Host: Gulsen

Istanbul, Turkey

USD
$50-$84 per person

Turkish cuisine with an international twist

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Street food tour

Meet Gulsen

Gülşen grew up in Izmir and studied to be a computer engineer. She later moved to the United States to work and stayed for 11 years. During her time in America she missed the tastes of home and decided to teach herself to cook. Now that she's back home in Turkey, Gülşen prepares traditional Turkish dishes with an international twist. She is learning to perfect the classics of Turkish cuisine by collaborating with her neighbor, Sema, who is a highly-skilled, expert home cook. You will get to taste a few of Sema's specialties, too!

Gülşen is a bubbly, passionate host who is excited to share her culinary heritage, as well as a few tips, with guests. When they are available, her sister and brother-in-law might also join you. They also lived in the U.S. for many years and love the opportunity to share their culture with travelers.

"I LOVE to cook, eat and travel. I also enjoy being in nature and spend time with family and friends."

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Gülşen will make you feel right at home in her modern, tastefully decorated apartment. Like many Turkish cooks, Gülşen prepares vegetable-focused meals with minimal meat. Rather than being the focus of the meal, meat is used sparingly to bring flavor to the dishes. She and her neighbor might prepare a variety of dolma (stuffed vegetables, be they grape leaves, peppers or tomatoes), white or brown rice (pilav), a carrot meze, zucchini fritters, çerkez tavuk (Circassian chicken, a meze of shredded, mashed chicken mixed with yogurt and chopped walnuts), babaganoush (roasted, mashed eggplant), Sema's perfectly balanced fava bean paste, and a fresh green salad. Your meal will start with a soup and end with a cup of Turkish coffee or tea and something sweet.

Notes: Like a true Istanbuller, Gülşen has two cats.

Traveler reviews

From the communication before our meeting all the way until I left, Gülşen was incredibly kind and friendly. The food she prepared was scrumptious! There were some Turkish favorites, but she also prepared dishes that had more of an international flavor. Gülşen is very open to meeting new people and has a strong interest in becoming a Traveling Spoon host. - Emma, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Gulsen

$50-$84 USD

per person
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  • Exact pricing depends on experience and will be shown before booking

Meet Gulsen

Gülşen grew up in Izmir and studied to be a computer engineer. She later moved to the United States to work and stayed for 11 years. During her time in America she missed the tastes of home and decided to teach herself to cook. Now that she's back home in Turkey, Gülşen prepares traditional Turkish dishes with an international twist. She is learning to perfect the classics of Turkish cuisine by collaborating with her neighbor, Sema, who is a highly-skilled, expert home cook. You will get to taste a few of Sema's specialties, too!

Gülşen is a bubbly, passionate host who is excited to share her culinary heritage, as well as a few tips, with guests. When they are available, her sister and brother-in-law might also join you. They also lived in the U.S. for many years and love the opportunity to share their culture with travelers.

"I LOVE to cook, eat and travel. I also enjoy being in nature and spend time with family and friends."

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Gülşen will make you feel right at home in her modern, tastefully decorated apartment. Like many Turkish cooks, Gülşen prepares vegetable-focused meals with minimal meat. Rather than being the focus of the meal, meat is used sparingly to bring flavor to the dishes. She and her neighbor might prepare a variety of dolma (stuffed vegetables, be they grape leaves, peppers or tomatoes), white or brown rice (pilav), a carrot meze, zucchini fritters, çerkez tavuk (Circassian chicken, a meze of shredded, mashed chicken mixed with yogurt and chopped walnuts), babaganoush (roasted, mashed eggplant), Sema's perfectly balanced fava bean paste, and a fresh green salad. Your meal will start with a soup and end with a cup of Turkish coffee or tea and something sweet.

Notes: Like a true Istanbuller, Gülşen has two cats.

Traveler reviews

From the communication before our meeting all the way until I left, Gülşen was incredibly kind and friendly. The food she prepared was scrumptious! There were some Turkish favorites, but she also prepared dishes that had more of an international flavor. Gülşen is very open to meeting new people and has a strong interest in becoming a Traveling Spoon host. - Emma, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$84 $62 $50
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-5:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
Host Contact
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  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation