My Turkish Joys

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My Turkish Joys
A blog about Turkish food, traveling in Turkey, living as an expat in Istanbul, favorite restaurants, Turkish recipes and visiting the local markets.
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14:23 PM October 27, 2012

I always frequent this Blog.....for interesting things to do in Istanbul and some parts of Turkey. Love the pics and stories about the restaurants, local markets, and recipes. In the future moving to Turkey with Turkish husband so this Blog is always interesting for me.

16:07 PM November 20, 2012

Joy has a fantastic blog. She is a pastry chef and creates incredibly creative creations and knows exactly where to find great ingredients in Istanbul. I love to read about what she makes. Most importantly, since I live in the same place as Joy, we have become friends - all because she chose to write about her world for the rest of us to discover. Yea, Joy!

Altay Atli
09:34 AM December 04, 2012

As a local of Istanbul, I am following this blog with great interest. I have been living in this town for all my life, except a few short breaks, and it is a great delight for me to read about how an expat explores the town and its beauties, how she finds little details, and how she enjoys sharing all these with others... If you love the town you are living in, if you are amazed by your town every single day, read expat blogs, because they can show you small but exciting details you have maybe never been aware of... P.S. The author's recipes are great too :-)

09:42 AM December 04, 2012

Joy's love for travel, cooking, and people shines through in every blog post!

09:56 AM December 04, 2012


09:59 AM December 04, 2012

Joy's blog is an excellent resource for expats residing in Istanbul that are interested in food and travel.

Janette Salman
10:03 AM December 04, 2012

Always enjoy it :)

10:34 AM December 04, 2012

Incredibly helpful for me as an expat dealing with new ingredients and how to use them, where to find ingredients for my US recipes but the real added value is that Joy shares her travel and experience in Istanbul and Turkey. It is a great mix a good content, good writing and good photos - everything that makes a good blog. One of my favorites.

10:51 AM December 04, 2012

Love how funny and REAL Joy!

11:05 AM December 04, 2012

It's always fun to read Joy's blog ...

11:10 AM December 04, 2012

Joy's voice shines through every post. I have learned a lot about Turkey through her eyes.

11:59 AM December 04, 2012

Always enjoy reading Joy's blog- she provides great insight into Istanbul's local food and travel spots around Turkey.

Sheryl Sparks
12:00 PM December 04, 2012

Joy is a great inspiration for us who are living here in Turkey. I am blessed by her blog and her life her!

12:38 PM December 04, 2012

Joy is not only an amazing chef (wizard, really), but also a seriously good writer and a talented photographer. But what I love most is the joy (pun not intended) that she brings to the experience of being an expat in Turkey. I can say that my own expat journey has been frustrating and challenging. Joy reminds my why I fell in love with Turkey and Istanbul.

12:51 PM December 04, 2012

My newlywed husband is from Istanbul, and we go to visit his family at least once a year. Reading Joy's blog gives me so much insight into Turkish culture and food that I feel more informed when I speak with my new in-laws. It's like having "insider" information! When we visit again next summer, I already have a list of things to do and see, all from Joy's blog.

13:30 PM December 04, 2012

From great recipes to informative and fun descriptions of places to go around the world, I always check in on Joy's Blog to see what is going on in Turkey. You can tell from her writing that Joy loves to share her world and my friends and I always look forward to seeing what she is up to next!

Jason McNutt
13:40 PM December 04, 2012

What can I say, I'm a little bit biased, but it is my favorite Turkish blog and I never miss a blog. Joy likes to mix it up between food, travel and recipes along with the occassional personal story. If you're looking for travel advice on Turkey and Istanbul in particular, this is a great resource. Even if you're local, you may find something unexpected.

13:42 PM December 04, 2012

Joy is an energetic and generous person and her blog and cooking reflect her personality perfectly! I mean how many of us say we want to do a blog of our experiences abroad, but don't do it? Well, she does, consistently and she is curious and finds things out for us! Thank you for being such a great reporter and passionate cook! I've rarely met someone with such commitment.

