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Food and travel articles from Antep (Gaziantep) in southeastern Anatolia.

10 04, 2014

Introducing Parla Food City Guides

April 10th, 2014|6 Comments

Parla Food turns five years old this month. Crazy, right? She looks older. I blame all the cocktails and carbonara. With each passing year, wading though posts and categories devoted to various cities has become increasingly cumbersome. So to make things easier for you, fair reader, I have launched a series of City Guides. […]

1 05, 2012

The Journey To, And Through, Syria

May 1st, 2012|7 Comments

Aleppo’s citadel. Last week’s trip to Antep stirred up all sorts of memories for me. I first visited back in 2008. In fact, I even stayed in the very same room at the Anadolu Evleri. Four years ago, I used Antep as a point of departure for a solo trip to Syria; its airport was close to the border crossing at Kilis. At the time, I had never been to southeastern […]

26 04, 2012

In Antep, Halil Usta Serves Tasty Kebabs

April 26th, 2012|3 Comments

Following the advice, once again, of our Antep food gurus Emre and Tuba, Semsa and I headed to Halil Usta, a busy kebab place near the mosaics museum. When we arrived around noon, the place was hopping. They do a brisk business, mainly of […]

23 04, 2012

Shopping in Antep's Elmacı Pazarı

April 23rd, 2012|5 Comments

Antep is justifiably famous for its Bakırcılar Çarşısı (copper bazaar), where craftsmen pound single sheets into platters, vessels and pans. But I was more interested in the adjacent Elmacı Pazarı (Apple Bazaar), a pair of indoor buildings and the shops around them where spices, nuts, dried fruits, grape molases and beans are sold. Ironically, not […]

23 04, 2012

Shopping in Antep’s Elmacı Pazarı

April 23rd, 2012|5 Comments

Antep is justifiably famous for its Bakırcılar Çarşısı (copper bazaar), where craftsmen pound single sheets into platters, vessels and pans. But I was more interested in the adjacent Elmacı Pazarı (Apple Bazaar), a pair of indoor buildings and the shops around them where spices, nuts, dried fruits, grape molases and beans are sold. Ironically, not […]

22 04, 2012

Antep, Taking Savory Breakfast to A Whole New Level

April 22nd, 2012|4 Comments

If this doesn’t look like breakfast to you, you should probably sleep in. Im no stranger to a savory breakfast. My daily morning routine in Rome consists of a slice of pizza bianca from Roscioli or rossa from Forno Campo de’ Fiori. But this week in Antep, Şemsa and I took things to a whole new level. In this southeastern Anatolian city, soups and lamb parts of various types are on the breakfast menu. If you can’t […]

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