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Balaclava’s Tulum restaurant has been nominated for the prestigious accolade of Gault&Millau POP Victorian Restaurant of the Year. The nomination comes in the wake of the venue’s first Hat, which was awarded by the Good Food Guide earlier in the month. The restaurant is shortlisted alongside four other formidable Victorian venues including Ike Jime, Tonka, Embla, and Lee Ho Fook. Tulum’s chef Coskun Uysal (left) Owner and Head Chef Coskun Uysal said, “I am completely humbled to be nominated for the Gault&Millau POP Restaurant of the Year award. To be recognised in the same league as my shortlisted peers is the biggest...

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On October 29 every year, “Republic Day” is celebrated in Turkey. The holiday commemorates the events of 29 October 1923, when Turkish Parliament, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, declared that Turkey was henceforth a republic. The Turkish people, under the rule of the Ottoman Empire lived under an absolute monarchy until 1876. Ottoman Empire changed the regime to constitutional monarchy from 1876 onwards. After the end of World War I, during the occupation of Turkey, the Turkish Parliament managed to regroup in Ankara and played an instrumental role in saving the occupied lands under the leadership of Mustafa...

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You know you are a Turk when.. you’ve lived in Auburn; Broadmeadows or Dandenong you have at least one relative that lives in Mildura or Shepparton your family or relatives owns a restaurant on Sydney road your parents pronounce Brunswick as Branzvik you know where “Ford’un arkasi” or “Corum parki” is your dad’s favorite English insult it “Blady poofta!” you argue with your Greek friends about if Turks or Greeks invented kebabs your parents watch the ‘Ibo Show‘ or ‘Kara Melek‘ your father used to work at the Ford factory your father now is a Taxi driver or owns a...

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Derinkuyu in Nevsehir is the largest discovered underground city in Turkey. The city takes its name (Derinkuyu literally means “the deep well”) from the 55 meter deep well that supplies air to the underground city. According to Turkish Department of Culture; Derinkuyu’s history dates back to Hittites circa 1200BC. The site was later used by Indo-European Phrygians between 8th and 7th centuries B.C., and was used by the local people until the 13th century AD at which point it was not needed except for storage on the first couple of levels. The site was later discovered in 1960s by German...

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“Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives…You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.Therefore, rest in peace.There is no difference between the JohnniesAnd the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side,Here in this country of ours.You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries…Wipe away your tears.Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace.After having lost their lives on this land, they haveBecome our sons as well.” A tribute to the memory of the ANZACS by M. Kemal Atatürk in 1934 Born in 1881 (probably in...

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