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  1. Is there any place in Istanbul that sells American sweet potatoes. I'm jonesing for some turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. I'll settle for just turkey and sweet potatoes though. Otherwise, we'll just have my favorite Persian dish (Fesenjun) on Christmas day.
  2. It could be just a coincidence but I did see a guy walking around Bakirkoy wearing a blue polo shirt with a little american flag on it which is what my dad said he'd sent for my husband along with the docs. Argh.
  3. Ok, thanks a bunch. I'm still hoping it will arrive some time before we leave for Ankara Dec. 14th but I don't think it will since it has been 3 weeks already.
  4. That would be very kind of you jozsika! The customs form number my parents gave me a few days ago is LC978754771US. I'll have to wait until they wake up to see if they have some kind of register or tracking number. Any help would be much appreciated.
  5. My father sent a package priority mail from the US on Nov. 6th. It still hasn't arrived yet! I'm really worried because inside wasn't just a gift shirt for my husband but some really important and sensitive documents we need for my husband's visa interview at the American embassy next month. My father has sent new documents by UPS that arrived, thankfully. But we are still worried about the 1st package that never arrived because in the wrong hands all that info. on my parents could be used for identity theft. I've been to the Bakirkoy PO to complain and both times they say the same thing: "The package hasn't arrived in Turkey." I know that isn't true. The package was sent priority mail meaning that it would have been flown over, not sent by ship and it should have only taken 9 days to arrive according to the USPS. I warned my parents not to send anything regular mail for fear it would be stolen since you can't track the package like you can when you send something by UPS. Plus since there was a nice polo shirt with a little american flag on it for my husband to wear to the interview it looked like there must be something worth taking in the package which worried me and sure enough my fears came true. It's upsetting that my husband's gift was lost but we can accept that. Of course, we have all the documents we will need for the interview now but what will continue to worry my parents and I is if someone uses their information for fraud. Everything a person might need to carry out identity theft was on those documents. Is there some other office you can go to to complain about lost packages? Since it was sent priority mail we only have the US customs form number and no other way to track it.
  6. My husband has his green card interview at the American Embassy in Ankara in December. The interview will be early in the morning so we will travel from Istanbul the day before and stay somewhere overnight. We've never been to Ankara before so I'm wondering where to stay that is both affordable and close to the US embassy. Are there any affordable places to stay that are in close walking distance of the American embassy?
  7. I would like a Hamsi (Anchovy) recipe if anyone has one. How do Turkish people prepare it? I've seen the Misir Unu in the store and want to know what to do with it. Do I dip the Hamsi in egg and then dip it in the Misir Unu and then fry it? Do Turkish people add any kind of herbs or spices to it before frying? And what kind of side dishes would you serve with it?
  8. Does anyone have any recipes that use red lentils/mercimek?
  9. I'm just curious if it is illegal in Turkey to download movies from torrent sites? Do you have to worry about your ISP being tracked when you download and your internet service being cut off? Just curious if it is strict here like it is in Germany and the US.
  10. Oooohh. Thanks Debbie. I absolutely love them but never even knew what they were called in order to look for recipes. I would just see them at the fish markets and run to eat them. Congratulations, you are now my new favorite member on this site. I will save trying to make Midye Dolmasi myself until I move stateside where I probably wouldn't be able to find a place that serves them.
  11. Oooh. I just remembered something I've been meaning to ask: You know the mussels they sell at most fish markets that have the slightly spicy rice mixture inside that they squeeze fresh lemon juice on right before you eat it? What is it called and does anybody have a recipe? I just love them. They go so well with champagne or white wine. yummy.
  12. Karnı yarık/Stuffed Eggplant.I like that the above site spells vegetable with a 'W.'
  13. Jozsika, Is this what you are referring to?: Chicken with walnuts recipe.Everyone is welcome to post pictures or their own recipes... Except of course for you, Screamlead.
  14. That sounds like an std. You can keep the recipe for that. Here's a link to an Iskender recipe: Iskender kabab
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