18 02, 2015

Grazing Along the Upper Bosphorus

February 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Rumeli Hisarı, an Ottoman fortress, is the gateway to the Upper Bosphorus. Even for a city that straddles two continents, Istanbul is packed. Depending on who’s counting, Turkey’s cultural capital is home to 14 to 20 million, a staggering range by any count. To accommodate the booming population, the city’s environs have been transformed and deforested — and the pastoral life that once […]

14 10, 2014

“Katie Parla’s City Guides” Now in the App Store

October 14th, 2014|0 Comments

Recently, Apple launched a new feature on the App Store, which allows developers to bundle their apps in order to offer them at a discounted price. Purchase the "Katie Parla's City Guides" bundle and get both my Rome and Istanbul apps for $3.99 (they're $2.99 each if purchased separately). Find out more on the App [...]

10 10, 2014

13 Food Souvenirs from Istanbul

October 10th, 2014|2 Comments

Pistachio marzipan from Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi. You can try to prepare for a food-focused trip to Istanbul, but the sheer variety of regional and ethnic cuisines available in Turkey’s cultural capital will overwhelm even the most seasoned visitor. One trip won’t be enough to crack the code, but you can transport the city’s flavors [...]

2 10, 2014

Istanbul Travel Guide

October 2nd, 2014|1 Comment

Magically delicious mezes at Balat Sahil Restoran. Check out my Istanbul Travel Guide in Australian Gourmet Traveller for shout outs to my favorite meyhane and the city's best cocktail bar, among other mentions. I'm more than a little mortified that most of the Turkish letters I submitted with my text vanished on their way to [...]

6 08, 2014

Balat Sahil Restoran on Istanbul’s Golden Horn

August 6th, 2014|3 Comments

I often joke that I eat all the bad food in Rome and Istanbul so readers don’t have to. But I’m losing my sense of humor after an unfortunate streak of disappointing restaurant meals in both Old and New Rome this year. After a serious letdown, I am always in desperate need of a spectacular experience to restore my […]

19 05, 2014

Istanbul’s Best Bites

May 19th, 2014|15 Comments

How do you make a person fall in love with a city you adore? When it comes to Istanbul, some might head directly to Hagia Sofia, while others would book a Bosphorus tour. And they wouldn’t be wrong. The city’s monuments and waterways are beyond beguiling. But on a recent trip to Istanbul with my […]