Browsing by Category: Sweets & Dessert

brooks headleys fancy dessertd

I’m totally hooked on Brooks Headley’s desserts. The cookies, cakes and frozen treats he and his team make in Del Posto’s award winning kitchen are rooted in flavor and texture clashes that achieve a beautiful harmony through their contradiction. Like Brooks, they are endearingly unconventional and completely without (more…)

In my Rome, gelato is a way of life. After trying thousands of flavor combos for your tasting pleasure, I reveal the best of the best. Here’s what flavor pairings to look for at Rome’s best and greatest gelato shops. Cathc my other videos or subscribe to my YouTube channel here.


Gelato, long associated with hot Roman summers, has become a year-round treat in the Italian capital’s all-natural shops. The city’s artisans turn to savory flavors, often paired with alcohol, to entice customers. More in this weekend’s New York Times.

Euphrates dam Elazig

The Euphrates. It’s the stuff that dreams and freshman year history classes are made of. I had seen its crescent-shaped path slice through the maps of Turkey, Syria and Iraq a million times, but I had never seen it up close nor grasped its utter beauty. I caught my first glimpse of its serene, steel blue waters (more…)

Andrea de bellis

Photo credit: Agnese Gambini

Andrea De Bellis opened his eponymous pastry shop in central Rome in March and he hasn’t stopped innovating. Rome’s most creative pastry chef, whose 1000foglie bar and savory sandwiches are part of my daily regimen, chatted with Parla Food about how he got started and what inspires him. (more…)