GastroAntep's opening ceremony featured a sparse number of chairs that were separated in accordance with social distancing measures, and the wearing of masks was enforced. That didn't stop a feast featuring some of the most beloved regional delicacies from being served. Amid the festivities, the elephant in the room was the country's increasingly-dire coronavirus epidemic that has spread to all major cities.
Celebrity cook ‘Salt Bae’ says his US visa application got rejected 9 times, urges fans to ‘never give up’
The internationally famed Turkish cook Nusret Gökçe, also known as "Salt Bae," said in a recent interview with daily Sabah that his application for a U.S. visa got rejected nine times in the past, as he urged his fans to "never give up." "My application for a U.S. visa got rejected nine times in the past. Now when I land, I get personally escorted by CIA and FBI agents to go through customs. So it's really important to never give up and continue to fight," he said.
Only a few weeks ago I was on a gastronomy trip to the Central Anatolian provinces of Nevşehir and Kırşehir with a group of Lebanese food and travel writers and our excellent Turkish guide who curated everything. That trip now is seared in my mind as one of the last I might take for a very long time.