Armenian Boats and Turkish Food: Anthony Bordain goes to Istanbul

February 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm (Armenian-ness, Turkey) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Everyone’s favorite snarky food writer, Anthony Bordain, took in Istanbul on this season of No Reservations.  (Watch the full episode here.)

We can all argue about whose dolmas came first, who makes the best pilaf or yogurt or baklava, and whose kebabs reign supreme, but at the end of the day we must acknowledge the geographically and culturally encompassing iron embrace that informed the palate of the Ottoman Empire.  So it was with a growling stomach and eager eye that I watched Bordain take in Istanbul.

And I laughed – because floating through shots of the Bosphorus at the beginning, middle, and end of the episode was a boat painted from bow to stern with colors of the Armenian flag – like this one:

I think it will be a few seasons before Bordain makes it to Armenia, but at least we can rest easy knowing that our flag got in there (three times!) on the Turkey episode.



  1. François said,

    The “Armenian colored” ship depicted in your story – The Arctic Sea – is a famous one. It is the one that was hijacked in Northern Europe seas in 2009 and taken to Africa. The ship was said to be carrying lumber to a African nation. I read that when Russia retrived the ship, it brought it back to a Black Sea port (thru the Bosphorus) . Other reports said the ship was not carrying lumber…

  2. pomexpress said,

    Ha ha – yes – good eye! I could not find a pic of the actual ship from Bordain’s Istanbul episode – so the Arctic Sea had to do. While the Arctic Sea’s story is probably better then the one I tell here – I’ve yet to start my pirate blog.

  3. Michael Casey said,

    The real question is whose dolmas are the best. My vote goes to those of Yeranoohy Kapasoozian Depoian (from Ordu).

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