Türlü Türlü (A little of this and a little of that)

Marina Apart Otel

Marmaris, Turkey

Iyi Geceler,

This email is Türlü Türlü,

Ru

Formerly of DoraMac

I just learned a new Turkish word: tὕrlὕ tὕrlὕ which can mean ‘a little of this and a little of that.’ In the Philippines there was a wonderful dessert called Halo Halo which mean ‘a little of this and little of that.’ I don’t think tὕrlὕ tὕrlὕ is any kind of Turkish dessert but I’ll have to see if something similar exists.

We are revisiting the Yılmaz İskender so I can showcase the man who actually is responsible for the wonderful food they serve. He was moving so fast our first visit my photo of him was too fuzzy, a disappointment to both him and me. As we eat there at least 2 or 3 times each week it was easy enough to take another photo.

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The hand is quicker than the camera. No frozen anything slapped on the grill: here it’s all from scratch! Slices are shaved from the grilled chicken and lamb rotisseries for many of the dishes. Roanoke needs this!

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The giant cheese, mushroom, tomato omelet with the basket of bread was for me! All of it!!! I ate the cucumber and tomato and 2/3 of the omelet. Ben çok doluydu. I was very full!!!

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Jane hosted some of the ladies for dinner because Colin wanted to treat us. She and Coni were doing a strange dance trying not to block each other in the photo. Grace and Gwen watch the antics. You can see the blue stack of the huge Thompson cruise ship in the backside of A Dock.

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Coni has the most amazing T-shirt collection. Popeye with bling!

In 2013, our first year in Netsel (second time in Marmaris) we sort of met Susie and Dave. Well Susie anyway. We were berthed quay-side just near the marina entrance and restaurant row I was out hanging laundry for everyone to see. Susie and a friend walked by. We made enough of a memorable contact that our next meeting reminded both of us of the laundry! That meeting was in Nisyros, Greece where Susie and David caught our lines when we pulled up to the town dock. We were very new to Med mooring so that was very helpful. Susie and David live near London so we exchanged cards thinking to meet up and lo and behold, they came to visit us at St Katherine’s Dock. They time-share ownership of a sailboat and were cruising near the Marmaris area when recent rough weather brought them into Netsel for the night. They were pulled up at the fuel dock when David noticed our boat and came to say hello. We were invited to their boat for drinks and meet their longtime friends Anne and Piero who had joined them for some sailing.

We had a very lovely time during which I had my first Pimm’s # 1. Quite good I must say. I had 2 small glasses and could walk and talk afterwards so it’s not so strong….? Not totally unlike Sangria only better I think.

“Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur, is named after James Pimm, the bar owner who created it in the mid 1800s. By the 1860s, it was bottled. Why “No. 1”? Well, at one point, there were other “cups,” numbered 2 through 6, based on brandy, rum and other spirits.

But the No. 1, a reddish tonic with citrusy and bitter notes, has always been the star, and it is not quite like anything else on the shelf. Over the years, it has developed a reputation as a quintessentially British refresher, consumed in ungodly amounts every year at Wimbledon.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/dining/the-pimms-cup-grows-in-popularity-as-a-summer-cocktail.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/10914086/How-to-make-the-perfect-Pimms.html

We made a plan to meet at 9:30 next morning at Kahve Dünyası before they left the next day to continue their sailing in what was to be better weather.

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Randal Susie and Dave who was game enough to try a mug of Salep at my recommendation.

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Piero and Ann ( I am hopefully spelling his name anywhere near what it really is )

update

May 24, 2015

Marina Apart Otel

Marmaris, Turkey

Günaydın,

     On the 21st Randal and I moved off DoraMac to the small hotel near the marina.  We return each day to clean and get her in shipshape for Claes and Bertha who will arrive on June 1st.  They are the new owners of DoraMac.  She will definitely be in good hands for the next adventure in her life.

Ru

DoraMac

Flowers for Colin

B Dock Netsel Marina

Marmaris, Turkey

Merhaba

     We had a memorial Happy Hour for our friend Colin.  Then we all attended his funeral in the Iҫmeler cemetery.  This past Saturday was the day to make his grave into a garden. 

Ru

DoraMac

Flowers for Colin

Friday Jane and Coni had biked to the big nursery just near the amphitheater not far from the Thursday market.  Jane selected a variety of plants for Colin’s grave and the very kind owners delivered all of the plants to the marina.  On Saturday I joined Jane and Coni for a trip to the cemetery to plant everything.  When you visit Colin you can see the lovely garden Jane has made for him. 

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The Iҫmeler Cemetery just off the old Datҫa Road.

The driveway is just a bit further and there’s a road up to the higher part where the non-Turks are buried.  I can’t call those buried here foreigners as all had chosen to make Turkey their home. 

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The rock garden at one end was created when we cleared the soil for the plants.

