/Istanbul
7 05, 2013

“Katie Parla’s Istanbul” Now in the App Store!

May 7th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Istanbul, Restaurants, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|6 Comments

I am super excited to announce the arrival of “Katie Parla’s Istanbul”, which hit the App Store a few hours ago! For over a decade, I have been studying Istanbul and its food, tracing the origins of the city’s dishes, crisscrossing the Bosphorus in search of ingredients and feeding my full-blown obsession with […]

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 [...]

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 [...]

26 11, 2012

Kasımpaşa’s Kastamonu Pazarı, Istanbul

November 26th, 2012|Categories: Istanbul, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|6 Comments

Two things have the power to get my friends and me up before dawn: the prospect of offal for breakfast and food markets. The former is a custom in Southeastern Anatolia, but we were in Istanbul last Sunday, so it was the latter that got Semsa and I out of our beds and into a [...]

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