Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda

Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda is managing producer of Travelchannel.com. A Washingtonian, Floridian and wannabe Charlestonian, Rani’s passion for writing, travel, photography and food brought her to Africa, Singapore and Italy. Not even close to scratching her Bucket List, Rani looks forward to her next adventure: traveling with her husband and 2 small children. Follow Rani on Twitter @IAmCraftWeb.

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Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

Curtis P-40 Warhawk Airplanes

For the first time, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day, aircraft used during World War II will fly over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Friday at 12:10 p.m. The planes will start their journey  from the Culpeper and Manassas regional airports in Virginia, ultimately making their way along the Potomac River to the National Mall in DC, where the first formation will come together over the Lincoln Memorial.

Part of the Arsenal of Democracy World War II Victory Capitol Flyover, the event will include more than 25 types of historic planes flying in formations that represent not just V-E Day but several significant milestones in World War II, including Pearl Harbor.

Can’t make it to DC this Friday? Not to worry! Watch the celebration online through a live webcast.

For more information on Friday’s event — and for details on how to see the aircraft up close on Saturday at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport — visit www.2flyover.org.

Bhaktapur Nepal

By now, you must have heard the devastating news of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Nepal region. Nestled between India and China, Nepal has a population of more than 27 million, and its capital, Kathmandu, is commonly known as the last pit stop for climbers heading to Mount Everest’s base camp. Our thoughts go out to the family members of the more than 4,000 victims who lost their lives in Saturday’s natural disaster.

Like most countries that are hit by natural disasters, Nepal will rebuild. Its people are incredibly resilient, and no one knows that better than Bruce Kirkby, a professional photographer, climber and host of Travel Channel’s new series Big Crazy Family Adventure (coming in June), which filmed in Nepal in 2014 for an episode set to air this summer.

After speaking with Bruce, it was clear that as devastating as this earthquake has been, the Nepali people are strong. Here’s what Bruce had to say during our short Q&A. READ MORE

It may be a little chilly today, but it’s still a gorgeous day in DC — perfect for enjoying the official kickoff of the monthly food-truck festival called Truckeroo, happening now on the fairgrounds at Half Street and M Street SE. At work? No problem! Truckeroo runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., so you have plenty of time to sample DC Empanadas, Korean BBQ Taco Box, NeatMeat DC, Red Hook Lobster Pound and 23 others offering up Washington’s best in food trucks.

If you miss today’s event, not to worry. Truckeroo comes back each month during the warmer months (generally April to September).

For more information, visit foodtruckfiesta.com.

Bon appetit!

 

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Andrew Zimmern in Kazakhstan

Chef, food writer, teacher and producer/host Andrew Zimmern is back with all-new episodes of Bizarre Foods! In tonight’s season opener, Andrew travels to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Located in central Asia, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world (by land area) and is bordered by Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Andrew gets a real taste of Kazakhstan living, including a tour of Almaty’s “Green Bazaar,” a few home-cooked meals and a visit to one of the most popular shashlik restaurants (serving kebabs) in the city.

Go behind the scenes with Andrew to get his take on the trip.

Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.

Mariana van Zeller speaks with a local in Arizona

Tonight marks one of the first episodes of Breaking Borders that really touches on a subject that’s very close to home in America: immigration. Regardless of what your opinion is, the episode — “Dying for the American Dream” — will present you with both sides of the conversation. Hosts Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio interview Mexican families affected by the border laws, as well as Minutemen, who unofficially serve as self-appointed US border guards. After watching, let us know where you stand on some of the US immigration laws people are talking about.

Watch tonight at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.

Dying for the American Dream

 

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Have you seen the latest buzz surrounding our new series Breaking Borders? The fans, celebrities and chefs are talking on Twitter, and we’re loving what they’re saying!

@EmilyOsment: Make sure you watch my dear friend @MVoltaggio on his new show #BreakingBorders tnite (Sundays) @ 9pm on the Travel Channel ! It’s UNREAL. #Jerusalem

@SamShankman: @travelchannel bets on more substantial content w new food + politics series w hosts @marianavz @mvoltaggio http://bit.ly/1OyXgTt

@chefjoseandres: so proud of my boy @MVoltaggio his new show will show human resilience around the world! tonite! watch it! #breakingborders @travelchannel

Breaking Borders premiered March 15. The show takes journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio into some of the most beautiful but extreme conflict zones to get the story behind the story. Together, they have a unique and challenging goal: to gather people from all sides of the conflict together to break bread and explore the issues that divide them. While at each location, Mariana and Michael take in the culture, people and cuisine.

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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Travel Channel’s groundbreaking series Breaking Borders premieres tonight with the “Mother of All Conflicts“  episode in Jerusalem, which focuses on the age-old tug-of-war between Israel and Palestine. Award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller and acclaimed chef Michael Voltaggio are our hosts, our eyes and our ears as they explore Jerusalem, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, the US-Mexico border, Cyprus and countless other locations. The goal is not to try to solve the conflicts and achieve world peace, but just to get a conversation started, at the dinner table, around the questions “What if”” and “What would it take for these 2 sides to come together and have peace?” At the end of each episode, Mariana and Michael host a dinner, prepared by Michael, where 2 opposing sides of a conflict come together to break bread.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

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Zak Bagans

When the inspiration behind The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Gein, died in 1984, he left a parting gift — the cauldron in which he mutilated and skinned his victims. As of this week, our very own “king of the dark world” and host of Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans, is the owner of the cauldron.

Perhaps congratulations are in order, Zak, for your winning bid of $2,800, but we’re too scared to congratulate too much.

According to TMZ, Zak thought the cauldron would make “a nice conversation piece.” Indeed it will, Zak.

Watch Ghost Adventures, Saturdays at 9|8c, only on Travel Channel.

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Day 1 of our Travel Channel Star casting call at the Tastemade Studios is complete. We had a great turnout Wednesday. Contestants local to Los Angeles and from as far as Canada came to tell us why they were the next Marianela Pereyra or Kinga Philipps.

Today is Day 2, and your last chance to audition in person runs from 5 to 9 p.m. (line starts at 3 p.m.) at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, CA. However, we are also accepting online submissions at travelchannelstar.com until April 15.

See our favorite pictures from Wednesday’s casting call.

Travel Channel Star casting call attendees line up at the Tastemade Studios.

Travel Channel Star casting call attendees line up at the Tastemade Studios.

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Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio

Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio in Jerusalem’s Old City, at the hand of Christ.

We’re 1 month away from the premiere of our new series Breaking Borders an episode in Jerusalem (“Mother of All Conflicts“). Travel Channel executive producer Brian Leonard traveled to Jerusalem with the Breaking Borders crew and its co-hosts, journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio. It was Brian’s first time in Jerusalem, so we thought it would be the perfect time to have him give us his insights on everything Israel: the people, the food, the historical significance and more.

Related: Brian Leonard Talks “Breaking Borders” on BlogTalkRadio

What were your expectations?
I could not wait to land in Israel and get to Jerusalem, even though most of what you see on the news seems like “unrest,” i.e., clashes between soldiers and the Palestinian youth, tear gas, riot helmets and flak vests. My family definitely had some concerns about safety, but that, for me, was easily overshadowed by what I was about to experience. For the record, I never felt threatened or unsafe, even when we were in the middle of some Jewish tourists being “escorted” through the Old Market in Hebron in the West Bank. There was some pushing and shoving and yelling, but it was fairly under control.

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