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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 and textures back home to family and friends and share a small part of the big picture with loved ones. (Or just keep them for yourself.) For 13 tips on what to bring back, check out my latest for Bon Appétit.

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Rome’s rapidly growing trend, “lo street food”, seems unstoppable. I’m not talking about food trucks, which really really don’t work or exist here the way the do in other cities, nor the ubiquitous pizza by the slice joints. I’m referring to a different approach to marketing food in which takeaways, cafes and restaurants (more…)

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The Ara Pacis.

Today marks the 2,000th anniversary of the Augustus’ death. In a city in which more than a few great leaders have drawn on the lessons of the emblematic first Emperor, you might expect some actual fanfare. But this is 21st century Rome, and for a myriad of reasons, the city has chosen a predictable path and undertaken (more…)

The latest installment of my YouTube series “Katie Parla’s Rome” visits the ancient cattle market, the banks of the Tiber River and the Circus Maximus. Join me for a stroll through Rome’s ancient food spaces for a peek at the city’s archeology viewed through a culinary lens. If you’re up for more than a bit of armchair traveling, we can visit these and other ancient food destinations together on my tour “Food & Archeology: Trade, Traffic and Enterprise From Antiquity to Today”. More details on my tours page.

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I’m excited to announce a new tour dedicated to one of my favorite areas of Rome, the Via Prenestina and its adjacent Pigneto neighborhood. The three-hour tour begins at the edge of the 3rd century Aurelian Walls and progresses eastward to delve deeply into the history and culture of Pigneto, a pleasantly tourist-free district (more…)