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Hi. I'm Nausherwan (you can call me Naush). I'm a very social person, love experiencing new cultures and trying different kinds of food. So, I thought to myself what's the best way to combine all of these 3 things! Start a food blog with exchange and international students (hence the humorous use of the word Yabanci, which is what international students are called here) to have a good time and give an objective review of various restaurants.
To tell you a little bit more about myself, I'm a Management Sophomore at Bilkent from Islamabad, Pakistan. I have many interests including football (Arsenal and Galatasaray fan), cricket, music and of course all things entrepreneurship and business. The reason I chose to start a food blog over my many other interests such as sports, music or business is that I feel the best way to show case your own connection to a place and it's culture is to experience the food of the area.
I feel this is the best way to explore my love for most things Turkish and to be able to in a spiritual sense convey how similarities and differences between cultures can be sensed with how different people react to different kinds of food. Also it helps that food in Ankara is a broad subject matter as the culinary scene in the city is still growing and hence there are many interesting places to sample and review for the blog itself.
The concept of the blog is simple enough, we are a bunch of international's in Bilkent (comprising both exchange/Erasmus students and full time internationals) going around sampling the finest cuisine that students can enjoy in Ankara (such as the amazing Iskender in the blog cover photo).
Like the diverse and ever changing nature of the reviewers, the cuisine being reviewed will change from week to week to help show case the growing culinary scene in Ankara and the effect the expat community has had on the gastronomic make up of the city. Also to help the readers of the blog, we will give a short review and a rating on a 1-10 scale for the food we eat, by no means are we experts or gastronomy students but we do love food and our reviews will always be sincere so in that sense, they could be considered a genuine and well meaning guide to aid with your own food decisions. The panel of students will have fresh faces every week so a small introduction will be given at the start of the blog so help familiarize readers with the reviewers and give a bit of added perspective.
I hope, all of the readers experience the casual, friendly atmosphere of the group while also getting our sincere opinions on the culinary works of art we get to experience. I like using the word, "journey" to describe the blog because it feels suitable to the nature of the whole story, of experiencing a vast array of cuisines while developing a deeper understanding of the cultural differences and similarities within our own friend circle. Finally to conclude, I hope this journey is as exciting for you, as it is for me and at the end of it you would, at the very minimum have a diverse selection of food choices to choose from in Ankara.
Also don't tell my mother about this blog, she thinks I'm on a diet :D