The fall might as well be renamed pumpkin season in AmerIca. On the Jewish calendar, it starts earlier and runs longer with dishes like Turkish pumpkin feta triangles.
Despite a Jewish population of nearly 20,000, there is one lone kosher restaurant, Lokanta Levi, in Istanbul. Although it is adjacent to the Spice Market, its location is discreet and difficult to stumble upon, and it has an almost clandestine feel. The Muslim chef who was trained by his Jewish predecessor serves Sephardic-Turkish specialties like spinach “flan,” stuffed artichoke bottoms, and tender stewed meats in the intimate restaurant that overlooks the Bosporus.
Turkish Leek Croquettes
Turkish Rosh Hashanah Pumpkin Bread