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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.

In the latest installment of Ali Rosen’s Potluck Video series, Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery and I talk about a few (of many) common pizza styles.

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Justin and Dillon Naylor on their farm.

The latest Parla-Proust questionnaire features Justin Naylor, a former high school Latin teacher with whom I collaborated when he would bring his students to Rome from Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Justin recently resigned from his teaching gig to give his full attention to Old Tioga Farm, his farm and restaurant (more…)

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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.