1st Annual Texas Tea Festival

IMG 3679Raindrop Turkish House recently participated in the 1st Annual Texas Tea Festival, which took place on February 8th at the Saengerrunde Hall of downtown Austin. During the festival over 700 visitors enjoyed different types of tea and food served by various sponsors.

Raindrop booth was one of the most popular spots in the hall as it served famous Turkish flavors, including Turkish tea, Turkish coffee, Turkish delight, baklava and brownie cookies. These flavors were accompanied by the traditional tea pot, samovar, tea and coffee sets that decorated the booth, which attracted a lot of interest from our visitors including the speakers and other vendors at the event.

It was so much fun to be a part of this great event. We cannot wait for the next year’s festival!




Austin Ladies' Coffee Night with Lynn Hayden

IMG 1463The tradition goes on and RAWA started the new year with an another memorable Ladies' Coffee Night

With a rich and traditional dinner as always, all guests were pleased from the beginning of the night.. All ladies gathered around the tables had a chance to meet and share and exchange ideas as well.

Our dear friend, Courtney DeboWer was the emcee of the evening. 

The keynote speaker of the night was Lynn Hayden, a management consultant who started her speech with some simple yet basic tips on how to be organized and how to "clear the clatter"s in our lifes!

She has shared so many notes of the class she teaches about realizing and placing "values" of our lives and putting our priorities in the first place. Her speech got so intense and touching with her own personal examples and anectodes she shared and audience was inspired so much!

After this beautiful speech, our guests got a chance to meet a Turkish marbling art (ebru) artist, Seher Dogan and watched her performing this unique art! Turkish coffee? We never forget that! It was served during this beautiful demonstration.

The night ended with an "eat the muffin blind-folded" game and so many more laughters, chats and fun until the room was completely empty. 




The first Ladies Coffee Night of 2015, held on January 15th

CoffeeNightJanuary15(13)The first Ladies Coffee Night of 2015, held on January 15th, was again a special night full of fun, valuable information, and social networking. This month's topic was Alzheimer’s disease and Kelly McCann, the Chief Program Officer at Alzheimer’s Association (Houston&Southeast Texas Chapter) made a very informative presentation on the topic and answered the questions from the audience.

The memory game and brain teasers, activities considered as preventive measures for Alzheimer disease, made the night both fun and challenging. Besides the delicious Turkish food, the participants were also served nuts and dried fruit as the examples of healthy diet to prevent the disease. Ladies also put their hands together to make blankets that will be donated to nursery homes. The night ended with nice conversations and memories while enjoying Turkish coffee. See you at the next Coffee Night with new topics and nice surprises…



The Last Coffee Night of 2014

IMG 4130 1Roomful of enthusiastic women attended Austin Ladies' Coffee Night at Raindrop Turkish House on December 12.  

During networking and dinner session guests had a chance to visit the Calligraphy Art booth. Diler Unal, Turkish Calligraphy artist, prepared a customized bookmark for each visitor on the spot.

This time our guest organization was Asian Family Support and Services of Austin, a local non-profit which provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Everyone attending had a chance to visit their booth and learn more about the organization, pick up a flier and talk to the representative Thuy Bishop who gave brief information about their services. 

The master of the ceremony was Lisa Pazienza. Her strong positive energy spread around the room when she lead the first icebreaker game. She moderated the program in a joyful way throughout the night. 

Honorable Dolores Ortega-Carter, Travis County Treasurer, delivered the keynote speech. Her topic was "Tips for an effective household budget". She talked about similarities managing a county budget with a household budget, discussed the ways of saving money and spending it wisely and non-sporadically including during the festive season. Her examples were very clear so all guests could associate and remember some useful tips for the future.

 The evening culminated with a performance by Julie Slim and Layalina Band. Julie's beautiful voice truly touched our hearts while she sang in Arabic accompanied by band's performance playing authentic instruments. 





723625b4c6bf41bab538e2feb8ae0750-4463e5f007c74b8ba43f9cd0e2a9ac84-e52bcbeb03843331680f6a706700c9e2The Turkish-American community condemns detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of highest circulating newspaper in Turkey, Zaman daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law.

Dumanlı and Karaca were detained along with more than 20 people in a nationwide operation early on Sunday, December 14, 2014. A list of suspects to be detained, released by İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, shows that a total of 32 people are to be detained.

The suspects are accused of "forming, leading or being a member of an armed terrorist organization," "forgery" and "slander," according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

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