29 11, 2012

Panificio Bonci Opens in Rome

2017-02-17T15:16:58+00:00 November 29th, 2012|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Rome & Lazio|0 Comments

The highly anticipated Panificio Bonci, the newest installment in the growing empire of celebrity baker and TV-personality Gabriele Bonci, opened today on Via Trionfale in Rome. The tiled, wood-accented bakery sells breads and other baked goods, both sweet and savory. I will be writing about the place for another publication, but if you are curious [...]

29 11, 2012

Swedish Christmas Market in Rome

2017-02-17T15:16:58+00:00 November 29th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Rome & Lazio|4 Comments

This Jesus mosaic from the Sancta Sanctorum is neither Swedish nor a Christmas market. It’s pouring down rain in Rome and it’s 52F, so it hardly feels like the Christmas season (at least to this Jersey girl). Nevertheless, local holiday markets have commenced! Tomorrow November 30 and Saturday December 1, the Swedish church in Rome [...]

28 11, 2012

Parla Food at the NYT Travel Show

2017-02-17T15:16:59+00:00 November 28th, 2012|Categories: Culture, New York City|5 Comments

Mark your calendars for 1:30pm on January 20, 2013! I will be participating in a new media panel at the NYT Travel Show in NYC. The seminar, "Discover the Latest Mobile Apps & Devices in Travel", will also feature Wendy Perrin of Condé Nast Traveler. We will share our experiences and the latest technology available [...]

27 11, 2012

Mithraeum at Baths of Caracalla Reopens

2017-02-17T15:16:59+00:00 November 27th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Rome & Lazio|7 Comments

Last week, Mamma Parla and I joined my friends from Context Travel for a visit to the recently restored Mithraeum, a cult sanctuary, beneath the Baths of Caracalla. After being closed for over a decade, the site is open to the public through January 6, 2013. After the initial scare of not being able to [...]

26 11, 2012

Kasımpaşa’s Kastamonu Pazarı, Istanbul

2017-02-17T15:16:59+00:00 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 [...]

25 11, 2012

Slow Food Mercato della Terra Inaugurated in Rome

2017-02-17T15:16:59+00:00 November 25th, 2012|Categories: Rome & Lazio|11 Comments

Dear Hande Theo, Marlene, John and Mamma Parla, please accept my formal apology for rousing you from bed this morning to join me at the comically awful Mercato della Terra. Your time is too precious to waste at this new Slow Food Market, which is stategically positioned in Culonia, the informal nickname for this sad [...]

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