Salih Seckin Sevinc, People's Istanbul
- 20.06.2014 05:51:41
[caption id="attachment_816" align="alignleft" width="200"] Salih Seçkin Sevinç[/caption] Salih Seçkin Sevinç, 35 Social Media Consultant, Writer 1. Can you tell about the first memories you have in Istanbul? Were you born in here or came after? I was born in Istanbul. My ancestors not. First memories I have in Istanbul was in Şişhane. 30 years ago... We were living in a huge building with a huge family. Now that building is a hotel with a restaurant/night club under it. There was a ramp going down towards the Beyoglu Municipality Building. Me and my cousins were making our wooden go-cart kind of cars at those days and sliding down the road. Nice memory to remember. 2. Share your best suggestions on where to go to a dinner especially for the Turkish tastes? Istanbul gives you a good variety of eating experience depending on your mood and budget. In the center, I am a local eating guy -as you know I run Harbiyiyorum.com- but at the sides I want to go places for fine dining and indulge myself with quality wine and champagne. For local food; Kebaps, Tripe Soup, Kokoreç, Meatballs are always in my routine. I can recommend many places as I am writing on food. You can check my website, it's in Turkish though. For Turkish tastes and a real Turkish dinner experience one should go to a "Meyhane". If you have questions to get answered. Meze and Rakı is the solution for all human beings in the world. I really mean it. That's a different magic. My favorite Meyhanes are Cavit - Beyoğlu, Giritli - Sultanahmet, Agora Meyhanesi - Balat. 3. What's your favorite way to spend a rainy day in Istanbul? Staying in my home and writing. I like rainy days but I don't like to get wet though. A warm cafe with a Turkish Coffee works good also. 4. What about the day you cant forget in Istanbul? My graduation ball night. That was also the day that I asked my wife "Will you marry me?" 5. Tell us about your secret places or just one hidden gem in Istanbul? Anadolu Hisari is still a hidden gem. Gives you full of joy. Fener-Balat is a region with it's own texture and rythm. A mystic place to be. With the internet revolution I don't think that there are any hidden gems left at all. But I'll give you a clue for a street food fun. Çiğ Köfteci Ali Usta. Go and google it. 6. The music. What can you tell about the places you go to listen quality music as your choices? In Kadikoy, Shaft for blues and rock. In Beyoğlu, Hayal Kahvesi for the famous Turkish bands and jam sessions. Also I track the Harbiye Açık Hava Tiyatrosu Concerts in summer. 7. How would you spend an ideal Sunday in Istanbul? Just to stay at home or you like to step outside? In the weekdays I am mostly out for dinners and events. So Sunday is the time for resting and spending a full day with the family. A classic day for me. I want to keep it that way. If we are bored staingat home then we go outside for a walk to Caddebostan Sahili. Ice Cream, Cheesecake, Tea and Coffee are our rituals for Sundays. Oh and also homemade meals from the hands of my lovely wife. 8. Whats the most funny experience you had in public? I was riding a bicycle in a speed and suddenly I saw a cat and pushed the breaks harshly. It made the back of the bicycle go up. I was facing down the asphalt and I thought that I was going to hit the road. But suddenly - I will never explain how - while I was facing the road in 90 degrees, the biycle rotated 180 degrees on it's front wheel and the rear wheel hit the road back again. I was in balance. Nothing happened. I started pedalling again as if nothing happened. But I was really shocked. There were people around at that moment. They saw that action and they were also panicked like me. After all they thought me that I was an acrobat or something and they started to applause after all. 9. Is there any chance to avoid the noise of this city without going out of it? Any silence places to hide? You'll find a lot of silent places in weekdays. Balat Caddebostan Sahili is my favorite. My temple. Go for a sunbath. Go for a picnic. Go for a beer. Go for sports. Whatever. The best place for me to be in weekdays. Probably I'll go there after I'll finish the interview. 10. After all, what can you tell about this city to a complete stranger? If there is a term for Istanbul that you can name it, then it should be "Western Oriental" Try to not to understand the city. Try to live it. Americans do this well. I suggest this to Europeans as well.