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The plastic containers and the white stones were reused to decorate around the roses and to hold some of the plants.  The containers had held a display from Colin’s sister April and her sons James and Robin.  Other notes and ribbons from bouquets were also arranged among the plants. 

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There are 3 rose bushes and on the center one is a Valentine’s card Jane had made for Colin years ago.  He’d saved it. 

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Yılmaz İskender for the best Lahmacun lunch! Or maybe an Omelet or lamb wrap.

Merhaba,

   It’s a lovely time in Marmaris.  The sun shines every day, but the blazing heat hasn’t yet arrived.  Our days our definitely winding down here.  We left the boat yard in China in June of 2007 so it’s fitting that we leave DoraMac again in June. 

    This is another “food” email mostly about my new favorite food –  lahmacun.  Oddly, I think my first one was in London!  But I’ve just recently gotten hooked on them because of the very light crispy crust and the great greens that are served with them here in Turkey.   Roket/arugula is also a favorite and the markets are booming with it now as the real fruit and veggie season is in full swing. 

Ru

DoraMac

Yılmaz İskender for the best Lahmacun lunch! Or maybe an Omelet or lamb wrap.

We eat lunch in town just about every day so have become ‘regulars’ in several of the local places away from the more touristy waterfront.  One of our newer favorites is Yılmaz İskender.   The food is really good and the prices are pretty unbeatable.

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Cape Cod Coni put us on to this place as her favorite for take away wraps.  Randal and I often stroll over for lunch.  Lamb wraps, hamburgers with real French fries, lots of salad greens and the biggest omelet in Marmaris with lots of salad and fries!  I do mean the biggest that falls off the edge of the plate.

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The restaurant’s  Master of Ceremonies!         And the guys who make the food so good.

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My new favorite is the lahmacun  with a plate of arugula (roket) cucumber, tomato, parsley and lemon.

The photo on the left gives you a better idea of the size where the one on the right looks as huge as the table.  I like the flavor and crispiness but the salad stuff just clinches it for me.

“This Middle Eastern countries are no strangers to versions of pizza and this one is commonly found in Turkey.  The paper-thin lahmacun  is a popular lunch time snack.  Lemon is liberally squeezed over and then it is rolled up with sliced tomatoes and parsley. “  Secrets of the Turkish Kitchen by Angie Mitchell Sunkur       The crust is paper thin which makes it so good and the lamb is a spicy kick to it.  I can eat the entire plateful and not feel stuffed.  I totally prefer this to even thin crust pizza and I definitely don’t miss the cheese.  I’d like it with garlic, olive oil and lamb too! 

Yılmaz translates to Indomitable.  Iskender is a Turkish dish which I just learned was named for its originator Iskender Efendi.  Iskender was our friend Ed’s favorite dish.  I prefer the lamb wraps which aren’t quite so huge or drenched in butter. 

“ İskender kebap is one of the most famous meat foods of northwestern Turkey and takes its name from its inventor, İskender Efendi, who lived in Bursa in the late 19th century.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0skender_kebap

“It is basically pide bread cut into small pieces, topped with thin slices of döner meat, tomato sauce garnished with yogurt and pickled or grilled green pepper — and the taste enhancer of all, hot melted butter poured on top of everything before eating. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?”  http://www.todayszaman.com/expat-zone_iskender-is-the-kebab-i-seek_153682.html

http://videosofturkey.com/video_details.asp?id=291  Iskender Kebap (Doner Kebap), was introduced by Iskender Efendi (1848-1934) in Bursa in 1860s. He started roasting the lamb, which had been cooked parallel to a fire on the ground for centuries, on a large vertical spit.

These famous Turkish restaurants (original ones) serve with 3 restaurants in Bursa and Istanbul (Kadikoy)

Not Girl Scout Cookies or school candy bars….

Hi Everyone,

Some of you have met my nephew Andrew or read about him when he came to London and stayed with Randal and me on DoraMac. He teaches design and is a designer/maker. http://www.andrew-dahlgren.com/ is his website and you can watch the TED talk he gave recently in Philadelphia. Very interesting (and I’m not just being a biased aunt.) He is trying to compete for a grant and needs some votes. If you have facebook it’s simple. You just click on the link below and then vote for Andrew.

Thanks for thinking about it and double thanks if you vote.

Ru

From Andrew:

“Hello! I have entered the Chase Mission Main Street Grant competition to win $100,000! To make it to the juried round I need 250 votes by June 18.

Please follow this link —

https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/19485 — and vote for me!

To vote you need a Facebook account. So please repost and share the link with friends and family.

The application process required me to respond to five questions about my business. Only the jury will see the answers. However I thought it would be helpful to share how I would use the grant if I won it.

