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. […]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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. […]
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 [...]
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...