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27 04, 2013

Adana Oçakbaşı in Kurtuluş, Istanbul

April 27th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Meat, Restaurants, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|2 Comments

Superlatives are highly subjective and, in most cases, proclaiming a place “the best” is arbitrary, or even ridiculous. But when it comes to Adana Oçakbaşı in Kurtuluş, I see no other way to proceed. Go see for yourself. Book well in advance and if you can take the heat, sit near the grill where ciğer [...]

20 04, 2013

Katie Parla’s Rome v2.7 Available Now!

April 20th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|10 Comments

My Rome dining app has a new name! Get "Katie Parla's Rome" in the App Store now. Version 2.7 has new venues, improved maps and interface and we have made some tweaks based on user feedback (keep the suggestions coming!). In a short time, "Katie Parla's Istanbul" will be released. I will be wrapping up [...]

16 04, 2013

Aşkana Mantı, Istanbul

April 16th, 2013|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Restaurants, Turkish Cuisine|4 Comments

Mantı, which are sometimes described as Turkish ravioli, are pinched dumplings filled with meat. They are a specialty of Kayseri, a city in central Anatolia near Cappadocia, and are serve slathered in garlic and yogurt, then drizzled with melted butter. If this sounds like the perfect food, it kind of is— […]

13 04, 2013

Kantin Dükkan Opens in Bebek

April 13th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Sweets & Dessert, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|7 Comments

In the interest of full disclosure I will put it right out there: Kantin’s chef Şemsa Denizsel is a close friend and I am writing this post from the comfort of her home. In other words, this won’t exactly be my standard anonymous review. That said, I loved Şemsa’s cooking and bold personality long before [...]

11 04, 2013

Roman Food Culture in the 21st Century

April 11th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|4 Comments

Lamb tongue pastrami sandwich at Romeo, part of the nascent gourmet sandwich trend. In the spirit of last week’s “Some Myth’s About Rome The Need To Die”, I present a post dedicated to revealing 21st century Roman food culture. This is loosely based on a lecture I did yesterday at Temple University’s Rome campus for [...]

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