The majority of the grant funds will be used to purchase a Stoll industrial scale automated knitting machine, one of the world’s most advanced knitting machines. The next largest amount of the grant funding will be used to establish an apprenticeship program to train people to use both manual and automated knitting machines. The training program will consist of a six month paid apprenticeship for two people. The training will cover all steps of the knitting based manufacturing process – from understanding knitted textile structures to learning Stoll software to running and maintaining the knitting machines to garment assembly. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program the new trainees will be promoted to creative technicians to run equipment on a daily basis. The investment in technology and onsite workforce development will instantly allow my company to take on a new scale of orders that I haven’t been able to manage with my existing technology and time limitations. This will take our existing technology, skilled workers, and design to a new level of both profitability and impact. This growth will be replicated over time by continuing to invest in technology, new apprentices, and expanding our in-house design offerings.

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"Home is the sailor home from the sea." Good-bye to Colin, Mayor of the Netsel Marina

B Dock  Netsel Marina

Marmaris Turkey

“Home is the sailor home from the sea.”  Good-bye to Colin, Mayor of the Netsel Marina

“Under the wide and starry sky,

Dig me a grave, there let me lie,

Glad did I live and gladly I die,

And I laid me down with a will,

And this be the verse that you ‘grave for me:

Here he’s at rest where he wanted to be,

Home is the sailor home from sea, and the hunter home from the hill.

Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone’s friend Colin died today.

We called him The Mayor because he helped with so many of the marina activities. He previewed and then showed the Monday night movies.  He hosted the Monday morning cruisers’ radio NET always starting off with ‘Monday Monday’  so that once when he didn’t,  everyone let him know!  Colin initiated the morning coffee ‘social’ at Khave Dünyası and everyone was welcome; cruisers, townies, a visiting  Middle East princess, a seasonal hotel worker from Moldova.  And he remembered names no matter what language they were in.  He was a helping hand when people needed it. 

Colin has ‘gone home from the sea’ and Netsel Marina is filled with sadness.  

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Colin and his wife Jane at Christmas 2014

Ru

DoraMac

Painting at the Dog Shelter

B Dock Netsel Marina

Marmaris, Turkey

Merhaba,

     Our time on DoraMac is growing very short; but there’s still time for an adventure or two.  This past Saturday I went to help at the Dog Shelter which I’d never done before.  Wednesday I’m going with Coni and another Ruth to the Movie Theater to see The Second Best Marigold Hotel. In our 3 visits to Marmaris, I’ve never been to the Movie Theater.   I saw the first Marigold Hotel on the plane from somewhere to somewhere.

      Today Randal and I bought two more huge suitcases to pack up books, clothes, art supplies, more books and a few souvenirs that we’ve collected over the years. Pretty much everything else is staying aboard.  Towards the end of the month we’ll take all of our stuff and move to an apartment and then give the boat a good cleaning for when Claes and Bertha return June 1st for a crash course in “DoraMac.”  We are in the process of turning over ownership of DoraMac and when the final i is dotted and t crossed I’ll  let everyone know. 

Ru

DoraMac

Painting at the Dog Shelter

      Several of the cruisers donate their time to the dog shelter.  I don’t go because I just know I’d end up with a dozen dogs and that would not be good.  So Randal and I just donate money to the shelter and to several folks feeding the homeless dogs and cats around town.  But this past Saturday I did go with Maryam and Eva to help paint at the shelter.  We thought we’d be painting the walls in some of the buildings at the complex.  But that wasn’t the case.  We were to do decorative painting!  I think I still have some blue paint in my hair and yellow on my hands, but everything that needed painting was painted.   And in this warm, dry time of year the shelter is at its best with the dogs free to roam around the grounds, warm and safe and dry.  The dogs didn’t seem sad; but you could tell they all wanted to be someone’s.  I really wish people had to take a test before they could own a pet and prove they were worthy. 

http://www.marmarisanimalwelfare.com/  is the website for the shelter

https://www.facebook.com/marmarisanimalwelfare is the facebook page

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http://gayeturkel.blogspot.com.tr/p/night-club-bar-wall-paintings.html  is a link to Gaye Tὕrkel’s website and some of her artwork. 

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The event officially began at 2 pm, but several of the volunteers were already there when we aarrived about 1:30.

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Coffee, tea and snacks were sold to raise funds for the shelter. Lovely decorated cookies too cute to eat!

I bought two slices of wonderful coffee cake to take home.

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Maryam in the white hat and Eva in the peach shirt were painting one of the dog houses.

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Maryam works on the stone wall of the dog enclosure.

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The artist Gaye Tὕrkel guided the artists as they painted and she also added the more decorative touches.

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Unfortunately I was sort of on my own……

My creation with lots of encouragement and some “help” from other folks.  One of the men had started this by painting the roof two shades of blue saying it was supposed to be sky.  He said I should finish it and add clouds.  The clouds (lighter blue paint) just made it look like the roof was half finished.  So then we found some dull yellow and I painted what was supposed to be a sun.  Then I added grass and flowers. 

Then the heart.  Then the I  and   Dogs.