Summer Book Club 2019 – Books Revealed

Each year we pick 6 books to take with us on holiday. We all read the books and select a collective favorite. For 2019 our summer club books are:  

Pop-up Chronicles: AUGUST 14 2016 TURKO-ITALIAN APERITIVOS AT CAFFÈ TORINO/SEATTLE

Email to go out later this week but I wanted to announce here the upcoming event at Caffe Torino of Seattle on August 14th in the afternoon.Unlike the previous events, this is not a dinner instead an experimental afternoon that comes with a small but filling variety of bites (15 or so) where Andrea (owner of … Continue reading Pop-up Chronicles: AUGUST 14 2016 TURKO-ITALIAN APERITIVOS AT CAFFÈ TORINO/SEATTLE

Music Recommendation: Anoushka Shankar/Land of Gold

Anoushka Shankar released an album in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. I listened to the whole album played during a live performance in Seattle a month ago. It was fantastic. I do not want to call it "world music" because I hate the term and because it reveals nothing about the type of music you … Continue reading Music Recommendation: Anoushka Shankar/Land of Gold

Music Recommendation: Minimalist Classical Music

When I was in college I discovered Philip Glass. I spent the four years of college collecting Glass's albums. That was my first introduction to minimalist classic music (although Glass' all music would not qualify as such). I think I spent about a month where I listened to Glass' Solo Piano everyday:   These days, … Continue reading Music Recommendation: Minimalist Classical Music

Teaching and Learning: BUILDING GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: SOTL 2016 Poster

I have been thinking about ways of creating a global classroom: that is a classroom that makes the least amount of assumptions of students background and also a classroom that turns student diversity into an asset. I have prepared a poster for the annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning at University of Washington which was … Continue reading Teaching and Learning: BUILDING GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: SOTL 2016 Poster

Pop-up Chronicles: Tasting Aperitivo Bites for Summer 16 Event

I am going to collaborate with Caffe Torino of Seattle this summer again for an event. We are thinking of an aperitivo evening - a late afternoon event of drinks and bites. We tested some of the combination recipes with the owner of Caffe Torino, Andrea this past weekend.   At the event we try … Continue reading Pop-up Chronicles: Tasting Aperitivo Bites for Summer 16 Event

Pop-up Chronicles: Caffe Torino June 6th Dinner: A Night of Friends, Turkish Food the day before the Turkish elections

This was my second dinner at Caffe Torino located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. This time the task was a bit more challenging - I had to cook for 41 people. In honor of the upcoming elections - I blended the meal with spices arriving from Southeast region of Turkey. The real … Continue reading Pop-up Chronicles: Caffe Torino June 6th Dinner: A Night of Friends, Turkish Food the day before the Turkish elections

Pop-up Chronicles: My First Pop-up (2014)

I cooked my first pop-up dinner in Seattle at Caffe Torino last night. It was an enchanting experience. Even if it is taxing in the body- making and sharing food is exhilarating. The dinner was for 35 people. My friend Ruchika was my sous-chef and helped me throughout the process. The photos are taken by … Continue reading Pop-up Chronicles: My First Pop-up (2014)