In a country as culturally diverse as Italy, where regional differences in language, cuisine and drinking practices remain distinct even 150 years after unification, naming a national aperitif would be borderline blasphemy. But as far as northern Italy goes, you could build a pretty strong case for the Aperol Spritz. In the (more…)
Just across the Tiber River from the historical center, Trastevere was the neighborhood where foreigners and worshipers of foreign cults dwelled during early Roman times. Its charming maze of medieval streets and picturesque squares make it the ideal setting to discover Rome’s growth and development through ancient, medieval, and modern times.
Clamato is good. Too good. So good that on a trip to Paris in April I ate there twice, first with Mamma Parla alone and then again with our sister-mom-friend Şemsa. Clamato is brought to you by Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat, the duo behind acclaimed Septime, which happens to be next door. They opened (more…)
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). Find out more on the App Store.
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.