/Turkish Cuisine
17 08, 2016

Back in Bozcaada, Turkey

2017-02-17T15:14:48+01:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Food & Wine, Travel, Turkish Cuisine, Wine & Spirits|3 Comments

It's been a minute since I last visited Bozcaada, the Greek-turned-Turkish island just southwest of the Dardanelles. It's a longer trip from Istanbul than I remember: 8.5 long hours on an overnight bus that trims the Sea of Marmara, arching counterclockwise from Istanbul's Alibeyköy depot, followed by a lay-over at the Geyikli port before the [...]

18 02, 2015

Grazing Along the Upper Bosphorus

2017-02-17T15:15:55+01:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: Istanbul, Restaurants, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|0 Comments

Rumeli Hisarı, an Ottoman fortress, is the gateway to the Upper Bosphorus. Even for a city that straddles two continents, Istanbul is packed. Depending on who’s counting, Turkey’s cultural capital is home to 14 to 20 million, a staggering range by any count. To accommodate the booming population, the city’s environs have been transformed and [...]

14 10, 2014

“Katie Parla’s City Guides” Now in the App Store

2017-02-17T15:16:07+01:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Istanbul, Rome & Lazio, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|2 Comments

Recently, Apple launched a new feature on the App Store, which allows developers to bundle their apps in order to offer them at a discounted price. Purchase the "Katie Parla's City Guides" bundle and get both my Rome and Istanbul apps for $3.99 (they're $2.99 each if purchased separately). Find out more on the App [...]

10 10, 2014

13 Food Souvenirs from Istanbul

2017-02-17T15:16:07+01:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Istanbul, Press & Articles, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|2 Comments

Pistachio marzipan from Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi. You can try to prepare for a food-focused trip to Istanbul, but the sheer variety of regional and ethnic cuisines available in Turkey’s cultural capital will overwhelm even the most seasoned visitor. One trip won’t be enough to crack the code, but you can transport the city’s flavors [...]

2 10, 2014

Istanbul Travel Guide

2017-02-17T15:16:07+01:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|1 Comment

Magically delicious mezes at Balat Sahil Restoran. Check out my Istanbul Travel Guide in Australian Gourmet Traveller for shout outs to my favorite meyhane and the city's best cocktail bar, among other mentions. I'm more than a little mortified that most of the Turkish letters I submitted with my text vanished on their way to [...]

6 08, 2014

Balat Sahil Restoran on Istanbul’s Golden Horn

2017-02-17T15:16:10+01:00August 6th, 2014|Categories: Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Restaurants, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|3 Comments

I often joke that I eat all the bad food in Rome and Istanbul so readers don’t have to. But I’m losing my sense of humor after an unfortunate streak of disappointing restaurant meals in both Old and New Rome this year. After a serious letdown, I am always in desperate need of a spectacular [...]