Archive for February, 2013

Last week we asked our Instagram followers to show us the most #bizarrefoods they’ve ever eaten — and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Bizarre Foods fans, you have certainly proven that you do, in fact, have the guts. While combing through all the photos of frogs’ legs, insects (lots of worms) and animal intestines — we even came upon a few images that left us feeling slightly … queasy (think: a severed, uncooked sheep’s head wrapped in cellophane). Here are a few of our favorites. Warning: They are not for the faint of heart.

Bizarre Foods Instagrams

Top Row, Left to Right

1) “#bizarrefoods Buah Keluah. Indonesian black nut pulp. Poisonous if it isn’t soaked properly for a couple days.” –  chubbychinesegirl

2) “Look at the buns on those guys.” - sarahcuiksa

3) “Homemade chicharon na bituka or deepfried pork intestine.” - jonathankano09

Second Row, Left to Right

1) “Tripe with ginger and scallion #offal #foodie” - thehungrydudes

2) “What the heck are my parents cooking for me to eat, tongue attached and everything #bizarrefoods #sundayfamilytime” - juliejaejung

3) “@travelchannel @andrewzimmern I ate Casu Marzu, the Sardinian cheese filled with live maggots! #BizarreFoods” - annaward14

Third Row, Left to Right

1) “Goooood Morning! Diet-mode Breakfast time… No Fried Rice but Tuyong Bisugo (dried salted fish) and Eggs for me ツ Yummmmy!” - xoxogrusha

2) “Tarantulas for tea! #cambodia #travel” - travelbugjac

3) ”Someone tried #balut tonight and it wasn’t me! The husband said it tasted like liver which doesn’t sound appealing at all… For those who don’t know what “balut” is, google it at your own risk! Needless to say we won’t be making out for a few days… Blehhh.” - taliastudio

Bottom Row, Left to Right

1) “Boiled sheep head for dinner.” - trekker_heck

2) “This is probably the last time I will ever eat rotting #shark fermented in urine again. #hakarl #lokicafe #reykjavik #iceland” - trekker_heck

3) “Most bizarre thing I’ve ever eaten? A whole piranha out of Lake Nicaragua#BizarreFoods” - jessicaarmour

And for even more of the bizarre, follow Andrew Zimmern’s “Organ” Trail.

Each year, devoted fans of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition wait in anticipation of who will grace the magazine’s cover. Will it be Kate Upton again, or someone else? For us, the excitement goes far beyond the question of who will grace the cover. For 2013, the magazine took its production to 7 continents — and 17 wonders of the world — crisscrossing the globe from Easter Island to Africa. This year’s edition also included the first fashion shoot to take place on the ice-covered terrain of Antarctica. And Travel Channel has the pleasure of airing the 1-hour special Sports Illustrated®: The Making of Swimsuit ’13 – 7 Continents, 17 Wonders, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8|7c.

See these beautiful destinations for yourself in our Sports Illustrated 2013 Swimsuit Destinations slideshow. Plus, get the complete listing of hotels and world-renowned resorts that were the stunning backdrops for this year’s unprecedented production, in our SI Swimsuit 2013 Travel Guide.

Croatia

Last week, it looks like many of our Pinterest followers were daydreaming about frolicking through cascading water, surrounded by terraced waterfalls and lush green hills. We know because this scene, from Krka National Park in Dalmatia, Croatia, was last week’s most popular pin. We certainly can’t blame you — why do you think Croatia is featured in our ultimate Trip of a Lifetime giveaway? Keep entering – everyday – for a chance to win this $100,000 trip to the Adriatic, and your fantasy pinboard could become a reality.

Photography by Getty Images

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Andrew Zimmern and his hit show Bizarre Foods America return to Travel Channel tonight. First up, watch a special “Fan Favorite Countdown” of your (the fans!) favorite Bizarre Foods America moments. Then, at 9|8c, stick with Andrew as he visits Washington, DC, to check out the food truck and Ethiopian food scenes, the area’s snakehead fish delicacy, and chef Jose Andres’ newest venture, America Eats Tavern.

Follow Andrew’s North American travels with our new Bizarre Foods’ “Organ” Trail map.

Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode:

 

 

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Each February, the City of Saints is decked out in green, purple and yellow, wild parades roll through town, and countless strands of colorful beads dangle from trees, power lines, balconies … and attractive women. If you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Travel Channel’s got you covered.

Mardi Gras

The Big Easy is one big party during Mardi Gras. Check out photos from past celebrations, and get tips from locals on how to navigate the boisterous crowds.

The French Quarter

Work your way down NOLA’s infamous Bourbon Street and admire the flashing neon signs urging you to slurp down a daiquiri, a “grenade,” or a “huge-ass beer” – all served in to-go cups, of course. The Quarter is Mardi Gras mecca, but if you can’t make it there for the year’s most debaucherous day, visit in spirit with a (virtual) stroll through the city.

The Music Scene

Sure, Bourbon Street is a must-visit. But there is much more to the Crescent City than the cluster of bachelor-party-filled bars that line the city’s most lively (and touristy) street. Locals flock to nearby Frenchmen Street, where you can take your pick from a number of great live music clubs. For more, check out our article on New Orleans’ Coolest Live Music Venues, and be sure to check out who’s playing at Tipitinas and the Maple Leaf during your visit.

NOLA Food

Sip chicory coffee and give in to your craving for those world-famous beignets doused in powdered sugar … but certainly don’t stop there! You’d be remiss if you didn’t have at least one awesome po’ boy, a cup of gumbo, a plate of Willie Mae’s fried chicken and a bite of King Cake! To stir up your appetite, get a Taste of New Orleans and or browse restaurant suggestions from our editors in our New Orleans Travel Guide.

Voodoo Magic

What’s New Orleans without a little dose of Voodoo? On your Weekend Trip to New Orleans, take a Cemetery Voodoo Tour through St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 and leave an offering at the grave of Marie Laveau – NOLA’s “Voodoo Queen.” She’s rumored to have powers even in death, so you’d better not get on her bad side.

The Garden District

Get a glimpse of some of the best-preserved Southern mansions in the US as you explore the Garden District. You may even recognize some residents – Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning and Nicolas Cage all have homes here. Plus, keep an eye out for the house where The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was filmed. For more suggestions for things to do, be sure to check out our New Orleans Travel Guide.

Layover App

Anthony’s next stop on his quest to save the hotel industry lands him at the The Curve Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Just a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, “Playground of the Stars,” is known for its abundant sunshine, relaxing atmosphere and ultra-modern hotels.

In recent years, dozens of small boutique hotels have opened in Palm Springs, competing with one another to recapture that swank 50s vibe. The Curve Hotel’s owners, bought the 150-room property back in 2008 when it was still a 1-star budget roadside motel and they have recently decided to turn it into a boutique hotel to cash in on the craze. Unfortunately, their decision to upgrade hasn’t worked out so far, and the owners have seen a significant drop in occupancy.

As soon as Anthony drives into the parking lot, he realizes that The Curve hotel is in the midst of an identity crisis – is it a boutique hotel, or is it a travel lodge?

Will Anthony be able to help the hotel’s owners turn things around before they get left in the dust by the competition? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.

Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to Palm Springs.

Photography by Rob Hammer / Aurora Photos

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With all the attention New Orleans has been getting lately, how could Bourbon Street not be the most popular pin on our Pinterest boards last week? Despite its raucous reputation – or perhaps because of it – Bourbon Street is a New Orleans must-see, even if you’re just going to “admire the architecture.”

Take a photo tour of the Big Easy or follow in Tony’s footsteps with his travel guide from the New Orleans episode of The Layover.

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