Arpita Chatterjee
14:01 PM December 04, 2012

Joy's wanderlust spirit and her amazing culinary skills let you peep into that window of flavors and sights that define beautiful Turkey. And when you are far away, her lovely blog will transport you right back onto the streets of Istanbul! Yaay for Joy ~

14:10 PM December 04, 2012

Joy's blog is always entertains and interesting!

Renee McNutt
14:22 PM December 04, 2012

Joy makes me want to see everything Turkey has to offer! I love the photos and learning about other cuisines!

Angela Meyer-Sooknarine
14:54 PM December 04, 2012

I've been following Joy's blog since the beginning and it inspired me to visit Turkey. She makes every experience come alive with her pictures, stories and food. I have taken many of her original recipes and tried them here in the states. The ingredients are different, but the flavors are reminiscent of our time in Turkey. I visit her blog regularly and it gets me excited to go back!

15:08 PM December 04, 2012

My Turkish Joys is a beautiful and entertaining blog. It should win!

15:17 PM December 04, 2012

I have been a regular follower of Joy's Blog and I look forward to every new entry. Its fun and informative at the same time and always interesting!

15:30 PM December 04, 2012

Great blog, Great person, Great Passion(s)....what else can I say! Love My Turkish Joys!

16:02 PM December 04, 2012

There is no language to describe Joy's success. But let me try; she is the best!

Beril Yenituran
16:04 PM December 04, 2012

great and Incredibly helpful!

16:18 PM December 04, 2012

A lovely blog to follow...

16:19 PM December 04, 2012

Funny enough I realised, after having met Joy for the first time, that I had actually already read her blog before we met - took a while before I connected the dots thought, I couldn't imagine the world being so small - I met Joy for the first time months after having read about her food adventures. The post that brought me here was one about turkish yogurt, which I was doing some research on. A travel addicted foodie myself, this blog covers my interests very well - food, travel and local markets. I really enjoy reading it!

Eren Ersin
16:20 PM December 04, 2012

Top quality...I am always excited about her discoveries in Istanbul. Very helpful even for a local.

16:36 PM December 04, 2012

Joy is a joy to read.

16:51 PM December 04, 2012

Jody's blog is such a great mix of informative recipes, beautiful locales, terrific tips and most importantly gorgeous photos of them all.

Federico Galli
17:26 PM December 04, 2012

Tarts, pies, brownies and all sorts of cakes: these are just a few of the state-of-the-art delicacies masterly prepared by Joy, which made my stay in Istanbul unforgettable. A feast for the eyes, a Joy for the palate.

18:09 PM December 04, 2012

I really enjoy reading Joy's blog and think she makes it really fun and interesting to read. I live in the U.S. and am married to a Turkish man. We plan on moving to Turkey within the next 4 years so I really enjoy reading about places that I plan to go one day and food that I can't wait to eat etc. Keep up the great work Joy!

18:13 PM December 04, 2012

I love Joy's blog - it's the best combination of commentary on expat life, Turkish culture and culinary adventure. She brings Istanbul to life for her readers with every post!

18:22 PM December 04, 2012

My Turkish Joy, is a great mix of cooking and travel...a delight to read!

Caren Altas
18:25 PM December 04, 2012

Just found this page through another freind here in Gocek. I used to live in Istanbul many years ago & really miss it. I have enjoyed My Turkish Joys blog very much & hope to come up to Istanbul for 1 of the cooking demos in the near future........... Well done its fab

18:40 PM December 04, 2012

I found Joy's blog after i travelled to Istanbul this summer...wish I had seen it sooner. Her writing style is great, and the wide range of topics always keeps me interested! Keep up the great work!

18:52 PM December 04, 2012

i bumped into this blog a few months ago..from that time i have been curiously waiting for new posts.good luck joy...

