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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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Fried things at Supplizio.

This summer, I had the tremendous joy/honor of collaborating with prolific restaurant and portrait photographer Daniel Krieger, whose work you might recognize from The New York Times, Esquire, Bon Appetit, GQ, Eater, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Our piece for Punch, detailing a boozy Saturday night in Rome, turned out beautifully and I’m thrilled to share our piece for Food & Wine featuring Rome’s growing street food scene. Check out our words and images here.

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True love.

Update: The event has been cancelled for extenuating circumstances and is postponed until further notice. (more…)

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Competition among Naples’ historic pizzerias is fierce and for decades, institutions have reigned, attracting loyal admirers with their cheap pies and no frills atmosphere. But recently, the preeminence of the city’s long established pizza joints is being challenged by a new crop of pizzerias seeking to transform the humble native dish into a gourmet product crafted with top notch ingredients. I traveled to Naples for the NYT to explore the city’s new school pizzeria 50 Kalò, where tradition and inovation dwell in delicious harmony. The whole story is online and in this weekend’s paper.

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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…)