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19 05, 2014

Istanbul’s Best Bites

May 19th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|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 [...]

10 04, 2014

Introducing Parla Food City Guides

April 10th, 2014|Categories: Antep/Gaziantep, Copenhagen, Florence, Food & Wine, Istanbul, London, Naples & Campania, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, Puglia, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Sicily, Vieques|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. [...]

11 02, 2014

Alex’s Place, Istanbul’s Last Craft Cocktail Bar?

February 11th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Istanbul, Press & Articles, Travel, Turkish Cuisine, Wine & Spirits|1 Comment

When I was assigned to write a profile of Istanbul’s cocktail culture and its foremost figure, Alex Waldman, over a year ago, the city was utterly different than it is today. Before the Gezi Park Protests, a piece pontificating on the virtues of nigella seed syrup and lamenting the dearth of Sherry in Turkey had [...]

27 01, 2014

Istanbul’s “New Anatolian Cuisine”, Orange Gel and the Pursuit of Flavor

January 27th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Recipes, Turkish Cuisine|3 Comments

Photo by Şemsa Denizsel. There’s a lot of talk in Istanbul’s culinary circles lately about the “New Anatolian Cuisine”, an approach that distances itself from European ingredients and techniques while embracing and modernizing Anatolian regional cooking. A number of restaurants have opened or re-branded in the past year or so, devoting […]

1 10, 2013

Slow Fish Istanbul, October 17-20

October 1st, 2013|Categories: Fish, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Katie Parla Events, Turkish Cuisine|0 Comments

The fist edition of Slow Fish Istanbul will be held October 17-20 at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi’s Albert Long Hall. The four-day event is being organized by Slow Food İstanbul’s Fikir Sahibi Damaklar convivium and will bring together over 70 delegates from 10 countries in the region to discuss and collaborate […]

17 05, 2013

Where to Eat in Istanbul Right Now

May 17th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Restaurants, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|3 Comments

Earlier this week, Eater ran my Istanbul Heatmap, a collection of places that are new (or at least have something new about them). If I could have written only about the places I love, no matter how long they have been established, the piece would have gone a little something like this: […]

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