Archive for December, 2012

On 2, on 2. Down. Set. Hut. Hut! Weeden drops back, has Watson over the middle, fires to the back of the end zone — TOUCHDOWN! That’s the sound of 9-year veteran Ben Watson catching his second touchdown of the afternoon on the road against the Dallas Cowboys in their 3-million-square-foot, $1.5 billion stadium.

But how did we get to this point? How did the Browns get to Dallas and what preparations had to be made in order for the game to be played? Find out tonight at 10|9c on an all-new episode of NFL Road Tested.

Before the game in Dallas, the Browns organization gets some free time during their much-needed bye week. Journey inside the life of an NFL player as we get an exclusive look at tight end Ben Watson, kicker Phil Dawson and other members of the team at home with their families.

When the bye week is complete, it’s back to business as usual. As practice begins on Wednesday, Simon Gelan, the operations manager, has already landed in Dallas to prepare every detail of the team’s visit. From planning meals to facilitating a stadium walkthrough, Simon works around the clock in the days leading up to the game to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Cowboys stadium also plays host to a high school football game on Saturday night, making the job of the equipment staff even tougher than most game days. After getting to stadium at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, the staff works diligently to shine helmets, clean cleats and set up the lockers before the players arrive.

Will the staff be able to get everything together while operating on a tight schedule? Will the Browns shock the Cowboys and pull off a stunning upset? Catch an all-new episode of NFL Road Tested, tonight at 10|9c.

Ethiopia

Tonight @ 9|8c, Todd ventures to the birthplace of coffee: Ethiopia. Finding a great coffee bean in the motherland should be easy, right? Well, not exactly.

Since great coffee is available for purchase in markets throughout the country, Todd has to go above and beyond to find a bean that is not only better than great, but different from anything he’s already found. Not to mention, the government tightly guards the country’s coffee industry. Not only does the government control the coffee trade with a Wall Street-like market system, but they also blend every kind of bean together, stripping it of any discernable identity.

Can Todd navigate Ethiopia’s chaotic roads and overpowering government to find a new and exotic coffee bean? Tune in to find out!

 

We’ve all had THAT neighbor — the one who has blinky multi-colored lights covering their house before Thanksgiving dinner is even over. You know … the one who’s electric bill for the month of December must be truly astounding. Now’s their time to shine! Take a picture of your favorite holiday lights display — whether it’s of an enthusiastic neighbor’s decor, or the Christmas tree in Rock Center — and Instagram it using the hashtag #tcholidaylights. We’ll pick our favorites and showcase them on the blog starting this Thursday.

Tomorrow, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET, our sister network Cooking Channel will broadcast this special — one-night-only — benefit concert and fundraiser for those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The concert will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will air on Cooking Channel and CookingChanneltv.com.

Each penny raised on 12.12.12. will go directly to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is working directly with nonprofit groups assisting those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Don’t miss live performances by Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.

Tune in to Cooking Channel on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET to watch the concert live or go to CookingChanneltv.com to watch it live right from their blog.

 

Photography by Henning Marstrand / Axiom / Aurora Photos

When 18th-century explorer James Bruce was seeking the source of the Nile, he stumbled upon the monumental Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia and put his hands over his ears. More »

 

Anthony and Casey

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation and stay where one of your favorite movies was filmed? If Anthony can help renovate and rebrand the Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, AZ, site of the 1957 Glenn Ford flick 3:10 to Yuma, that dream could become reality.

However, Anthony is not alone in his quest to restore the Triangle T Ranch to its former glory. Special guest interior designer, Casey Noble from HGTV, has taken time out of her busy schedule to help renovate the lobby and guest rooms of the Arizona-based resort.

After it takes Anthony over 15 minutes to find what he thinks is the lobby, he discovers that the trailer is an abandoned mess with trash and broken phones lying on the counter. As he walks back to his car, he notices broken lampposts, cobwebs, trash littered on the ground and rancid port-o-potties. Needless to say, the Triangle T Ranch is in very poor shape upon Anthony’s arrival and in serious danger of going under.

Will Anthony and Casey be able to return the Triangle T back to prominence? Can sales and marketing expert Cindy Lew rebrand the entire resort before the ranch tanks? Find out on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible, tonight @ 10|9c.

See Casey Noble’s Design Corner tips and tricks for the Triangle T Ranch renovation here.

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from this episode.

Sao Paulo

Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain visits Sao Paulo – one of the most populous cities in the world. Tony’s top Sao Paulo travel tip? Know someone in the city to show you around … otherwise, it can be overwhelming.

Unfortunately, we can’t all be so lucky as to have a collection of super-cool (and trustworthy) foodie friends all over the world. But if you’re planning a trip to Sao Paulo soon, you do have Mr. Bourdain himself! Plan your itinerary based on our travel guide from Tony’s layover – it includes all the restaurants and places he visited, plus some tips for where to stay (even if you’re looking to get a room for just a few hours …).

See behind-the-scenes photos from Tony’s trip, and find out where he dined on “the perfect dish,” admired the art of Sao Paulo’s graffiti artists — and where he nursed his hangover!

By Oyster.com Staff

US Virgin Islands

The small collection of mostly arid islands that make up the US Virgin Islands has long been a seafarers stomping ground — from the pirates of yore to today’s more abundant cruise ship hordes and the occasional yachtsman. And as they have for the past 400 years, people come to the islands mainly to drink, relax on the beach, and bargain shop — often, in just that order. Traveling to the islands, considered “insular areas” or “unincorporated territories” of the United States, is in many ways analogous to traveling within the US — citizens don’t need a passport, the US dollar is the official currency, and English is the official language. But a trip to the Virgin Islands still feels like a getaway with its laid-back atmosphere and sunny weather.

The islands’ hotels are largely concentrated on the 3 main islands – St. Thomas (the only island with an airport), St. John, and, to a lesser extent, St. Croix. Since the islands are so small, anywhere you stay will be within about a 30-minute drive from anywhere else on the island. Hotels range from the low-key, no-frills, family-owned spots, to all-inclusive mega-resorts, to unplugged, natural luxury, like at Caneel Bay, a historic sugar plantation turned top-notch hotel visited by the rich and famous (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stayed here). Even with a quaint pool and rustic rooms that lack TVs and phones, Caneel’s attentive service and unparalleled setting make it one of the Caribbean’s best resorts. On neighboring St. Thomas, the Ritz-Carlton is also a luxe option, located only 5 minutes from Red Hook’s fun dining and yacht scene. And those traveling with kids (and on a tighter budget) may consider the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa – a clean, modern, family-oriented resort with a full-service spa, an excellent snorkeling beach and tons of kids’ activities.

Photography by Marcos Leol, flickr

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At Ponta dos Ganchos resort along Brazil’s emerald coast, bungalows and villas are stylish cocoons of relaxation, each one striking in its clean-lined design driven by Brazilian hardwoods, crisp white linens, and, in some cases, sultry bathtubs and plunge pools. More »

 

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