19:12 PM December 04, 2012

I found Joy's blog a few months before I moved to Turkey in September 2012. It is a great combination of food and travel and is full of insight and affection for our wonderful adoptive country.

Earl Everett
19:39 PM December 04, 2012

As a recent expat in Istanbul, Joy's eclectic blog has helped me discover new neighborhoods, markets, restaurants, and other hidden jewels in this wonderful city. Her recipes are easy to follow and turn out great. Her baking talents are simply number one. After finishing a piece of Joy's pumpkin cheesecake, I overheard a woman exclaim that she might not brush her teeth soon, she didn't want to lose the taste in her mouth. Joy's photo's are vibrant and her writing is passionate. "My Turkish Joys" is my joy also.

19:39 PM December 04, 2012

Joy has built up a fabulous blog - it is consistently interesting and her photos are terrific! Yes, she should win!

Jess Dunkel
20:14 PM December 04, 2012

Great tips for recipe ideas and travel advice! It's also interesting to see a different culture from a familiar perspective.

20:40 PM December 04, 2012

I started reading this blog about 10 months ago and i can safely say it had been a fantastic one to follow. Keep it coming joy. Fantastic work.

21:18 PM December 04, 2012

Joy and My Turkish Joy helped me prepare a trip to Turkey. Since I am back here I am traveling back to Turkey whenever I read your blog. It is an opened window. I can see, smell and taste what I enjoyed over there. Teşekkür Joy! Hélènee

22:06 PM December 04, 2012

i love joys blog. i have learned so much about turkey and can't wait to visit! plus, my family now enjoys many turkish dishes thanks to joy!

Stephanie Swirtz
22:09 PM December 04, 2012

I check Joy's blog on a daily basis! I live in Istanbul but still find it amazing how she views food, baking and blogging! Thanks Joy!

22:14 PM December 04, 2012

Sometimes all it takes is to see one of Joy's beautiful creations for me to be completely distracted from my day :) She is truely a gifted chef and writer. I love reading not only about her culinary adventures, but about her life adventures from halfway around the world. Thanks Joy!

Elena Sezer
22:29 PM December 04, 2012

Great blog! always informative, fun, and interesting.

23:31 PM December 04, 2012

I'm always excited when new posts appear in my email! Love reading about Turkey, and I bookmark many of My Turkish Joys' posts for reference when planning trips back to Turkey.

00:56 AM December 05, 2012

I've been reading Joy's blog for over a year now - it's a great blog for learning about food and travel in Turkey. I enjoy Joy's positive style and fantastic photos!

01:14 AM December 05, 2012

I love reading Joy's blog and looking at the fabulous pictures! I am living vicariously through My Turkish Joys!

03:52 AM December 05, 2012

I have followed Joy's blog since the very beginning and her blogs posts keep us wondering what she will be cooking next, where is she going to travel to next and what unforeseen treasure will she uncover in Istanbul. The blog gives everyone a look into what it is like being an expat in another country and the difficulties she has to face on a daily basis and makes it into a learning experience.

Dan Poswolsky
05:44 AM December 05, 2012

Awesome blog!

Altug Merhap
07:08 AM December 05, 2012

Ok, I admit it: As a Turkish citizen I am jealous of this lovely blog:)

07:34 AM December 05, 2012

Thanks for delicious recipes. Inci

Cagri Oktem
08:11 AM December 05, 2012

As Jason's colleague, I have had the honor of tasting the many goodies that Joy has sent to the office.  She has quite a fan base here as they have all been delicious! These treats have often been a bright spot in our days and contributed significantly to Jason's popularity.    As such, its great to read this blog and gain insight into the Turkish experience from a great chef's point of view... along with lovely recipe ideas.   I also really admire how Joy has embraced this experience and hope that she continues to enjoy and share her discoveries.    

Joyetech Eroll
10:05 AM November 24, 2014

Very nice . it can help every body to know useful information. thanks a lot. joyetech eroll

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