Hi, I’m Namie!

Welcome to my blog where I keep my sanity by rambling about food and life.

My passion for cooking and wine grew while living in Sydney through my 20s. I abandoned the cooking out of cookbooks and went to France for more inspirations and to find the origins of all the foods I’d loved, especially cheese and wine. I refused to take the ordinary path of going to a cooking school, and instead, invested in travelling and eating around Europe, which has led me to rocky roads with twists and turns, but the road ended in Constantinople, which happened to be where the East and the West meet. Sounds cliché? Oh, well…

Why “Eat with Me”?

“She was born in Korea, raised in Australia, trained to be a sommelier in France and the UK, and now lives in Istanbul. She’s a true melting pot of flavors from around the world. And her food is brilliant.”

Cooking is a great way of learning about the country while exploring the local flavours and observing its culture. As I was bringing the western food with my Asian twist, I started to throw  pop-up dinners to feed the hungry and curious because I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Food brings people together and while sharing food with people, our knowledge expands and the cultural gap narrows. Not only that, but it also keeps my gastronomic senses alive and keeps me fit.

I hear incessant voices talking recipes day in, day out, even in my sleep, so I need to put them into products, otherwise they keep nagging at me. I blame my Chef mum for that and, believer or not, the place I feel the most stress-free and calm is in the kitchen.

My “Foodosophy”?

I cook Fresh / Seasonal / Simple / Natural / Healthy / Creative and try to be environmentally friendly by minimising food waste.  There are no canned, processed, MSG food in my pantry. I often make things from scratch and revive forgotten food, which forms an important part of our culinary history.

Most importantly, I enjoy all this delicious food with good wine! I’ve been a long believer of wine diet and my husband is the living proof – he lost 20kg from drinking wine with dinner! The ‘wine diet’ implies more than just ‘drinking it’ but rather the whole process of preparing dinner, appreciating the flavours between the sips, and the conversation it brings to the table.

On this blog, I’ll share my culinary adventures and I hope you enjoy my stories and recipes. If you have any suggestions or ideas to share, OR would like to ‘eat with me’, please drop me a message by using the form below or email me at ewmistanbul@gmail.com

Thank you for stopping by!



  1. This is great cheese and wine and food… I love it! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I highly appreciate it 🙂
    So I will be seeing you around Namie. Nice meeting you! Cheers 🙂


  2. Food and wine in my world is almost inseparable and either bring people together. Who says we don’t need another food blogger? That’s like saying we don’t need to meet new people (that might be true for some who are content with their cliques) or it’s like saying the world doesn’t need new babies/new families (some would argue with this too). What a wonderful blog you have. Salud!


  3. Yes, you’re right, Unwind Cooking. Food and the way we eat also evolve and improve like humans and wine. The more ideas, the better. The clatter and laughter in the kitchen and around the table keep me sane. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


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