Why celebrate?

Well, yesterday was the anniversary of that magnificent day in July when I was fortunate enough to land this spectacular human being. We were married in a turret of a Crusader castle overlooking the Aegean in the Turkish town of Bodrum… for the history buffs amongst you, Bodrum was the ancient city of Halikarnassos and home to Mausolus’ tomb – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. So there was that – definitely something worth celebrating.

Then, there’s that little something about a book release – it was high time we officially toasted The Emerald Tablet and all who sail in her.

Common theme emerging – yes, Turkey. So where to go, other than our absolute go-to purveyor of the most exquisite contemporary Turkish cuisine this side of the Galata Tower. TulumParrner restaurant – the brainchild of genius chef, and all-round good guy, Coskun Uysal. Sublime.

Thank you, Coskun. You’re my hero. Plus, you have raki. Win-win. Mmm. Aslan süt… aka. ‘Lion’s milk’.

If you find yourself in Melbourne and want to see how exciting contemporary Turkish cuisine can be (not a kebab to be seen!), you HAVE to pay this place a visit. As raved about by Nigella Lawson on her last visit to the city.

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