What’s Your Background? Part-Rye, Part-Focaccia. All Organic.

Ankara - Ekmekistan

I love bread.  Sure, there are a couple of notable exceptions- you are nasty, and most of you shouldn’t exist– but as long as there’s a liter or six of extra virgin olive oil around, or even an oven, I will continue to be perched atop a carbohydrate’s most wanted list.

In enters Ankara, Turkey, where I found the “ekmekistan” brand of bakeriesEkmek signifies bread, and -stan alludes to country, nation and/or land of.  They can get away with it, but a Breadistan opening in the US might offend half of the country.  That is, before it’s been established that it doesn’t exist on a map.

Turkey on the whole is not simply a great place for eating, but it’s also an underrated haven of bread buffs.  Bread is such an integral part of Turkish life that an article was written about it a few years ago.  For an English-language website about Turkish news.  Based in Turkey.  so…who’s hungry?


Does this sound like a brilliant place to raise a child or what?

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8 Responses to What’s Your Background? Part-Rye, Part-Focaccia. All Organic.

  1. I love bread but I have problems with finding the one I like – best one I ate in my own country – crunchy outside, so soft and warm inside. Second one is French stick bread and HK style of pastry, the worst one I ever ate is American tost one – horrible. And the tasty one is overpriced, wtf >.<

    • Thanks for liking my post about bread!

      Do you have a picture of french stick bread? You don’t mean french toast sticks, right?;)

      So you’re a fan of 茶餐廳 then? All I’d ever order at one is fried mantou with condensed mlik…

      • it’s just a baguette – just my husband uses that name and I just copy it haha 🙂

        we have sheng kee bakery close to use, I love it so much I come there few times a week + boba milk tea, nom nom nom 🙂

  2. Jonathan says:

    The article reminds me a bit of the trade association (if you can call it that) of bakers in France, which this year started a large ad campaign to encourage their countrymen to buy more bread. The stated reasons was a long-term trend of declining business that they likened to a national identity crisis. And while the bakers have a clear stake in turning that trend around, I found the role of bread in a nation’s culture to be interesting; would love to hear more about that in Turkey.

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