Browsing by Category: Istanbul

ipad-iphone-parla-instanbul-fpoI am super excited to announce the arrival of “Katie Parla’s Istanbul”, which hit the App Store a few hours ago! For over a decade, I have been studying Istanbul and its food, tracing the origins of the city’s dishes, crisscrossing the Bosphorus in search of ingredients and feeding my full-blown obsession with (more…)

sekiz istanbul beetroot

So many of İstanbul’s so-called fine dining establishments fall way short of expectations. In a sense, most of them aren’t meant to have good food, anyway, but instead serve as trendy places with boring food where people go to see (more…)

adana kebap

Superlatives are highly subjective and, in most cases, proclaiming a place “the best” is arbitrary, or even ridiculous. But when it comes to Adana Oçakbaşı in Kurtuluş, I see no other way to proceed. Go see for yourself. Book well in advance and if you can take the heat, sit near the grill where ciğer (liver) is (more…)

askana-manti

Mantı, which are sometimes described as Turkish ravioli, are pinched dumplings filled with meat. They are a specialty of Kayseri, a city in central Anatolia near Cappadocia, and are serve slathered in garlic and yogurt, then drizzled with melted butter. If this sounds like the perfect food, it kind of is— (more…)

kantin-dukkan-kasar-tost

In the interest of full disclosure I will put it right out there: Kantin’s chef Şemsa Denizsel is a close friend and I am writing this post from the comfort of her home. In other words, this won’t exactly be my standard anonymous review. That said, I loved Şemsa’s cooking and bold personality long before (more…)