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Kp city guides app bundle.

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). Visit the App Store for detailsBundleCreate1_2x

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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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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 the printer, but whatcha gonna do?

For more Istanbul advice, visit my city page and download my app “Katie Parla’s Istanbul”, both positively rife with proper spellings of Turkish words.

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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 experience to restore my (more…)

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How do you make a person fall in love with a city you adore? When it comes to Istanbul, some might head directly to Hagia Sofia, while others would book a Bosphorus tour. And they wouldn’t be wrong. The city’s monuments and waterways are beyond beguiling. But on a recent trip to Istanbul with my (more…)