Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Majesty doesn’t want me in UK


I am sorry to announce that I have to cancel my London tour since my application for UK visa is refused.
Well, an invitation letter from a big company, a letter from a global brand I am working with, an official invitation email for me giving a speech at an event in a gallery and 60+ stamps on my passport were not enough evidences for how I was gonna afford my trip and also was not enough evidence for me not staying forever in London.. :)
I mean ok, London is cool for sure.. I wanted to see London Jazz Fest, I wanted to take place in Taste of London Fest and give the speech at Meal Ticket event, but cmon.. me settling somewhere? Especially settling at all year raining London? No no.. they really got me wrong.
I would love to have a 5mins chat with the decisive authority..:)

It was to be a photo shooting for my portraits, and then..


derya portrait

“You have to have professional portrait photos Derya!”

No no, this photois not what I am gonna use for my portrait, are you crazy? :) The story and photo series follow…

I already was aware that I need to have professional photos, but I was delaying it for a long time. I have few bad quality photos that I like how I look and they are doing quite good. So it was ok to delay, right?? Since I’ve started to work with PR:Republic and since they are starting my press release in Netherlands soon, Marloes urged me to do the professional shooting.

“Ok, I will do it but when and where..?” Continue Reading

Happily ever after (thanks to social media)

Today’s post is about social media, how important is to make connections, why not giving it a try, love, wedding and food..  It doesn’t ring much bells, right? :)


It was August 5th when I recieved a msg from an Istanbul girl, Zeynep. She was telling me that she is getting married on September 4 in Barcelona and Zeynep and Onur the groom are renting a place for their wedding dinner. She was asking me if I can go there and cook the dinner. I replied immediately asking for some details and she also replied me back immediately saying that the place they were in touch with just sent an email to her and doubled the price. Continue Reading

Wonderful Family in Utrecht


All of my hosts and dinners are surely mean a lot to me, but there are some that are a bit more special which is like the one in Utrecht, Netherlands..
I had no idea I was to be cooking for such a special family dinner when Gerben contacted me. Most of my dinners are like friends gatherings and totally for fun.. But this one in Utrecht had a “meaning” for the family.

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As most of you have noticed, I used the hastag ‪#‎unrushyourworld‬ during my latest Germany tour . Well, It was a warmup for a cooperation of FoodieBackpacker with Yeni Rakı which is confirmed now.

The reason why I started my journey, focusing on happiness, my way of living, the food I serve and my dinner concept of “slow food” and “sharing” match perfectly with YeniRakı’s #unrushyourworld motto.

“Let’s stop and think – what if we would take more time for things that matter? Inspirational pauses where you can look around and take it all in.”

From now on,-thanks to this cooperation-, I will be able to travel more, lower my dinner prices, reach to more people and share more with you.


#unrushyourworld ‪#‎eatwell‬‪#‎traveloften‬