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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Good-Bye to Murat: Wife of Amuse Bouche Vendor Selling Off the Couple's Belongings

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM

click to enlarge Potential buyers can snack on muffins and chai. - T. PALMER
  • T. Palmer
  • Potential buyers can snack on muffins and chai.
Call it the final chapter in the saga of Murat Celebi-Ariner, the street-food vendor deported to France last week after being picked up for overstaying a visa waiver. Last night, Celebi-Ariner's wife, Pelin, announced a liquidation sale of the couple's belongings at their Mission District apartment this Saturday.

In an e-mail to supporters, she said, "Home is where the heart is. Thus, this home must change hands, along with everything in it." Celebi-Ariner promised complimentary muffins and chai -- Amuse Bouche staples -- and unspecified memorabilia. She told SFoodie she's leaving for France next week on a short-stay visa, but would apply for permanent status once in the country.

As for Murat, Celebi-Ariner said he was okay, but adjusting to life back in France. "He's still kind of dealing with the trauma of what he went through," she said.

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