30 06, 2011

The Guggenheim in Bilbao

2017-02-17T15:26:54+00:00 June 30th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Spain, Travel|6 Comments

Mamma Parla is the queen of finding discounted hotel rooms. She found a great rate at the Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao, a very modern and somewhat posh hotel with incredible customer service and an even better location, just across the street from the Guggenheim. […]

30 06, 2011

Gateway to Basque Country: Gasteiz

2017-02-17T15:26:56+00:00 June 30th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Mamma Parla, Restaurants, Spain|2 Comments

Modernity meets the middle ages in the old quarter. Two weeks in Basque country are underway and, as I expected, I quickly realized that 14 days are barely enough to comprehend Bilbao, much less the region. How do I do it all? Fit it all in? Eat everything I desire? Well, I can’t. And, frankly, [...]

27 06, 2011

On The Road: Two Weeks in Basque Country

2017-02-17T15:26:59+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Spain, Travel|10 Comments

Vitoria-Gasteiz Last month, I polled Parla Food readers to see where I should travel and eat for two weeks. After a week of voting, Basque Country came out on top and now here I am in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the region and home to the Basque Parliament. I have a hotel booked here for one [...]

24 06, 2011

When In Rome, Respect the Seasons

2017-02-17T15:27:03+00:00 June 24th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio|17 Comments

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but artichoke season is over. They vanished from menus outside the center over a month ago, but you are bound to find them in restaurants downtown, especially in the Ghetto, where they are frozen for later consumption or imported from France. […]

23 06, 2011

Claudio Talks Gelato

2017-02-17T15:27:05+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|Categories: Culture, Gastronomic Traditions, Gelato, Interviews, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|18 Comments

Last week I met my hero, master gelato maker Claudio Torcè. He granted me a rare interview and was generous enough to spend 2 hours with me chatting in his shop on Viale dell’Aeronautica in Rome’s EUR district. At first I was a bit star struck, but Claudio is a kind and down to earth [...]

22 06, 2011

Getting Off the Beaten Track in Turkey

2017-02-17T15:27:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2011|Categories: Culture, Travel|0 Comments

Ortakent, Bodrum. For visitors wishing to avoid the crowds on the Aegean and Mediterranean coast of Turkey this summer, there are startlingly few options, though staying in a relatively quite village near a big tourist destination is a definite option. I share my two cents with travel reporter Thomas Rivas. Read more on NYT.com...

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