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A step aside...



Just stop and take a step aside.
Take a seat. Join us at our table.
You are welcome. You brought us joy.
You ran a lot, you ran all the way,
nevertheless you couldn’t catch up
with the speed of the Universe.
Perhaps you even forgot where you were running to.
Just stop and join us at a table.
Take a deep breath. Just calm down.

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Take a sitep aside.
Waves on the Bosphorous are seen in the distance,
wonder wich one comes from the Aegean?
A sweet breeze is blowing,
wonder if it passed through the Aegean?
Clouds and clouds over the sky,
wonder wich one would ride you to the Aegean?

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We take a step aside.
We don’t revolutionise, we don’t cook up inventions,
we don’t run, we don’t either have great novelties.
We bow with respect in front of the opulence of the tables
set for the past milenia.
We know our responsibility
to sustain the future of those tables.
 

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We take a step aside.
We glance at the past.
So many people so many cultures
have encountered at these tables!
Their songs are still rhyming in our heads...
We glance at the future.
So many tables, so many delicious moments
are there to be cherished.
We savour even the dream of it.

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We take a step aside.
Keeping on our sides what we have learned from
our grandmothers, great grandmothers
even our grandfathers...
From east to the west, one thousand and
one techniques of the kitchen workers...
Farmers are with us, market holders too…

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We take a step aside.
We!re not moving forward in time,
we are expanding it.
We are not carrying our cuisine forward,
as it is beyond one’s capacity,
We are expanding our cuisine.
We became enlightened with that step aside that
With the ambition of moving and
moving endlessly forward
we lost the moment, humans, the world.
Perhaps it is time to take a step aside all together.

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We take a step aside.
We want to enjoy the moment,
cherish the moments spent together.
We just cook.
serve our wine next to it,
Share it all at our table,
We make people happy, we become happy.
For all those who take a step aside
we put another plate on the table,
we welcome you at Alancha.