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Food and travel articles from Antep (Gaziantep) in southeastern Anatolia.

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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…)


Aleppo’s citadel.

Last week’s trip to Antep stirred up all sorts of memories for me. I first visited back in 2008. In fact, I even stayed in the very same room at the Anadolu Evleri. Four years ago, I used Antep as a point of departure for a solo trip to Syria; its airport was close to the border crossing at Kilis. At the time, I had never been to southeastern (more…)

Following the advice, once again, of our Antep food gurus Emre and Tuba, Semsa and I headed to Halil Usta, a busy kebab place near the mosaics museum. When we arrived around noon, the place was hopping. They do a brisk business, mainly of (more…)

Antep is justifiably famous for its Bakırcılar Çarşısı (copper bazaar), where craftsmen pound single sheets into platters, vessels and pans. But I was more interested in the adjacent Elmacı Pazarı (Apple Bazaar), a pair of indoor buildings and the shops around them where spices, nuts, dried fruits, grape molases and beans are sold. Ironically, not (more…)


If this doesn’t look like breakfast to you, you should probably sleep in.

Im no stranger to a savory breakfast. My daily morning routine in Rome consists of a slice of pizza bianca from Roscioli or rossa from Forno Campo de’ Fiori. But this week in Antep, Şemsa and I took things to a whole new level. In this southeastern Anatolian city, soups and lamb parts of various types are on the breakfast menu. If you can’t (more…)