spring onions

Tomorrow, and every other Sunday, organic and biodynamic producers from Lazio, Abruzzo and Tuscany gather on the edge of Vicolo della Moretta in central Rome. The market, which runs from 8am-5pm, was the city’s first farmers’ market and is organized by Di Sana Pianta e Agropelagus. It features the sale of (more…)

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Parla Food turns five years old this month. Crazy, right? She looks older. I blame all the cocktails and carbonara. With each passing year, wading though posts and categories devoted to various cities has become increasingly cumbersome. So to make things easier for you, fair reader, I have launched a series of City Guides. (more…)

ex mattatoio testaccio roma

A source of both nutrition and pleasure, food is also a booming commercial enterprise with a long, storied history. As the center of a vast Empire, Rome’s ancient harbors were abuzz with various aspects of the food trade as condiments, raw materials and beverages converged on the banks of the Tiber from distant provinces. Garden estates abutted the ancient city walls and goats, cattle and sheep (more…)

Last week, STA Travel sent Canadian photographers Jill Man and Kyla Trethewey, collectively known as Our Wild Abandon, to film part of their Travel Insiders series. Fresh off a US road trip, Jill and Kyla joined me for a whirlwind pizza tour. Check out our feast here.

alsace marathon
Pretzels and white Alsatian wine are exactly what I crave at mile 24.

Six months ago, I signed up for the Paris Marathon and slowly eased into training, weary of injuries incurred in past years. Whether at the table or on the track, I am prone to extremes and accustomed to working through the pain. As predicted, my knees and hamstrings were the first parts to rebel with (more…)