey, but not often. The first time was on vacation at a restaurant in Kas. I hunted them down afterwards and finally found one store selling them. They were imported and extremely expensive.

More recently, I have seen them at specialty shops usually around the holidays.  3 – 4 lira per piece.

Then, a couple of weeks ago a new acquaintance told me a story about how he saw them while he was on vacation.  He actually picked them from a tree! I so wanted to believe that story but I just kept thinking to myself that they were not limes but rather a fruit related to the orange with a green peel that I have seen in local grocery stores.

Well, he was right and I was wrong!

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Yesterday, my husband surprised me with an entire kilo of what the Turks are calling green lemons! They look like limes on the outside.  They look a bit more like lemons on the inside.  But they smell like lime.  I plan on testing them this evening by making of Mexican recipe.

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The costs? Only 4tl per kilo! Go check your local pazar now!

Today is a special day for that acquaintance. I think I will bring him a green lemon!